It is estimated that more than 3,500 unaccompanied children* live in precarious conditions, while it is estimated that about 600 children are homeless in Athens or are in protective custody in Police Stations due to lack of places in appropriate accommodation facilities.
It is precisely for these children who live in fear and insecurity and who do not know how to cope or where to turn for help, that METAdrasi has launched a Network for the Protection of Homeless Unaccompanied Minors.
The Network started its operation gradually in December 2019 and came to full implementation during the first lockdown period and the implementation of strict quarantine measures to combat the coronarivus pandemic. The intervention was deemed imperative, as children could not move around to seek support and the organizations, obeying to the measures, adapted their mode of operation accordingly.
The network consists of the following interventions that supplement eat other in order to offer a holistic and personalized care and support to each homeless unaccompanied minor.
These interventions are:
- Day Center “1stop4homeless”
Unaccompanied teenagers can find personalized legal and psychosocial support, as well as a safe place to share their thoughts and to socialize. There is provision for delivery of basic needs items, as well as referrals to accommodation facilities. The center is open from 10.00-18.00.
Specialized members of METAdrasi’s team, together with the valuable contribution of our volunteers, have been supporting the homeless unaccompanied children of Athens by providing basic necessities, personal care and hygiene kits, psychosocial support and connection with METAdrasi’s Day Center “1stop4homeless”.
Homeless unaccompanied children can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can send their message in their own language or they can call at (+30) 214 100 87 00 (extension 282) where, with the help of an interpreter, we answer their questions, we inform and advise them. We have also set up the telephone number/Viber/WhatsApp (+30) 6908091433 in which they can also send their requests.
* According to data from ΕΚΚΑ
For the operation of the Network for the Protection of Homeless Unaccompanied Minors, METAdrasi uses part of the humanitarian prize of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The Day Center “1stop4homeless” was established with the support of the Trafigura Foundation, and since January 2021, is operating with the support of UNHCR and the co-funding by the European Union. The Mobile Unit is supported by UNHCR.