Services

What we do for unaccompanied children

Child protection is at the core of Faros’ vision. Our staff is combing the streets of Athens seeking, supporting, and bringing unaccompanied refugee children to safety. Our drop-in centre is in the heart of the city and easily accessible. We provide a safe environment, hot meals, and psychosocial support to 100 boys and teenagers every week. Our shelter has also become home to 22 unaccompanied children. Children have access to legal services, education, and vocational training. But our vision goes even further. We strive to protect every child’s fundamental right to a childhood and equip them with the skills to face the future.

"Refugee minors are primarily children.
We provide support and protection services.
But, most importantly, we become their family."

Simona, Shelter Team Leader
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shelter

Faros' shelter can host 22 unaccompanied refugee boys from the ages of 10 to 16. It is designed to be able to provide protection and immediately take in children from off the street. The shelter provides a temporary home to unaccompanied children, where the focus is to provide the best possible individual care to every child. Our approach is emphasized in our relationship with the children; we try to restore normality, guide them in critical life decisions, and enhance their curiosity and creativity through various activities.

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Street Work

Large numbers of unaccompanied children are left without comprehensive protection and find themselves living on the streets or in informal arrangements such as squats or public parks. Our street work team, consisting of a psychologist, social worker, and a cultural mediator conduct outreach work to find unaccompanied children and provide them with support and inform them about the services offered in the drop-in centre.

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drop-in centre

The drop-in centre is open on all week days, and it is located in the centre of Athens, close to areas with many refugees. The purpose of the centre is to protect unaccompanied children and youth from harm, and to provide them with support and activities that will give them hope in their situation.

In the centre, we offer food, informal education, vocational training, and recreational and sports activities. Our staff of social workers, psychologists, lawyers, and cultural mediators – as well as numerous volunteers – provides supportive and specialized care to each child.

"What the kids really need is to feel loved and special - to have someone that can help them discover their worth and see their potential."

Patricia, Co-Founder

What we do for families

Our family centre has become a space of care, recreation, and community for several refugee families with young children. Children learn and play, while their mothers have access to protective services and psychosocial support. Our weekly services include counseling for pregnant women, legal information, and classes on language and integration. Our skills-building workshops equip women with practical skills, help them discover identify their talents, build their confidence, and help them to generate income. We want to empower women, their children, and their families to build better lives and integrate into society.

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Family Centre

In 2015, hundreds of refugees were sleeping rough in Victoria Square in downtown Athens, with nowhere else to go, after stepping off the boat at Piraeus. Our family centre in Victoria Square was originally created to address that immediate need for a place of rest and access to shower and toilet facilities.

Today, the centre serves refugee women of all ages and backgrounds and has become a place of community, support, and recreation, while offering psychosocial support, legal information, and integration services. We also offer language courses and recreational activities.