is a centre in a small town called Lechaina, specialised in the care and hosting of seriously disabled children and young people.
Through this page the previous international and local volunteers of KEPEP and supporters of the children are trying to find helping hands to bring changes to the life of the children by changing the treatment and their living conditions.
Our friends from Charity Challenge Luxembourg who have travelled on 2 scooters and a van more than 2800 km from Luxembourg to Lechaina visited the institution on Monday the 1st of August. They have been warmly welcomed by the staff of the institution and the team of the Child Health Institute Athens/Lumos that have just started to work there.
The 4 members of Charity Challenge Luxembourg have been visiting all the children and young people and made a connection to some of them. Most of the residents were very happy to see new people and also the scooters have found an admirer amongst the residents.
Charity Challenge Luxembourg raised 15.000 Euro which will be used to
fund projects that aim to raise the quality of life for the residents.
In a first project carried out by EEDA the nurses will be supported in
learning healthy lifting techniques as well as individual assessment and
care planning. Charity Challenge also donated therapeutic toys and the
two scooters who have been serviced just before their arrival to the
volunteers of the instution.
In the evening the team of Charity Challenge Luxembourg presented
informations about their trip and thier fundraising in the cinema
"Astron" in Lechaina to an interested audiance from the village. They
have left a very postitive impression and a lot of postitive vibes.
After the presentation of the team a vivid discussion about volunteerism
developed amongst the audience. The people from Lechaina discussed
about what they could do to help the residents of KEPEP!
Πήγανε από το Λουξεμβούργο στα Λεχαινά - με σκούτερ! Ελάτε να τους καλωσορίσετε και ακούσετε για το ταξίδι των παιδιών από Charity Challenge Luxembourg που ταξίδεψαν 2.700 χιλιόμετρα με σκουτερ για να επισκεφθούν τα Λεχαινά και να βοηθησουν! Την Δευτέρα 1 Αυγούστου, στις 7μμ, θα παρουσιάσουν την οργάνωσή τους και το ταξίδι τους στο Σινέ Άστρον Λεχαινά . Περισσότερες πληροφορίες: https://www.facebook.com/charitychallenge/
At the very moment our friends from Charity Challenge Luxembourg are on their way to Lechaina! Serge, Kevin and their team started on 20th of July in Luxembourg.
They will have travelled more than 2500 km and will have crossed 10 countries when they arrive in Lechaina by the end of this/beginning of next week. In Lechaina they will hand over their donations personally.
Charity Challenge Luxembourg has fundraised a lot of money over the last months by organizing charity dinners or barbecues.The donation will be put to good use: Amongst other things it will support a 3 month staff training project in Lechaina carried out by the NGO EEDA under supervision of the Institute for Child's Health Athens and Lumos.
When KEPEP urgently needed diapers in summer 2015 Charity Challenge Luxembourg emergency donated 1000€ of their fundraising budget so the kids in Lechaina could have enough diapers.
week the Greek government approved the second part of the
deinstitutionalisation project from LUMOS.
first phase was the data gathering phase. The second phase will be
the main intervention, where the residents will receive a
personalised therapeutic program that will prepare them for the third
phase the actual moving out of the institution. The program will
involve interventions in and collaborations with the wider community,
and where possible, with the families of the residents.
In March two autistic children
from KEPEP Lechaina were transfered to PIKPA Voula, a state run
institution near Athens, where they found an environment that can
meet their needs more. PIKPA Voula has a volunteers program and
offers a wide range of therapeutic and educational aid.
children who have been living in cage beds or closed rooms for 10
years since the age of 3, will need some time to get settled but they
already started to explore their new environment and to go in
interaction with the volunteers.
This week Greek Government
representatives met with EU officials in Brussels to discuss reform
of child care services. A main topic was to find ressources for
funding the reform. The meeting was organized by LUMOS and hosted by
by Stelios Kouloglou, the Greek MEP, and Jean Lambert, MEP, Vice
Chair of the Intergroup on children’s rights in the European