The Greek America Foundation’s Service Learning program volunteers visited United States Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 to discuss their work with unaccompanied refugee minors as well as other contemporary issues facing Greece.
The nine American and one Canadian students have now spent a week and a half volunteering at shelters of The Home Project, an Athens-based non-profit organization that supports and cares for unaccompanied refugee minors — children who have arrived in Greece from conflict zones throughout the world and who are alone.
As the program has reached its halfway point, our volunteers met with Pyatt at the American Embassy in Athens to help gain further perspective on the refugee crisis while also sharing their experiences with him thus far.
Also present at the meeting was the Foundation’s board chair, Lea Soupata, who shared additional information with the Ambassador about our work in Greece, including earthquake relief efforts on the island of Lesvos.
Pyatt expressed his gratitude to the students for coming to Greece and offering a helping hand in arguably the biggest humanitarian crisis of the 21st century. He also said that he was optimistic about Greece’s future and that a key to her prosperity is the longstanding positive relations with the U.S.