We are proud to announce another $5,000 grant from our #ChildrenOfGreece campaign that supports charities whose work directly impacts the most vulnerable members of Greek society — the children.
The recipient is Kivotos Tou Kosmou – Aigaiou, or “Ark of the World – Aegean” in English, a charity on the island of Chios which tends to the needs of dozens of children in need.
The grant marks our third consecutive annual $5,000 donation to Kivotos, our longtime Greek charity partners whom we also supported during our 2020 and 2021 Greek America Corps volunteer programs.
As of December 2021, we’ve distributed $45,000 in grants to our partner charities in Greece.
The video below highlights our most recent volunteer program where 10 young adults from the U.S. and Canada worked alongside Kivotos. Our group assisted with various maintenance projects and also participated in athletic activities with children under the organization’s care.
Kivotos founder and Greek Orthodox Priest Fr. Antonios Papanikolaou was present throughout the duration of our program and spoke to our group regularly about the importance of philanthropy, volunteerism and unconditional love for fellow human beings — regardless of religion or background. He also participated directly in basketball and soccer games with our team.
More than just “orphanages,” Kivotos operates centers based in Athens as well as satellite locations throughout Greece. The organization helps abused children heal from emotional and psychological abuse and trauma while providing them with critical developmental and life skills.
Kivotos is continuously ranked as one of the best charities in the world by numerous ranking bodies, and Fr. Antonios even won the 2018 European Citizen award — one of the continent’s most prestigious philanthropic accolades.
We have a long-standing tradition of financially supporting charities and individuals in Greece through our Project Hope for Greece project which we launched in 2013 in response to the Greek financial crisis. Since launching Project Hope, we’ve sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to numerous Greek charities through grassroots projects and fundraisers.
How to support our #ChildrenOfGreece campaign
Numerous options are available to help raise funds and awareness for the most vulnerable members of Greek society — the children — through our current campaign.
Click here to make a direct donation.
Click here to learn how to create a birthday fundraiser.
Click here to sign up for Team Greek America, our virtual team of athletes who raise funds for our campaign by creating their own races.