Christian agencies rescue child refugee hostel after funding cut

by Gavin Drake


Source: Anglican Communion News Service

A Greek Orthodox Church-run hostel for unaccompanied child refugees in Greece has been given a lifeline following a cash injection from Anglican and ecumenical Christian agencies. The Hestia Boys Hostel in Athens has been providing accommodation and training for child refugees from Afghanistan, Congo, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria since 2011. But a restructuring by the European Union meant that its funding had been suspended. Now, the Diocese in Europe’s Athens’ chaplaincy has stepped in to keep the centre open, with the support of the Anglican mission agency USPG and the British ecumenical agency Christian Aid.

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