ORGANIZATION HISTORY - GOALSFriends of Merimna
In 2002 a small group of friends, most of whom had a particular sensitivity towards the difficult issue of children’s and adolescents’ relationship with death, gathered together and founded the non-profit organization “Friends of Merimna” devoted exclusively to the financial and moral support of the work of Merimna.
In 2012 Merimna began operating a second Childhood Bereavement Counseling Center in Thessaloniki and the annex “Friends of Merimna –Thessaloniki”, was created right after.
“Friends of Merimna” is one of the ten members of the Association “Together for Children”.
Merimna receives no funding from the government and relies entirely on donations and sponsorships from individuals, companies and foundations along with the support provided by the Association “Together for Children”, to operate its services.
Since 2002 the Friends of Merimna, have undertaken to raise the necessary resources, through intense fundraising activities, to cover a significant part of the operating costs and needs of Merimna. This ensures that Merimna’s dedicated and highly proficient personnel can continue to provide a sense of dignity and quality of life to the children and families they work with, during the most difficult time of their lives. Merimna, through their support, helps the children to find the joy of life again, after a painful family loss.
The revenue of the Friends of Merimna comes from the contributions of the members of the Association, from the donations of citizens and Companies as well as from actions and events planned and implemented in Athens and Thessaloniki.