Unaccompanied Minors Shelters Irida and Estia

Unaccompanied Minors Shelters «Irida» and «Estia»

Medical Intervention is currently implementing a project that involves the operation of two shelters for unaccompanied minors in Athens: Irida, in the area of ​​Agios Panteleimonas, and Estia in Metaxourgeio, with hosting capacity for 16 and 18 minors respectively, between 12 and 18 years old.

The intervention is designed to provide safe and sanitary living and housing conditions for homeless unaccompanied minors, as well as support and access to social services.

The aim of the action is to protect unaccompanied minors who are exposed to risk of exploitation and to contribute to the integration of unaccompanied minors into Greek schools, education in general, and in the Greek society.

We provide a holistic services approach to the unaccompanied minors. Specifically, the shelters cover accommodation, supply of nutritious food, health services, educational support, social and psychological support, proper entertaining, athletic and creative activities. Finally we target in the best possible social inclusion for the minors.

The staff that supports the shelters operations has been experienced professionals. They aim at developing an interpersonal relation with minors to gain their trust and to help them feel like being in a family.

Detailed Actions

  • Accommodation.
  • Supply of nutritious food.
  • Personal hygienic items.
  • Legal help for asylum seekers with the cooperation of organization providing corresponding services.
  • Legal support for family reunion and relocation.
  • Psychological and social services. Personal action plan for each minor,
    allowing minors to develop their personal and social skills.
  • Facilitating minor’s permanent integration to society when they come of age.
  • Courses for learning the Greek and the English language.
  • Primary health care and medicines provision.
  • Integration of minors at schools around the neighborhood.
  • Cultural and athletic events around the neighborhood.
  • Participating in events around the city of Athens.

“Equality, Solidarity, Protection”

Unaccompanied Minors’ Shelters, «Irida» and «Estia», financed by the National Programme for Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020, implemented by Medical Intervention for the period 27/06/2018 – 31/07/2019