An initiative created by a 17 year-old Greek-American is aiming to help children and schools in Greece affected by the economic crisis.
Adopt-A-Greek School was envisioned by Eugenia Kakadiaris, a Houstonian student and member of the Hellenic Cultural Center of the Southwest. The initiative seeks to financially support struggling schools in Greece using funds raised in the United States from individuals and other organizations. Money is not given to a needy school, but rather, the funds materialize into palpable goods — such as heating fuel and food — through corporate partners like Papadopoulou Biscuit Company, which are then delivered to needy schools throughout Greece.
The program is considered a “hand-up” model as opposed to a “hand-out” model. Its goal is to give students the resources to make the best of their experience on their own accord. Struggling schools in Greece may apply for funding using a simple application process, with the student council or parent organization of a school requesting support needed to fulfill the basic needs of the students. To ensure effective use of funds, organizations at the school submit published letters that relay exactly what was given and to whom.
For those who’d like to donate to the program, visit Adopt-A-Greek School. A check can also be made out to Hellenic Cultural Center of the Southwest, 3015 Richmond Ave. (Richmond at Eastside), Houston, TX 77098.