Finn Church Aid (FCA) has supported young 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 has supported 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, FCA has helped 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 has worked closely with Unicef in these projects. The activities funded by FCA has been 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 Aid started 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, were aimed at young people aged 15 to 24. The workshops became popular meeting places where many young Greeks and refugees got to know each other for the first time and even became friends.