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Koukaki

Athens, Greece

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OUR COMMUNITY

The neighborhood of Koukaki is a community of diverse needs in a densely populated part of Athens, Greece.  Because of its proximity to the Acropolis, it is a thriving tourist spot, while also being home to about 70,000 immigrants and native Greeks.  In recent years, as the Greek economy has suffered and unemployment has risen, Koukaki has seen a corresponding rise in homelessness and people living in poverty.  This in turn has led to struggles with addiction and narcotics use as people seek ways to escape their circumstances, further alienating these marginalized people from society.  

The lack of viable employment options throughout the country has also led to a sense of hopelessness among the youth of the nation, and in Koukaki it’s no different.  With a lack of funds going into public education, and an unemployment rate of around 40% for young people under 25, teens and young adults struggle to find purpose and a way of meaningfully contributing to society, leading to aimlessness at best and exploitation at worst.

 

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OUR WORK

In Koukaki, we seek to bring people together to help the oppressed.  We partner with local believers and churches, businesses, organizations and schools in the area to see our community transformed by the power of Christ.  Not only do we want to address visible and immediate needs of food and clothing, but in the process we want to address the hidden but just as urgent psychological and spiritual needs of our community.  Whether living on a park bench or safely in an apartment, we all need connection. Restoring the God-given dignity and humanity of a person is in some cases even more important than providing a hot meal.  We strive to see the people in our community as whole people, ones loved by and created in the image of God and we want to bring people together to help those that feel invisible. We remember names. We hear stories.  We walk with the broken. Because that’s what Jesus did. And we want to be the light of Jesus in our community to see healing and wholeness and beautiful transformation as Christ works through us.

Some of the ways we are involved in the community:

  • Shower and laundry ministry
  • ”Soup kitchen” feeding programs
  • Clothing, blanket and hygiene supply distribution
  • Teaching English
  • Seeker Bible study
  • Neighborhood youth outreach
  • Discipleship and Bible study groups
  • Community beautification projects

 

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