Our organization was born from our need to help vulnerable children living in our own community. As the financial crisis in Greece deepened, the number of people living at or below the poverty line rapidly increased. Even worse, the rate of extreme poverty, especially among children, surged.
We sought ways to help families in need directly, but soon realized that this was impossible to do. So, we decided that we would create an organization that could access and help families directly ourselves. Thus, Πρώτα το Παιδί – Children First was founded in December 2019.
Our goal is to help reduce the inequalities faced by the most vulnerable members of society, children at risk of poverty or living below the poverty line, caused by the decade-long, ongoing financial crisis in Greece.
In Greece, 500,000 children
live at risk of poverty
We work with families to help break the cycle of poverty
by investing in the well-being of their children via a holistic program that includes:
the provision of daily quality nutrition
educational courses, including after-school foreign-language courses and any additional academic tutoring needed by the child
extra-curricular activities, including team sports and capacity-building activities, as well as any activities that may explore the child’s interests or nurture potential talents
preventative and curative medical care programs, including vaccinations, dental programs, health assessments and medical examinations
counseling sessions to guide parents towards the best use of our services and to develop skills, competences and orientation to actively empower their children