ETHOS is an independent and voluntary association of individuals and groups that are actively involved with humanitarian challenges in different parts of the world.
We are an intercultural and non-denominational organisational platform, open to all individuals and groups who wish to bring positive social change with honest intentions and peaceful actions anywhere in this world. We come together from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds, joining our skills and combining our resources to promote equality and to help the sustainable evolution of humanity.
We care for marginalised children, vulnerable youth and people in need and we support their efforts to overcome social barriers and to create positive change in their life and in society. We target poverty and inequality through education and empowerment, and nurture solidarity through community activates that regenerate our relations and our environment.
Our goal is to live in a peaceful world where all children can freely grow to their full potentials.
Since 2010, some of our members have been working in India, particularly supporting education and women’s empowerment through community cooperative projects. By bringing together skills and resources that enable local community initiatives to develop capacity and mean of production, we supported the creation of Aakriti Cooperative and the establishment of 2 garment enterprises in Sonepur and Balangir areas of Odisha state. Until today, over 2000 women have received free certified training, while the production and sale of clothes in the local market generate financial sustainability for the community, support directly the local cotton farmers and weavers and provide the ground for new micro-enterprises to grow. We continuously support various community initiatives that develop innovative local solutions for long-term income generation in India and together with our local partner Parinaama, we have recently set up a social enterprise that is manufacturing low cost soap and plastic-free sanitary napkins which are affordable for low-income households, and are at the same time generating income and reducing poverty and unhygienic practices in in the local community of Athmalgola, Patna.
In 2015, as the refugee crisis escalated in Europe, we developed our response through a local association in Greece and started to bring forward meaningful interventions that would equally support the needs of refugees, migrants and local vulnerable people in an ethical and empowering way. Since November 2017, we developed a protective co-housing program for homeless refugee teenagers, providing shelter, nutrition, psychological and social support, education and daily activities as well as community engagement and links with local support networks in Thessaloniki. Furthermore, we are working closely together with several active communities and groups across Greece and the European region, to facilitate the wider exchange of knowledge and sharing of good practices which combine sustainable co-housing solutions with social cooperative economies that can generate income and social inclusion for vulnerable individuals and marginalised groups.
Our association is also developing social and educational activities that regenerate community relations and public spaces through social cooperation and community solidarity actions. Since 2018, together with the community of Pervolarides we maintain a social kitchen, urban gardening, beekeeping activities and share ecological methods of food cultivation and sustainable food processing. Based on the needs of the community and in relation to sustainable practices, we provide adult education (both for locals and refugees) and facilitate training events and activities that improve employability and access to employment possibilities (cooking, food processing, gardening and beekeeping). Joining together with people from diverse local and refugee communities, we plant the seeds for social innovation, cross-cultural synergies and unity in equality.
Human Rights and Equal Opportunities for All.
ETHOS is registered as voluntary humanitarian association in Denmark and Greece, governed by constitution and steered by our members through the general assembly, which democratically elects a board of representatives responsible for the overall development and coordination of our activities. We are non-profit and economically self-sustained by our members, volunteers, friends and supporters.