Our mission is to provide a HOME for every unaccompanied refugee child that arrives in Europe.
In the first 2 years of our operations we managed to create and ensure the sustainability of 11 new shelters in Athens, Greece, offering shelter, support and protection to more than 400 kids. We will keep expanding in the months and years to come.
We create and operate homes where lone children receive a holistic network of child protection services covering food, material, medical provision, social, legal, psychological support and obtain immediate access to education and training.
The comprehensive system of protection, support and social inclusion we are building provides young people with opportunities to have a life of dignity back and stop struggling to survive. The HOME Project shelter model provides more than a safe home for the most vulnerable, it creates jobs for refugees and refurbishes property with a beneficial social purpose in mind. Hence, we help both the refugee and the Greek population.
More than 50% of our shelter staff is comprised of refugees. We empower people to become the healers both of themselves and their own community.
There are many highly trained professionals amongst the refugee community that are eager to work and become role models for young people, demonstrating in hopeful action that their future can be positive.
The shelters are intended as rehabilitative environments and models of inclusion, skills building and employment, leading to an organic, bottom-up form of social integration both for the refugees working there as well as for the accommodated children.
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its childrenNelson Mandela (1918-2013)