ATHENS – The Smile of the Child announced its statistics during a press conference that was held July 11 at the premises of the Organization. President of the Smile Board of Directors Costas Yannopoulos said that “through daily and unequal battles, and with the substantial participation of citizens, companies, and our volunteers, we managed to support 61,700 children and their families, in an immediate and holistic way and by ensuring their dignity.
Children at risk, children with serious health problems, children with welfare problems, have found a solution with quality and care and not on an ad-hoc basis! We cooperate with the institutional actors.
However, once more we call on the State and the competent authorities to act and utilize us, utilize our services, our infrastructure and our people! We won’t be able to respond to the enormous needs as a society, to cover the needs of children and their families in the country, if we do not cooperate. This is the only way and as long as we don’t realize this we will remain accountable to those children in need.”
In the course of the first half of 2018 Smile and its 481 specialized personnel offered services to 61,700 children and their families in Greece regardless of their ethnicity, religion or any other criterion.