June 2017 – Κιβωτός του Κόσμου (Ark of the World)
The donation of June 2017 goes to:
Κιβωτός του Κόσμου (Ark of the World) is a Non-Profit Organisation for the caring mostly for homeless mothers and children, living in conditions of neglect and abandonment, without medical care, mostly coming from single parent families, and some children even without parents. Κιβωτός του Κόσμου was founded in 1998 by Father Antonios Papanikolaou, armed with nothing but his love for children and his desire to create a warm nest of affection and care for these “other” children of Athens, children who had been faced with day after day abandonment, indifference, racism and social exclusion.
The local authorities were initially unwilling to help Κιβωτός (Greek for “Ark”) and only stood by and criticised but later on, when the results of Father Antonios efforts became obvious they had to admit that juvenile delinquency among the youth, Greek or refugee had dramatically dropped in the area due to Father Antonios and his work. An opinion shared by the teachers at the local schools that had also noticed the significant reduction of delinquent children due to the “Ark” and father’s work.
Despite the difficulties and the obstacles, Father Antonios never lost his optimism and his hope; he stayed focused on his goal, always finding ways to help as many people as possible.