The General Director of KSPM-ERP on the Joint Statement of World Council of Churches

On the occasion of the joint statement of the World Council of Churches, the General Director of KSPM-ERP, Arch. Panteleimon Papasinefakis, made the following statement: “The World Council of Churches could not but be alarmed about the dire situation of migrants and refugees in Europe, especially after the horrible tragedy that struck the refugee camp at Moria. WCC members have released a joint statement that is not a mere wish list but puts a finger on sore points: through a number...


Burnout prevention and treatment

Our Center, thanks to the generous funding of the Swiss Federal Government for a third consecutive year, launched under the supervision of a specialized team of psychologists an innovative program to prevent and combat burnout of its employees who work at shelters for unaccompanied minors. This action, which is a continuation of an older one, expresses in practice the philosophy of our institution for the multifaceted support of its employees. ...


Visit to the New Acropolis Museum

On Friday the 10th of July 2020, a group of unaccompanied refugee minors, who reside in our Center’s shelters, were given a free guide of the New Acropolis Museum. This way, our youngsters got the chance to get a first glance of the ancient Greek art and architecture and to start to know a part of the culture in which they are called to build a better future. We hereby thank the Museum’s Administration, especially the President Dr. Dimitrios Pantermalis, whose kind...


Visit of His Excellency Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to Greece to KSPM-ERP’s accommodation facility for unaccompanied minors

On June 24, 2020, His Excellency Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to Greece, Mr Olaf Kjelsen, paid a visit to a KSPM-ERP’s accommodation facility for unaccompanied minors. He was welcomed by the General Director of the Center, Arch. Panteleimon Papasynefakis and the Director of Social and Legal Services, Mrs Athanasia Kotsiatou, who informed him, among other things, about the operation of the psychosocial support program, funded by the Swiss Confederation.


The Swiss Federation funds programs of KSPM-ERP

For the third consecutive time, the Swiss government has proceeded to funding the activities and programs of  the Church of Greece through our Center. This decision has a further symbolic character since the usual policy of the Swiss Federation does not allow long term support of the same organisation more than once. However, the success and impecable administration of the two previous projects as well as the targeted effort of the Church of Greece to protect unaccompanied minor refugees, has led...


Collaboration with I.O.M.

Today, Wednesday the 26th of February 2020, in the offices of the Archbishopric of Athens a Cooperation Agreement was signed between the “Integration Centre for Migrant Workers-Ecumenical Refugee Program of the Church of Greece (KSPM-ERP)” and the International Organization for Migration. Archbishop of Athens Ieronimos II adressed the head of IOM Mr. Gianluca Rocco, by stating that “the will is strong to support the program of the accompanied minors’ shelters,...


Opening of our organization’s new offices

Today, Wednesday the 19th of February 2020, the Most Reverend Metropolitan of Ilion, Acharnai and Petroupolis Athenagoras, President of the Governing Committee of KSPM-Ecumenical Refugee Program of the Church of Greece, presided over the Grand Opening of our organization’s new offices, in Athens, Greece. Those offices will house our Administration and the supervision officers of our new shelters for unaccompanied minors. Among others, the Most Reverend Metropolitan of Thessaly and Fanariofersala Timotheos, member of our organization’s Governing Committee, the Secretary General...


Accommodation facilities for unaccompanied minors program

The Standing Holy Synod of the Church of Greece has unanimously approved the implementation of a program for the operation of accommodation facilities for unaccompanied minor refugees by our Center. KSPM-ERP, in cooperation with the Greek government, is currently concluding the necessary procedures so as to launch the operation of shelters for children aged 6-13 by mid-February. Competently staffed with specialized personnel, the shelters will be providing a bundle of services spanning the whole spectrum of child protection from covering basic needs...


Participation of KSPM-ERP’s Director at the conference of CCEE

A conference on “The local community as a model of welcoming and integrating into Europe” was held from 26 to 28 November 2019 in Athens under the auspices of the CCEE (Consilium Conferentiarum Episcoporum Europae). The Director of KSPM-ERP Archimandrite, Mr. Panteleimon Papassynefakis, attended the conference on behalf of the Church of Greece, where he read a message from His Beatitude Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Mr. Ieronymos. During the conference, the...