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ATHENS – With government programs to help the needy almost non-existent, Greece is going to take help from Norway, which, along with the Greek Disapora, is filling in the gaps.

Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis, Norwegian Ambassador Sjur Larsen and the President of nongovernmental organization Solidarity Now, Stelios Zavvos, on March 18 launched a new program to provide support to the Greek capital’s poor.

The Solidarity & Social Reintegration scheme comprises a food program benefiting 3,600 households, as well as a space provided by City Hall and managed by Solidarity Now where the organization will provide social, medical and legal aid, among other services.

“The aim is the immediate relief of those in need by providing food, medical care, social services, legal support, help finding employment, and support for single-parent families, children and other vulnerable groups,” said Larsen, whose country has donated 95.8 percent of the 4.3 million euros needed to fund the program. The other donors are Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Previous governments have left it up to NGO’s, the Greek Orthodox Church and the Diaspora around the world, along with other charities, to take care of the poor and people who’ve been hit hardest by austerity measures demanded by international lenders.

Source: The National Herald
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