Monday, 14 November 2016

Project Maja: supporting vulnerable families and homeless people in Athens

I was pleased to join the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) delegation to Greece, helping to support some of the most vulnerable families and homeless people in Athens.
Supporting a charity football event in Athens.

As part of ACRE's regular social action initiative, Project Maja, MPs and MEPs from across Europe went to Greece which is still suffering badly from the financial crash of nearly a decade ago.

With an unemployment rate of 25%, and around double that for young people, many families are struggling and feel a painful lack of social security.

As part of the trip we joined forces with local charity Praksis, which helps deliver humanitarian support and medical aid to vulnerable local people.

We also teamed up with the Shedia street newspaper and its Kick Out Poverty campaign, which organises football tournaments as a way of helping homeless Greeks to feel included again in society.

Shedia is a great social enterprise initiative modelled on The Big Issue here in the UK. It offers honest work to those most in need of a hand-up and is the only street newspaper delivered in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Finally a big thank you is owed to Tottenham Hotspur FC who very kindly donated club kits to Project Maja for our charity football event, including for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds who enjoyed the chance to take part.

With Project Maja volunteers and our charity football event teams,
including homeless people and children from disadvantaged backgrounds.