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Profile of registrant

The Smile of the Child

Identification number in the register: 66055258617-28
Registration date: 18/04/12 11:05:05

The information on this organisation was last modified on 16/04/14 12:23:50
The date of the last annual update was 16/04/14 12:23:50

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: The Smile of the Child
Legal status: Non-Profit Association
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Costas Yannopoulos
Position: President

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mrs  Ioanna Avloniti
Position: International Cooperation Coordinator

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 16 Stournari 
Athens 10683
Telephone number: (+30210) 3306140
Fax number: (+30210) 3843038
Other contact information: The adress to use for official correspondence should be:

Zinonos Eleatou 10, Marousi-Attica, 15124, Greece

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: “We all know and talk about children on the streets who can't smile. They can't smile because they don't have money, toys, or food and some of them don't even have parents. Just think and leave all the talking behind: let's unite and give whatever we can to poor children, Albanians, white and black. They are all children and deserve a smile. This association will be called: "The Smile of the Child". Let's all come together to help, together we can accomplish it.”
(From founder Andreas’ diary, November 1995)

These words written by 10-year-old Andreas Yannopoulos, while suffering from terminal cancer, expressed his wish to establish an organisation that would protect children irrespective of their color, race, religion, nationality, or socio-economic status. Andreas is no longer with us, but his words continue to inspire us to help children and ensure that each child has a reason to smile.

“The Smile of the Child” was registered as a non-profit, non-governmental organization in January 1996. Since then the Association has expanded to meet the serious problems of children in-need living in Greece. Through its varied services, “The Smile of the Child” protects children’s rights and provides them with emotional and psychological support. Children, who suffer from health problems or any type of abuse, neglect or abandonment, are within the organization’s mandate.


 Recognized Greek Centre for Missing & Exploited Children to combat the phenomenon of missing and exploited children in Greece, operating in Athens since 1995.
 As of October 2010, The Southeastern European Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (SEEC), has been inaugurated, a joint initiative of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) and “The Smile of the Child”. The Centre serves as a regional coordinating body aimed at comprehensively addressing and combating child victimization in all its forms in the Southeastern European region.
 National Helpline for Children SOS 1056, a toll free line operating 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and 116000 European Hotline for Missing Children.
 At the request of the Greek National Police, activation of AMBER ALERT HELLAS with the cooperation of 55 partners from public and private bodies.
 Immediate intervention in cases where children are in danger through the use of the organisation’s vehicles.

 10 Community Homes throughout Greece to provide shelter and safety to a total of 283 children. The children’s ages range from infancy to young adults. Custody and guardianship are granted to the organization through a court order in cases where the authorities have deemed the child’s home environment inappropriate.
Our homes are modeled after a healthy Greek family. Thus, we continue to support and care for our children until they become independent, productive members of our community. Life in our community homes resembles a traditional home. Children are cared for by trained childcare workers and attend the local public schools. Each child’s personality and interests are nurtured. Children are offered unconditional support, attention and love.
 Daily Care for children whose family environment cannot meet their daily needs and puts them at risk due to neglect. Their families are also provided with material & psychological support and guidance.
 Counselling for children and parents.
 Material support of economically marginalized children throughout Greece.
 Medical Aid & support of children with serious medical and health conditions.
 Volunteer drives for blood, blood platelets and bone marrow donations.
 Modern ambulances throughout Greece - inducted into the services of EKAB (National First Aid Programme) - for the safe transportation of newborns, infants and children.
 Preventative medical and dental programmes with the Association’s medical vehicles and equipment in schools throughout Greece.
 Creative Occupation in Ch
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 4
Complementary information: The Smile of the Child has 400 full-time staff member plus 1832 active volunteers.
As far the activities of the organization related to the Transparency Register are concerned, the involved staff members workinf full time will be 4.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

As Project Coordinators:

Europe Antibulling Network Project, funded by DAPHNE Programme (DG Justice)

VICTOR Project (Victims of Child Trafficking-Our Responsibility), funded by ISEC Programme (DG Home)

INTERSYC project- Integrated Territorial Synergies for Children Health and Protection, funded by European Territorial Cooperation Programme Greece - Bulgaria 2007 / 2013

As Project partners:

NET FOR U (Needs Tackling and Networks Tracing for Unaccompanied Minors Integration)
“The Smile of the Child” participates in the project “NET FOR U- Needs Tackling and Networks Tracing for Unaccompanied Minors Integration” implemented with resources of the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals under the D.G. Home Affairs of the European Commission.

Catch & Sustain

“The Smile of the Child” participates in the project “European Cross – Actors Exchange Platform for Trafficked Children on methodology Building for Prevention and Sustainable Inclusion” - CATCH & SUSTAIN, implemented with the funds of the D.G Home Affairs of the European Commission in the frameworks of the programme “Prevention of and Fight against Crime” (ISEC).

Customer Relationship Management and Data Collection Software”

“The Smile of the Child” participates in the project “A Customer Relationship Management and Data Collection Software” that was initiated in 2012, funded by the Programme Daphne III and coordinated by the European Federation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children (MCE).

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Communication
  • Development
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • External Relations
  • Home Affairs
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Trans-European Networks
  • Youth


Total number of members that are natural persons: 271
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Member of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

Member of CHI (Child Helpline International)

Member of the Global Missing Children’s Network-

Member of the Board of Directors of Missing Children Europe

“Special Consultative Status” with the UN Economic and Social Council

Associated with the UN’s Department of Public Information
Member of the European Federation for Street Children
Member of Eurochild
Founding member of European Antibullying Network
Member of European Emergency Number Association

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Total budget: 9,861,106
of which public financing: 535,530
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants: 535,530
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 9,325,576
- donations: 6,535,367
- contributions from members:
fundraising : 2,514,115
Interest &Financial Income : 114,776
Income from exploitation of real estate : 161,318
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Ernst & Young is preforming an external auditing for the past 2 financial years. previously, it was price waterhouse coopers.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.