15 DECEMBER 2008 / The completion of two milestone-projects brings added value to Social Welfare

Two significant projects, granted by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, have recently been completed, bringing added value to Social Welfare, with particular emphasis on efforts to improve the lives of people with special needs and of children suffering from cancer.

The grants awarded to “Alkyoni” and “Floga – Parents’ Association of Children with Cancer” aim at improving the lives of people struggling to become integral parts of a society that tends to exclude them; as well as those of children fighting for their right to undergo therapeutic process with dignity. 

 

 “Alkyoni’s” new premises include a day care center and a short-term hostel for adults with special needs, catering for the broader area of Nafpaktos. The new premises were inaugurated on December 3rd, World Day for People with Special Needs, in Nafpaktos by his Reverence the Metropolitan Bishop of Nafpaktos and Saint Vlassios, Mr. Ierotheos. During the inauguration and throughout December, sixty works of art created by professors of the Athens School of Fine Arts are on show, thus further contributing to attracting guests who wish to learn more about “Alkyoni”. 

 

 The Chief Operating Officer and Secretary to the Greek Advisory Committee of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Mr. Epaminondas Farmakis, represented the Foundation at the inauguration ceremony, highlighting: “The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has demonstrated its commitment to supporting programs related to people with special needs and especially children. Every child has the right to growing up in a healthy environment and it is our duty, to provide all the care and encouragement possible to enable children with special needs and their families to improve the quality of their lives. “Alkyoni” is committed to this task and it is for this reason, that it is a joy sharing their vision and assisting in their efforts”. 

"Alkyoni" was established in 2003 in the city of Nafpaktos, which is located in Western Greece. Its purpose is to ameliorate the life of children and adults with mental disabilities who reside in the wider region. The association was created by a group of parents of children with special needs. Among the activities that the organization oversees are documenting the region’s population with special needs, training volunteers, a workshop for creative activities and a theatrical group, and the organization of exhibitions and an annual scientific seminar. 

 

Another noteworthy project, namely “Floga’s” hostel expansion, in the Athens city center, reached completion, and was gloriously celebrated. The grant to “Floga” involved the purchase of two –out of a total of seven- new apartments serving as expansion for the hostel, which can currently house 30 children suffering from cancer and their families, for as long as they undergo medical treatment. The hostel is located in proximity to Athens’ pediatric hospitals and accommodation is offered free of charge to families from all over Greece. 

 

 The new premises were inaugurated on December 8th by the General Secretary for Social Welfare, Mrs. Maria Trohani, while a great number of “Floga’s” friends attended the event. The Operations Advisor of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Mr. Petros Agelakos, also attended the event and highlighted respectively: “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, I would like to extend a big thank you to “Floga” for the services it offers to our society, as well as a wish for a very promising continuation of its work. We hope that the hostel’s expansion will significantly contribute to relieving children and their families from suffering”. 

 

 Floga was founded in 1982 by parents whose children suffer from cancer. The association provides multifaceted services including granting support to parents, financial aid to less privileged families, coverage of the cost of medical tests not covered by public health insurance, assistance to children’s hospitals for improving conditions and medical equipment, etc. In operation since 2002, the hostel Floga provides all necessary services so that the children have the opportunity and ability to live a “normal” life, while undergoing therapy.