SOS Villages’ after-school centre in Kipseli (Χωριά ΣΟΣ - ΚΕΜΠΥ Κυψέλης, "KEMPY") opened in March 2019 to provide educational support and other activities to vulnerable families in Kipseli, Athens. There has been great response from the local community and the centre has grown into a hub for local children.
We partnered with KEMPY in September 2019, and ran 4 weekly classes to some 40 children for that school year.
Our work together was very successful and for 2020-21 we are expanding the programme to include a special class dedicated on fun programming (e.g. building a game app for mobile phones) and the participation in the national robotics competition.
Last year, KEMPY started offering activities to refugee children, and in 2020-21 we are joining that effort by launching 4 such classes.
approx. 80 children, 9 classes
Teacher: Fotini Markopoulou,
In September 2020 we are launching an exciting pilot program to offer Spark Classes to Centers for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, and this marks the start of our collaboration with the NGO Evropaiki Ekfrasi ("Ευρωπαϊκή Έκφραση", which means European Expression). We provide lessons to boys aged 14-18, of various linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
European Expression is a non-profit that works with civil society to promote European values and civic responsibility. In recent years they have been active in refugee issues, through their two hospitality centers for unaccompanied minors, as well as through their presence at the Eleonas refugee camp.
We would like to thank the staff of both organizations for their invaluable assistance.
approx. 32 children, 4 classes
Teacher: Yannis Yataganis
Christodoulio Foster Centre
Spark first partnered with Christodoulio in February of 2018, and we have been running a class of 10 primary school children since.
We also ran a small group of three middle school children, who just completed our program, and all passed a Microsoft Certification at the end of 2019.
Christodoulio is a small nonprofit foster center in Chaidari, Athens,
offering a home to around 30 girls who can no longer be with their families.
13 children, 2 classes
Teachers: Fotini Markopoulou,
foster care centre
We partnered with the Agia Anna foster centre in 2018-9 and 2019-20, running one to two Spark classes weekly.
Agia Anna (Χριστιανική Στέγη Κοριτσιού Αγία Άννα) is a small nonprofit foster center
in Kifissia, Athens.
Agia Anna offers a home to around 25 girls who can no longer be with their families.
Agia Anna largely relies on grants from individuals and private institutions.
12 children on average, 2 classes
Teacher: Panagiotis Psomos
municipality of Iraklio
With help from the municipality of Iraklio Attikis, we were able to run Spark classes in 2018-9 and 2019-2020 to include children from the city's welfare programs.
Spark offered classes at the 6th Primary School of Iraklio Attikis (6ο Δημοτικό), open to all children in Iraklio's welfare programs, with remaining positions open to children of the 6th Primary School on a first-come basis.
The program would not have been possible without the help and support of the Deputy Mayor for Welfare, the city's welfare services agency, and the school's parents association.
16-35 children, 2-4 classes
Teacher: Panagiotis Psomos
In 2019-20 we ran an ambitious pilot program at the SOS Village in Vari.
Instead of splitting children by age, we created groups based on their SOS “families”, with many SOS “mothers” participating in the activities. We knew the challenges of teaching classes with children of varying age, but we believed in the benefits of turning our technology classes into a joint, family activity. The three classes are ran sequentially on Saturday mornings, which creates a sort of “Spark time” across the village.
SOS Village in Vari is a foster centre, run by the greek charter of the international nonprofit organizations SOS Villages. It looks after children who can no longer be with their families, splitting them into "families", each with each one house and a dedicated" mother".
25 children, 3 classes
Teacher: Yannis Yataganis
Piraeus municipal library
This was an ambitious pilot program to offer Spark classes at the Piraeus Municipal Library, open to children in Piraeus' welfare programs. The library houses a large computer lab maintained by the University of Piraeus, and we welcomed the opportunity to offer Spark activities there.
The pilot ran in the 2019-20 school year, with participating children came from a range of nonprofit organizations, specifically ΚΟΔΕΠ, Kivotos and the SOS Villages center in Piraeus.
Regretfully, operating restrictions as part of COVID-suppression measures, do not allow us to continue for a second year.
We would like to thank the city of Piraeus, the Director of Culture, the Library Manager, and ΚΟΔΕΠ, for their support and substantial help in setting up, as well as the Dept. of Digital Systems at the University of Piraeus.
41 children, 5 classes
Teachers: Panagiotis Psomos,
Schedia, in partnership with the municipality of Drapetsona-Keratsini, has built a program to fight social exclusion in children in Drapetsona.
In the spring of 2018, as part of that program, and in particular in order to help support teenage children-at-risk, we ran Spark classes for approximately 20 children
(at the time, Spark was a project under the umbrella of nonprofit Hellenic Hope). With the help of Schedia, we ran an intensive program to match the particular needs of the classes, aggressively adjusting the curriculum and using two teachers per class.
Unfortunately, the physical space available proved not to be suitable. With a lot of regret, and with the children's welfare in mind, we all agreed that it would be better not to continue the classes.
Schedia is a non-profit organization seeking to improve the living conditions of marginalized social groups, defend children's and women's rights and promote artistic expression and experimentation as a means for social intervention.
16 children, 2 classes
Teachers: Panagiotis Psomos
For the school year 2018-9, we were able to partner Hatzikiriakio to run a weekly class of 13 middle school students.
Hatzikiriakio (Χατζηκυριάκειο Ίδρυμα Παιδικής Προστασίας) is a venerable foster care foundation in Piraeus, offering a home to 60 girls aged 6 to 18 who can no longer be with their families. Hatzikiriakio runs additional programs, including. support for their graduates transitioning to adulthood, and children-in-need living with their families and graduates.