Ena paidi, Enas Kosmos (EPEK)
For Ena Paidi, Enas Kosmos (EPEK), Hellenic Hope has funded the construction of a kitchen on the premises of the organisation.
The kitchen will support the organisation’s daily cooking needs, cooking & baking workshops, as well as forming a focal point for daily socializing.
The existence of the new kitchen not only enables EPEK to extend the provison of its services, it also provides a much needed focal point for children, families and EPEK volunteers to socialise and create fruitful relations.
A few words about Ena paidi, enas kosmos (EPEK)
Founded in 2009, EPEK focuses on assisting families with children facing socio-economic difficulties. It recognizes that in order to help children, one often needs to help their families. As a result, the organization focuses on childcare through the provision of tailor-made, holistic assistance to the families it works with, both in close co-operation with local authorities, as well as through its own social workers, doctors and psychologists. It typically covers basic needs such as food, clothing and health provision, as well addressing more complex social and emotional needs.
Working for the past 4 years with families in need and with children at risk, the organisation has concluded that giving children and parents motivation, confidence and self-esteem is vital in helping families to overcome the effects of the crisis.
As a result, the organization has now designed two programmes, which focus on broadening the horizons of children, helping them face the future with optimism, whilst offering activities for the entire family in a healthy and creative environment:
- HARTI & KALAMARI (PAPER & PEN): The programme aims to support children that attend primary school (6 to 12 years old) and involves – among other – after school study support, arts & crafts, baking and other self-expression workshops. The baking will of course take place in the new kitchen.
- VIMA (STEP): The programme aims to support families with pre-school children (less than 6 years of age) and focuses on the mothers’ and children’s emotional health and social well-being. It also aims to simply give a positive, creative break to mothers and an opportunity to forge relations with other mothers with children of similar ages, whilst in parallel, giving the children the opportunity to develop their social and cognitive skills.
EPEK expect the new kitchen to play both a pivotal and supporting role in the running of these two new programmes.