How to Help Refugees in Greece

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TIME is currently following three babies born to Syrian refugees in Europe over their first year of life, for our Finding Home project. Many people have written in to ask how they can help Rahaf, Heln and Faraj as their families struggle through the process of seeking asylum. Here are some humanitarian organizations, many of which are directly involved in making their lives better:

Praksis: One of Greece’s largest humanitarian organizations dedicated to the care and support of vulnerable social groups, Praksis has been supporting refugees long before the outburst of the refugee crisis. The NGO provides accommodation and primary healthcare services, legal and psychosocial support to the most vulnerable groups of refugees. Especially for unaccompanied minors, Praksis’ 15 Accommodation Centers are able to host almost 400 refugee children offering –apart from the above-mentioned services– a unique full integration program into the society.

Rowing Together Non-profit organization founded in Spain, currently providing gynecological assistance to female refugees in Greece.

Syrian American Medical Society: A U.S. based non-profit, non-political, medical and humanitarian relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria, as well as with Syrian refugees in Greece to alleviate suffering and save lives.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: the world’s largest humanitarian and development network, with programs in Greece specifically aimed at supporting refugees through food and clothing deliveries, health care, and educational programs, particularly in the camps, where 30,000 refugees are still living.

CARE International: provides shelter and psychosocial support to refugee women and mothers in Athens, Greece, as part of their wider effort to help Syrians displaced within Syria, and Syrian refugees.

Norwegian Refugee Council: Runs temporary refugee housing in hotels, as well as provides medical support, assistance, clothing, bedding, food items, medical items and baby items to refugees across Greece.

Doctors of the World/ Médecins du Monde: an international medical organization that provides primary and maternal healthcare in refugee camps and shelters across Greece.

International Rescue Committee: The IRC has been responding to the refugee crisis in Greece since July 2015 with a focus on environmental health, protection and emergency financial assistance. They are working to ensure that refugees have clean water, proper sanitation, psychosocial support, and emergency financial assistance. They also provide informal learning activities for children, women and girls to help them maximize their time in limbo.

Catholic Relief Services and Caritas: CRS along with its local partner, Caritas, supports refugees not only in camps, but also those living urban areas who are often among the most vulnerable given their lack of safe shelter and access to social services. CRS/ Caritas also provides cash grants to help refugees buy health and hygiene supplies and food items. The organization provides counseling and legal support through its social service centers located in Athens and Thessaloniki.


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