Ethos is grassroots, non-profit, independent humanitarian association of people that have been actively involved with the humanitarian challenges of the refugee crisis in Greece and work to support the needs of both the local and refugee community. Our association started to form as a result of the awareness of gaps that have been widely visible during the emergency humanitarian response in Greece and the mismanagement of resources that prevailed across the context.
Our motivation was to cover some of the major humanitarian gaps that were forgotten by all others and to develop meaningful interventions that would support the needs of refugees, migrants and local vulnerable people in an ethical and effective manner. Taking into consideration the expertise and experience of our members, the association started to form around one main vision. To support vulnerable children and young people by nourishing their growth and independence.
Since November 2017, we have established a protective apartment for refugee children that ended up alone in Greece and become homeless as they turn 18 years old. These young people are supported with accommodation, nutrition, education and psychosocial support by a highly motivated and professional team who is committed in help them develop their skills and to become independent.
Ethos is sustained economically by its own members, friends, volunteers and supporters. We are part of a network of local organisations that work closely together to provide meaningful support. In August 2017 we teamed up with Refugee Trauma Initiative (RTI) who has provided counseling to our young refugee guests as well as technical and financial support for our programs, while Ethos has been responsible for program development and implementation and has facilitated the work of RTI in Greece. You can read more about their work here.