The HOME Project is a nonprofit organization that cares for unaccompanied children whose families and lives are wrecked by war and persecution, empowering them to persevere and grow into active citizens.
At the heart of this disaster is the little told story of the children, refugees who have been ripped from their homelands through violence and war, and who seek the basic security which most of us take for granted. Over half of the displaced population are children. Many of them are unaccompanied, alone, forced to fend for themselves and at risk of danger. This number continues to increase and with border closures they are now stranded in Greece. Thousands of children are without parents, family or any kind of guardian and urgently need support.
These children are scattered around the refugee camps, police stations and detention centers. The living conditions are horrific and inhumane. Through no fault of their own, these children are the innocent victims of this crisis. They flee from violence only to find it again at a European border. They are the silent heart of this disaster.
The HOME Project was founded in response to the call made by President Obama to the private sector to help in addressing the refugee crisis in 2016.
IKEA Foundation is our main funder and has enabled the operation of 10 shelters and also made available the establishment of our Child Protection Unit, consisting of professional social workers, psychologists, lawyers and psychiatrists, and its implementation model, concluding to an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for every child we care for. The development of the IDP is an ongoing process aligned with the development of a child, in four main areas: a) Mental Health, b) Education, c) Pedagogical Support, d) Social Support.
Shapiro Foundation supports the full operation of one shelter for girls and minor mothers with their babies as well as an educational program that has granted 43 full-time scholarships at ACS Athens.
Currently, The HOME Project operates 13 shelters. The Dutch Government supported financially the opening and operation of the three new shelters, through the collaboration of The HOME Project and Movement on The Ground, a Dutch NGO. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation supports financially the operation of three shelters. The operation of four shelters is being supported financially by the Greek National Development Plan.
The HOME Project exists to bring these people to safe haven. It provides security, dignity and decent living conditions for the most vulnerable. It serves to recognize our common humanity and to do something for those who need it most. At the HOME Project, we Help, Overcome, Motivate, Empower. Together we hope to build a better future.
- Helping refugee children to safety and security
- Overcoming the trauma of violence and loss
- Motivating reintegration and healing
- Empowering new beginnings
Children, migrants who have been ripped from their homelands through violence and war, seek the basic security which most of us take for granted.Youth Delegate at the High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges in Geneva, 2016
The number of unaccompanied minors continues to increase and with border closures they are now stranded in Greece. Thousands of children are without parents, family or any kind of guardian and urgently need support.Delegate at the High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges in Geneva, 2016