Athens, December 15, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Olga Mavrou
Stavros Niarchos Foundation approved a grant of 1,000,000 euro to support non-governmental organizations, such as Doctors Without Borders Hellas, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Lifeguards Hellas, Starfish, a grassroots volunteer group and others. The new grant aims at supporting organizations and on-site volunteers, who are assisting in the refugee crisis.
Additionally, the Foundation will sub fund for Unaccompanied Minors, as part of a comprehensive strategy to protect this vulnerable population.
Myrto Xanthopoulou, Program Coordinator of the Foundation’s Social Welfare team, said “the magnitude of the refugee crisis has created an unstable and unsustainable environment, and having witnessed the situation on the ground, and following discussions with organizations involved, the Foundation understands the growing humanitarian needs and will be supporting a number of strategic collaborations that will hopefully contribute towards minimizing suffering and strife, especially among the weakest and most disadvantaged populations.”
This new grant is the second. Another grant of 750,000 euros was given in September to Doctors Without Borders Hellas and the International Rescue Committee, in order to support the emergency response efforts of the grantees in the islands of the Aegean and in Northern Greece.