DEPA in the framework of its Corporate Responsibility programmes visited the facilities of the “Lighthouse of the World” with the aim of getting to know its work in the community of Dendropotamos, Thessaloniki, by the Archimandrite Athenagoras, and support in practice his efforts offering the necessary equipment and articles of primary necessity for the boarding children.
The “Underage Roma Protection Center” is an agency showing love to addicted children that are trapped in the game of death on a daily basis and to Roma children that lose their innocence so violently and early having to serve inhuman interests and face suffocating problems, such as poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, housing lack and racist behaviours.
The Archimandrite Athenagoras Loukataris organized in the region a network of about 150 volunteers from the wider area of Thessaloniki who care for the basic needs of approximately 400 children on a daily basis.
The “Lighthouse of the World” has been operating since 2004 as a hospitality space for the underage without families, providing them with a safe living environment, and as a support center for the underage of the region providing services such as food, extra teaching hours, clothes, school materials, cleaning services, sports activities, travelling, cultural activities, foreign languages, music lessons, vaccinations, legal support, psychological support.
Due to the actions of the Lighthouse, the all-day healthy diet of the children was achieved, as well as the full organization of their dietary habits, the progress of the children at school, their withdrawal from delinquent behaviours, the restoration of their personal hygiene and the improvement of their bodily and psychological health.