Orphanage in Piraeus gets a hand

The latest project by Friends of Habitat for Humanity, Greater Athens, a volunteer group that repairs buildings for individuals or groups in need, continues this coming weekend at the Hadzikyriakio Orphanage in Piraeus, home to nearly 80 children. Volunteer members of the public began painting the orphanage’s run-down perimeter fence last month and will be meeting again this Saturday and Sunday morning (November 4 and 5) to finish the job. Friends of Habitat for Humanity was established as an NGO in 2005 to provide moral, financial and technical assistance to individuals, families and organizations (schools, clinics, community centers, etc) in need of decent housing and to repair or restore their buildings at no profit or monetary gain. Since then, Friends of Habitat for Humanity has refurbished and renovated the ELEPAP Center in Pangrati (for children with physical disabilities), The Ark and The Multicultural Center (both community centers for refugee children), and supported the NGO Smile of the Child with future plans to reconstruct a building that will house children living in protective custody from abusive families. For the Hadzikyriakio Orphanage project, Habitat is calling for 100 student volunteers, armed with a small paintbrush (paint is provided). «A light lunch will be provided for all hands along with a certificate of participation and the knowledge that your effort brightened the world of children that have no other place to call home,» said Habitat’s communications director, Angela Kousouli. Call 210.418.2251 or e-mail [email protected] to confirm how many volunteers will be participating.

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