Kids Unite 4 Hope is dedicated to helping refugees. Around the world, there are 65.6 million people who have been forced to leave their homes – 22.5 of which have left their home countries and are living as refugees. We are passionate about helping refugee kids and families in need and inspire them to be hopeful for the future.
After 2 years of volunteering around the world, we have concentrated our efforts in Athens, Greece to help refugee children and families who are in need. We are partnering with Global Serve Initiatives, International Sports Federation, the Hive Community Center, and other local initiatives to bring teams of youth to come and volunteer with us and help us in making a difference.
We are currently working to help refugee children and families in the neighborhood of Kypseli in Athens by providing activities in our refugee and volunteer center, helping with distribution and support with our partners, visiting squats or camps around the city, and training teams of youth about the refugee crisis and how to volunteer effectively.
Our goal is to love and empower refugee children so they can live up to their full potential and have hope for their futures. As youth ourselves, we know that no matter where we are from, we are all just children at heart and we all dream of a life full of joy and happiness. Through our work, we want to inspire kids and remind them that there are people in the world that love and care for them.
REFUGEES IN GREECE
There are currently 62,000 refugees in Greece who are waiting to move onto another country in Europe or claiming asylum – half of them are women and children. The majority of people coming to Greece are from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq – countries in the midst of intense conflicts. The journey to Europe is not easy and many of these people have endured treacherous journeys after fleeing their home countries.
Although many people have housing throughout the city, the majority of the people are still in camps or squats living in bad conditions and waiting to start their new lives in Europe. Many refugee children have not been to school for months or years and have missed out on many precious years of their education. Families are unsure of what awaits them in the future as they are stuck in limbo.