The HOME Project
The HOME Project serves to recognize our common humanity and to provide security, dignity and decent living conditions for the most vulnerable. HOME means Helping, Overcoming, Motivating and Empowering. Together we hope to build a better future.
The HOME Project is a non-profit organization based in Greece set up to address the needs of unaccompanied refugee children and adolescents. In eleven shelters spread all over Athens the initiative provides a holistic network of child protection services in order to offer relief from suffering to all those affected by the crisis and to give hope out of despair.
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 is creating well-developed programs to provide refugee children with safety and security, basic human needs and psychological support to help them overcoming the trauma of violence and loss, motivating reintegration and healing, and empowering them for a new beginning and incorporating them into society.
The model is three-fold:
- The shelters in Athens are spaces, where children receive a holistic network of child protection services via an individual development plan that includes mental health, educational, social, pedagogical and legal support.
- Jobs are created on an ongoing basis for both the Greek and the refugee community.
- Value is added to the local economy by renovating and renting vacant buildings in urban areas, lifting an economic burden from the owners while engaging local communities.
In less than three years we operate 11 shelters with a capacity of 220 children, we have supported more than 450 unaccompanied children, and we have offered 140 jobs. At www.homeproject.org you can learn more about the organisation and its work.