“Emergency Support to Refugees and Migrants in Greece”

ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth, implements the project “Emergency Support to Refugees and Migrants in Greece” in collaboration with OXFAM Novib and with the financial support of the Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection fund (ECHO). The implementation period of the project is from 1/6/2016 until 31/12/2017 and has as an aim the support of the refugees in Epirus region.

Arsis from June to December 2016 provided psychosocial support services to the entire refugee population, organized creative activities to empower and mobilize refugees in all refugee emergency reception sites of Epirus Region such as Katsika, Filippiada, Tsepelovo, Doliana and Konitsa.

Arsis continued to work in the region from December 2016 until June 2017, while its activities were more focused on the management, coordination and provision of daily care and psychosocial support to refugees hosted in 5 hotel units for 6 months in Epirus region. At the same time, Arsis continued the organization of creative activities for children in Child Friendly Space of Konitsa, as well as provision of psychosocial support to Filippiada and Konitsa and organization of activities aimed at the community engagement.

From June 2017 to December 2017, the organization provides creative activities to CFS, located in the Community Centre called “Mikri Poli” in Ioannina, supported by OXFAM and Terre des Hommes through of the ECHO Fund. In addition, Arsis coordinates the “Help Desk / Social Service” of the Community Centre in Ioannina, where social services are provided to support the refugees living in the city of Ioannina. As part of the “Help Desk / Social Service”, Arsis provides information, receives requests, sends and receives referrals, provides psychosocial support, mediation with public local bodies, organizes activities focusing on the socialization and integration of refugees and provides psychological counselling. Finally, in the framework of this project, Arsis organizes activities, aiming at the community engagement and active participation of refugees in emergency sites such as Filippiada, Doliana and Konitsa, while continuing the operation of the “Child Friendly Spaces” (CFS) “, by organizing creative and educational activities in Konitsa.Logo-Arsis_english


Award Organisation of the 2017 for the Protection of Children

The Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth (MSWY) (respectively the State Agency for the Protection of Children’s Rights, SAPCR)  and UNICEF- Albania on 31st of May in Tirana officially selected “the Organisation of the year 2017 for the Protection of Children”.
Τhis year, the team of ARSIS – Albania Branch was selected as the winning organisation for its commitment and outstanding achievements in  protection of children in Albania.
As per this award, a specialist of ARSIS will attend a set of regional training in a pool of child protection specialists.
The Chairperson of SAPCR Mrs. Ina Verzivolli and the Mayor of Tirana Mr. Erion Veliaj delivered this award to Mr. Zini Kore,  Country Representative of ARSIS – Albania Branch. 

PIER-Protection, Integration and Education for Refugees in Greece, Italy and Austria

ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth implements in cooperation with two partners, Caritas Austria and Caritas Italiana the program “PIER – Protection, Integration and Education for Refugees in Greece, Italy and Austria.

The PIER Program is funded by “The Coca-Cola Foundation” (TCCF) and it is implemented in two phases:
PIER 1: January 2017 – March 2018 in Athens and Thessaloniki
PIER 2: April 2018 – January 2019 in Thessaloniki
Caritas Austria is the program leader.

The aim of the program responds to immediate protection needs of refugees upon their arrival and subsequently supports their process to cultural and socio-economic integration, whereby children and youth are the priority.

PRESS RELEASE: Intercultural Adolescent Meeting in Edessa

The Youth Support Centre of ARSIS NGO visits today (27/4) the city of Edessa for an intercultural meeting of adolescents, in order to promote the collaboration and solidarity between people without discriminations.

More specifically, this year, 28 students from the 1st High School of Edessa, 21 students from the Insitut Can Puig of Sant Perede Ribes of Catalonia and 8 students from the Özel Gökçeada Rum Ortaokulve Lisesi of Imvros are implementing an innovative project on the eTwinning online learning platform entitled “Contemporary Odysseus”. The aim of the project is the students from Greece, Spain and Turkey to investigate, raise and answer questions regarding the immigration phenomenon and the refugee crisis in Europe. As part of this program, the Youth Support Centre sets up a Park with wooden toys and constructions in the city’s Environmental Park, aiming at the interaction and acquaintance of the teenagers participating in the “Contemporary Odysseys” project with the teenagers hosted in Shelters for Unaccompanied Minors of ARSIS. The event involves 70 teenagers from Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Greece, Turkey and Spain, who dedicate four hours of playing in order to prove that communication is much more than a common language.

Organizing the supporting network for social integration and empowerment of minor refugees and their families in the Thessaloniki area

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ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth implements the project “Organizing the supporting network for social integration and empowerment of minor refugees and their families in the Thessaloniki area” in collaboration with ASB (Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund), funded by the German Federal Foreign Ministry – GFM. The implementation period is from 01/02/2017 to 31/05/2018 and the project aims at organizing supporting activities for refugee children, youth and their families through the operation of a Youth Support Centre (YSC), on the 1st floor at 40 Ptolemeon street, Thessaloniki.  

The Youth Support Centre (YSC) is an existing structure of ARSIS that adopts a holistic approach in the child protection sector.

The activities of the Youth Support Centre are supported by a Social Service, a programme of Educational Support and Recreational Activities, beneficiaries’ Administrative Support and Support in Kind (NFIs and FIs). For the approach of the beneficiaries ARSIS also uses the methodological tools of Street Work and Mobile School.

The Youth Support Centre also organizes an awareness raising campaign for Human Rights at Thessaloniki Public Schools, aiming at the smooth refugees’ integration and the information of teachers, students and Parents Associations.