Caritas Greece is working hard to help people who are suffering from the country’s financial difficulties. At a refugee centre for immigrants living in and near Athens, Caritas serves 300 meals a day, offers Greek and English lessons, provides vaccinations for children, and gives out relief kits with clothes, blankets and baby milk.
The charity has been receiving larger numbers of Afghans, Middle Easterners and Africans. Because of the financial crisis, many Greeks are now employing only Greeks, so many immigrants are more in need than ever.
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By Martina Liebsch, CI migration advocacy officer
While in Athens for the preparations of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, I took the opportunity to meet up with my colleague Begoña Kalliga, from the Caritas Athens Refugee Programme.
Begoña is a journalist and works as a volunteer in the Centre which is located in Kapodistriou Street in the centre of Athens. The centre runs a soup kitchen for refugees and migrants and provides material assistance in the form of food bags, clothing and bed linen to cover basic needs, language courses in Greek and English, assistance from a social worker and a vaccination programme for the children. Two hundred and fifty meals are served daily five days a week. The centre is always full. Continue reading