“I will never forget the hope in the children’s eyes, when we announced them that we eventually succeeded in our goals. Even we, could not believe it! We try every day to support more than 700 children through the Guardianship Network, some live on the streets, some other in camps. The five children that went to Portugal have boosted our strength to continue with our daily struggles”, recounts Zoe, member of METAdrasis’ Guardianship Network for Unaccompanied Minors, who escorted the children during their trip.
Notably touching is the contribution of Just Cycling, an initiative of the Swiss Organisation No More Walking, through which cyclists from many countries around Europe united their strengths in May 2016, cycling from Amsterdam to London and back, in order to assist METAdrasi’s actions for the unaccompanied children. With their help, we managed to cover the travel expenses of the five children and to support the Portuguese Organizations that undertook their care.
METAdrasi coordinates its efforts in finding resources for the immediate transfer of more children to Portugal.
“We express our deep gratitude to all the people who contributed to this effort and hope that the European institutions and governments will be inspired and will support and promote this excellent example of cooperation and solidarity. It takes courage, perseverance and faith in European values”, stated METAdrasi’s President Lora Pappa.