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 children, vulnerable youth and people in need, and all of us share a common vision: We want to live in a peaceful world where all children can freely grow to their full potentials.
We unite to support marginalised children, individuals and groups in their efforts to overcome social barriers and in creating positive change for their life, their society and the world.
Since 2010, some of our members have been working in India, particularly supporting youth and women’s empowerment through community cooperative projects. In 2015, as the refugee crisis escalated in Europe, we developed our response through a local branch 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 effective manner. In November 2017, we established a protective co-housing program for homeless teenagers that ended up alone in Greece, providing safe accommodation, nutrition, psychological and social support, education and daily activities that nourish their healthy growth and independence. Our program has supported so far 11 unaccompanied refugee teenagers to attend formal education and to find employment in Greece. Currently we are in the process of establishing our second shared house in Thessaloniki that can accommodate up to 5 extremely vulnerable young refugees with greater needs for protection and individualised support.
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 greater community integration.
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 coordination of our projects. We are non-profit and sustained economically by our members, volunteers, friends and supporters who commit their personal time and resources in developing our activities and the vision of this association.