Finn Church Aid (FCA) supports refugees in Greece through educational activities and psychosocial support.
More than a million refugees have arrived in Europe since 2014. Many of them came to Greece after crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
FCA began its work in Greece in the summer of 2016. FCA supports the refugees by arranging educational activities and psychosocial support for refugee children. The children have been two years out of school on average. In education centers and other temporary facilities we help them get on with their lives through routines, hobbies and teaching that prepares them for school. By helping children and youth we also improve the general well-being of refugee families.
More than 15 per cent of the refugee children and youth living in Greece have benefited from FCA’s education activities. FCA works closely with Unicef in these projects. The activities that we fund are currently executed by our partners Apostoli (the humanitarian arm of the Church of Greece) and the non-governmental organisation Elix. Both are among the most well known aid organisations in Greece.
New skills and friendships for refugee youth
Greece has the highest youth unemployment rate in Europe. In October 2017, Finn Church starts workshops in Greece aimed at young refugees and Greeks, teaching skills such as the basics of programming, robotics, image editing and other IT skills. The workshops, called Code and Create, are aimed at young people aged 15 to 24.
The workshops especially aim to reach young people with no other way to learn skills that can be a great help in life and in succeeding at work. The workshops are hoped to became real meeting places where many young Greeks and refugees got to know each other for the first time and even became friends.