With a small event (in March 14th, in the Cultural Centre of 'Theo Angelopoulos') organizations that cooperate in the operation of the Asylum Seekers Shelter- "MELLON" presented to the local community and relevant agencies and departments, the work done so far by the project funded by the program SOAM- «Supporting Organizations helping migrant population seeking asylum in Greece", through the Managing Authority with the IOM (International Organization for Migration).

The shelter operates in Moschato and hosts single mothers and minors who have applied for asylum in Greece, in order to meet the basic needs and at the same time, be supported to organize their next steps in their lives. Since October 2013, when we welcomed the first children, so far we have managed:

  • to provide shelter, clothing, food, toiletries and essentials for 100 people of different ages, from newborn babies to 40-year old mothers, while covering their medical care and similar services
  • to organize the provision of Social Services, individualized psycho-social support and orientation in adolescents and mothers, support for social and labour integration and, of course, legal assistance to minors who apply for asylum in Greece or trying to reunite with their families
  • to organize in the shelter Greek and English courses for adults and children, preparation courses for school, art workshops and creative projects, as well as sports activities.

We want to thank you all and all those who came to the event and especially the Ambassador of Norway Sjur Larse, Mrs. Mania Balourdos by the IOM, who represented the Financial Mechanism Programme, representatives of Greek services for their support in our efforts to the General Welfare Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Welfare Mrs. E.. Bekou, the Head of the Department of Protection of Asylum Seekers and refugees Mrs. L. Zois, Ms. Prentza who represented the Asylum Service of the Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection and Mrs. M. Michaelides who represented the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Special thanks to the Mayor of Moschatou-Taurus Mr. Efthymiou who was our host and put under the auspices of the municipality the event.

20140314 132910The president of E.K.PO.S.P.O. Nostos Mr. Panagiotis Lesgidis who opened the event

Η Γενική Γραμματέας Πρόνοιας κ. Έφη Μπέκου The General Secretary of Welfare Mrs. Effie Bekou

Η κ. Μάνια Μπαλούρδου, εκπρόσωπος του ΔΟΜMrs. Mania Balourdos, representative of IOM

Ο Πρέσβης της Νορβηγίας στην Ελλάδα κος Sjur LarsenThe Ambassador of Norway to Greece Mr. Sjur Larsen

Η επιστημονικά υπεύθυνη της δομής κα Σίσσυ ΑνδριτσοπούλουThe scientifically responsible for the project Mrs. Sissy Andritsopoulou



The Project is funded from the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway), by IOM GREECE, the Fund Operator of the SOAM Programme