We're helping to create a more welcoming environment for unaccompanied refugee children.

On average, 4,000 unaccompanied minors arrive in Greece as refugees each year, with the majority of them being left out of the national protection system.

  • 4,500 refugees in camps at Lesvos, Elaionas and Schisto

The needs of all these children who are deprived of their family are huge. Working with well-known NGOs, we are helping them in every way that we can. The act of offering help, regardless of size or nature, can make a significant difference in critical situations such as these.

Volunteer helps boy refugee with new clothes

At the start of 2016, we began our partnership with METAdrasi – an organisation that has been rewarded for its promotion of human rights.

Every day, METAdrasi struggles to accommodate unaccompanied minors in an environment that’s safe and suitable for their age. We are supporting their effort by providing basic supplies for the organisation’s transit accommodation facilities in Lesvos, and covering the annual juice and water requirements for the children living there. Moreover, we have provided school supplies and products to the new facilities in Samos.

 

  • 100,000 litres of water and juice donated so far in 2016
  • 672 cases of water provided
  • 900 kilos of long-life food donated

Working with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Municipality of Piraeus and the organisation “Initiative Panpeiraiki” for the refugees at Piraeus port, as well as with municipal authorities across the country, we have also provided support locally by offering supplies and more than 100,000 litres of water and juice.

 

Three men in warehouse with social relief donations

Later in the year, as part of a joint solidarity initiative with the Greek Food Bank, we managed to collect internally a total of 900 kilos of food. The amount gathered, thanks to the significant mobilisation and engagement of our people, was delivered to the Food Bank and shared between the accommodation facilities in Lesvos, Elaionas and Schisto, helping a total of over 4,500 refugees.

Trying to make our country a temporary shelter for such vulnerable groups is a hard goal but one that we support in every way that we can. The rewards are priceless and make all of us who belong to the Coca‑Cola HBC Greece family very proud.