For the first time in Greece, supported independent living for unaccompanied refugee girls
Two girls, Anita and Naya, are now living together in an apartment that is part of the NGO METAdrasi’s Supported Independent Living for Unaccompanied Minors (SIL) project. The project offers unaccompanied refugee minors aged 16-18 an innovative support model to provide a smooth transition to adulthood and integration into Greek society. The SIL project also has two apartments where unaccompanied refugee boys have been staying. This is the first such apartment for girls in Greece.
The two girls arrived in Greece alone and from different continents. Like most unaccompanied children, they were forced to go through difficult experiences, and they have developed impressive maturity and determination. SIL, designed according to the needs of their age group, encourages them to develop their skills and potential.
The two girls share responsibilities and house chores. They are gradually preparing themselves, with the help of METAdrasi’s staff and volunteers, to meet the demands of adulthood. By the end of 2018, two more girls are expected to move in with Anita and Naya. METAdrasi seeks to extend the SIL project to three more apartments to support a total of 24 teenagers.
More than 3,400 unaccompanied children are in Greece, with more than 2,000 living in inappropriate conditions due to lack of adequate accommodations. SIL started in January 2018 with support from UNICEF and the contributions of the Public Prosecutor for Minors, METAdrasi’s Guardianship Network for Unaccompanied Minors, as well as the cooperation of the National Center for Social Solidarity (EKKA).