The Greek Caravan of Solidarity was established in 1993 and is one of the oldest Greek non-governmental organizations (NGO’s).
Our organization, in a modest manner, developed significant activity in the sector of direct humanitarian aid, though principally through the support of orphaned families with the programme of "economic adoption" of orphaned children, by Greek donors. Our donors are everyday people who know where their money is going, trust us and, often by depriving themselves, undertake to support a child.
Furthermore, in 2002, the Greek Caravan of Solidarity inaugurated the first charity shop in Greece “SECOND HAND”, following on the well-know model of philanthropic shops already established in Europe.
Through its creation, the Caravan has succeeded in activating even more voluntary participation and contributions from citizens, so as now to be in a position to widen the existing programmes and to simultaneously promote and carry out its programmes for economic adoptions along with new activities.
We are proud of our work and for this reason we wish to clearly state that throughout the years, we have not accepted even one euro, neither from the funds of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations, nor from the European Union.
We did not take and we did not ask. We did not ask because it is our unshakeable conviction that there cannot be an non-governmental organization which is supported by "governmental" grants. An organization such as ours cannot rush to wherever the money and the objectives of the donors are directed, and not where there are real needs
So that is why we do not wish to be involved with the delays and opaque dealings of national and European funding.