Inspiring donation of the Shapiro Foundation in support of the School Project

Athens College (Hellenic American Educational Foundation) has received a generous donation by the Shapiro Foundation in support of the School Project, a collaboration between the School and The HOME Project.

The School Project initiative runs for a second consecutive year, offering weekly lessons of Modern Greek, English, Mathematics, Fine Arts, Theater and Physical Education to more than 30 unaccompanied refugee children by volunteer Athens College teachers. The HOME Project children are joined in class by volunteer Athens College students from Junior High and High School, who act as their peer-tutors and mentors throughout the year.

This year the School Project operates with an extra class of Elementary School students on top of the two classes of 9-12 grade students.

Regarding the generosity and valuable support of the Shapiro Foundation, President of Athens College Richard L. Jackson mentioned how the School Project initiative sets an example to the greater Athens College community and encourages civic citizenship, volunteerism and philanthropy.

The School Project is aligned with Athens College’s long-standing tradition of benevolence, social solidarity and effort to give everyone access to education. The objective is to offer a broad-based educational experience to its students, instilling values of active global citizenship, social inclusion, cohesion and participation. Initiatives such as this one work towards a socially sustainable world where students develop empathy, respect and a better understanding of life challenges. They establish a greater appreciation of what life has to offer, they acquire an international mindedness, they become grateful and optimistic, they build their character, they develop a sense of civic citizenship and a mindset of giving back. 

The HOME Project (www.homeproject.org)

The HOME Project is a non-profit organization based in Greece which offers accommodation, education and social integration services to unaccompanied refugee children and youth stranded in Greece. Its mission is threefold. First, to bring unaccompanied minors to safety in dedicated shelters offering a holistic network of child protection services which include food, shelter, material, medical provision, social, legal and mental health support. Second, to create jobs for refugees and Greeks. Third, to add value to the local economy by sourcing, refurbishing and converting unused buildings into shelters, bringing them back to life and into good use. In two years, The HOME Project has supported more than 380 children and has created 130 new jobs.

The Shapiro Foundation (www.theshapirofoundation.org)

The Shapiro Foundation, founded by Barbara and Ed Shapiro in 2000, is focused on improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable populations. The Foundation’s primary focus is on children, refugees, and immigrants, as well as education, global health and humanitarian aid. Support is provided for organizations in Boston and throughout the US, as well as Canada, Israel, Greece, Rwanda and Bangladesh.