The Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Athens has announced grants totaling nearly $25.5 million (€23 million) as part of its ongoing efforts to provide relief to those most affected by the socioeconomic crisis in Greece.
Part of a new €100 million Initiative Against the Greek Crisis, the grants include $11 million each to the cities of Athens and Thessaloniki to cover the immediate social welfare and health needs of citizens most affected by the country's financial crisis. The two cities will serve as hubs, assuming the responsibility of coordinating assistance for neighboring urban centers. The foundation also awarded grants totaling $4.1 million in support of relief work at several nonprofit organizations, including Faros, PRAKSIS, the Foundation for the Care of People With Mental Retardation or Down Syndrome "M. Kokkori," ATTIKO General University Hospital, the Metaxa Cancer Hospital of Piraeus, the General Hospital of Nikaia-Piraeus (St Panteleimon), the General Hospital of Athens (Elpis), and the Athens General Hospital of Thoracic Diseases (Sotiria).
"Each one of us, to the extent of our own abilities, today more than ever before, we have the moral obligation to help the country and our fellow citizens, during this most critical juncture," said SNF co-president Andreas Dracopoulos. "There should be no delay or excuse, as now is the time to support each other, so that tomorrow may find us stronger and united."