Bishop's 2019 Lent Appeal

Bishop Robert has launched his 2019 Lent Appeal, supporting mental health and livelihoods for the vulnerable in Greece. 

In July 2018, the resort village of Mati witnessed Greece’s worst ever forest fires. The death toll reached 100, over 200 people injured, and over 700 evacuated from their homes.  To these numbers, we should add the number suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other psychological after-effects.  

An Athens-based organisation called Hestia Hellas is providing a vulnerable community with sustainable tools and a skill set necessary to participate in daily life and thrive in times of difficulties. Greece is facing multiple challenges including an economic crisis, an influx of refugees and migrants and the devastating fires that have deprived many families from housing and jobs.  Hestia Hellas is dedicated to offering psycho-social support services, Child Friendly Space, jobs and life skills support, and food distribution to those in need.

You can read Bishop Robert’s Appeal letter, find more information about the work Hestia Hellas (below), and watch a video about the project.

Hestia Hellas work

Additional information