Crisis fosters new charities in the diaspora
The crisis in Greece and the humanitarian suffering it leaves in its trail has fostered new and older members of the Diaspora to start up charities in aid of people in Greece who need it. The latest one took shape from Greek professionals who moved to London to work in the City. It is called Hellenic Hope and is a UK registered charity. It was established in 2012 with its first presentation taking place at the Hellenic Bankers Association UK Dinner and Dance at Claridges, in May 2013. The Charity core team consists of - among other - financiers, bankers, lawyers and marketers who all work on a voluntary basis across three countries.
The non-governmental sector in Greece has never really taken off and service provision is under pressure from increased demand and reduced funding.
The goal of the charity is to help children at risk in Greece to survive, cope and prosper in their lives. It has already done some work in the homeland and supports front line not for profit organizations in the most socio-economically deprived areas of Greece. Hellenic Hope has already completed a number of projects in Greece with organisations such as Schedia, Kentro Agapis Elefsinas, Ena Paidi, Enas Kosmos and their work continues including their fundrasing efforts.