Have you ever considered what to say to a child who suddenly loses a loved one or who is facing a life-threatening illness? Have you thought about how to support children in the face of such difficult times
Merimna, in cooperation with the Friends of Merimna, began a support campaign with Ambassador Lena Papaligoura. The talented actor, who has a special sensitivity that distinguishes her, highlights the work of Merimna which transforms the suffering of the child and family into psychological resilience, hope and love for life.
The campaign is being shown on television, radio and the internet from 29/10/17 to 16/11/17,
Please share it with your family, friends and acquaintances.
You can make a donation through Merimna’s website www.merimna.org.gr by clicking the link here.
(Information at tel. 210 6463367)
All donations go to supporting the children and families who are cared for by Merimna.
The Friends of Merimna – awaits you at the 2nd Summer Clothing Bazaar for an enjoyable three day event to be held at the “the Melina Merkouri Cultural Center”, Heraklidon str. 66, Thisio,11851 (near the Kerameikos metro station)
Friday, June 8th 14:00-20:00
Saturday June 9th 11:00-20:00
Sunday June 10th 11:00-17:00
For more details please press here.
“Stories Untold” is a unique collection of Syrian Art pieces painted in
Syria, by artists who live there and experience various hardships of war
every day. The paintings however speak to us through the characters,
colours and themes of resilience, beauty and life loving people of Syria.
Stories untold is brought to us from Damascus to Athens by Manas Art
Platform. It is an invitation to a wider perspective looking at Syria and
its people with eyes and ears that go beyond the loss, pain and fear, to
see the strength, creativity, hope and love.
Under the auspices of the Hellenic National Commission UNESCO, and in
collaboration with the Municipality of Maroussi and Alef Nooon
Gallery Damascus we are honoured to invite you to this experience.
“With your support, WE CAN!!!
We are very fortunate to have a dedicated and energetic group of volunteers here at Merimna. We are always looking for new volunteers from various walks of life to contribute their time, energy and experience to support Merimna to reach our goals.
Volunteers can help with many activities such as: translations, office support, maintenance jobs, IT assistance, the organization, promotion of and working at fundraising events, the participation/organization of events held for children and families who are assisted by Merimna and of course participating in all annual events organized by Friends of Merimna (ie: Bazaars, Spring Picnic etc.)”
To get more information and complete the participation form, please press here.
By taking part in our “I Paint and Remember” program sponsored by the association “Together for Children”, you can support Merimna and help to cover the daily needs for a child or adolescent who uses our services. To support us, get into this post and click on the link here.
On Sunday, 4th February, the “Memory Day” was held for the sixth consecutive year. This day is organized by Merimna to commemorate the children who have died and who were either taken care of by the multidisciplinary team of the Pediatric Palliative Home Care Service during their illness and at the end of their life or whose parents were supported by the Childhood Bereavement Counseling Center after the death of the child.
This day is very important for us, as well as for the parents and family members, as it is a day of honor and respect for their children. It is also a day of meeting and reconnection of the families and the Merimna team, as well as a day of reflection about what is important in life and what gives us strength and courage to continue.
Every year a symbol is chosen that serves to enhance our introspection and this year the symbol chosen was the “Tree of Life” as it is a symbol that links birth, growth and creation, as well as immortality. We find it in so many cultures, religions and mythologies and in most cases it symbolizes a link between three worlds, a) the underworld, where its roots are found with the experiences of the past and the foundations that keep it alive and upright, b) the natural and visible world in which the tree develops, evolves, blooms and produces and c) the metaphysical world, the “divine”, who knows its highest branches, which are spread out up to the sky.
We would like to thank all those who contributed to the smooth administration of this event, even though the conditions were not particularly favorable, due to a rally in the center of Athens on the same day. First of all, to the parents and family members of the children, who with their presence there, gave meaning to the event and then to all the professionals who helped us with their courtesy and impeccable professionalism.
Specifically we thank::
-The Hotel “Royal Olympic” for providing the venue, free of charge.
-To Mrs Bafia – the calligrapher who wrote the children’s names in Merimna’s Album
-To Mr. Pierro from “Pierros “La Couture des fleurs” for the provision of flowers to decorate the tables.
-To the Nursery “Issaris” for the potted flowers that were given to the parents and relatives.
-To the store «Μετά Χαράς» for the balloons that were given to the siblings who were at the event.
-To “Magico Guitar Trio” with the musicians, George Giannopoulos, Maria Boutsina and Kostas Smono for the wonderful melodies that enhanced the day.
-To the bakery “Apollonion” for the New Years cake (Basilopita)
-To all the volunteers who helped with the preparations (decoration of the candles and flower pots) and who facilitated the smooth outcome of the day.