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If you like my entry to the contest, please favorite so I might have a chance to win money for the charity I have chosen!!
All that came to my mind when I firstly saw about the contest, was children. I certainly wanted a charity about children. So I decided to go for a Greek charity. My country has been through a lot lately, times are difficult. Of course many of us have… a not so right way of seeing things, so that might have led us here, but I believe it is beautiful seeing organizations helping people so much in a such great way.
The name of this charity is The Ark of the world and it has been doing a perfect job for children that have experienced abandonment, racism and social exclusion, since 1998. The Ark is taking care today about 200 children – infants to eighteen years old children- in a multi-religious and multicultural community.
There are volunteers that unselfishly take care of the basic needs of children as feeding, clothing, entertainment, nursing and school integration. Other volunteers take care of their education with free tutorial courses and professional training.
The main goal is to keep the children with their mothers and not to be institutionalized. In order to achieve this goal, homeless and no income mothers, are strengthened with economic aid on a monthly basis (rents for small residences, water and electricity bills etc.). Moreover, these mothers are helped to find a job in order to stand on their own feet and be responsible of their children.
Despite the serious shortage of means that Ark faces, such as lack of money and infrastructure, its efforts are very important and have been recognized with national and international distinctions.
It is a well known organization in Greece, however it really need help. It has been awarded several times, even by UNESCO. The European Observatory against Racism and Xenophobia has described Ark as “The brightest example against Racism and Xenophobia in Greece” for the year 2003.
It would be amazing if we could do something for them, so please, I need your favorites!!