Since the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic our top priority has been to support and protect vulnerable groups in Greece.
We immediately reached out to over 600 organizations in our network to learn and document their needs in the context of the COVID-19 Response measures. Within a very short period, we obtained a thorough understanding of what was urgently needed and what would be most helpful to these organizations to better protect themselves and address the challenges of these unprecedented times.
Our first major corporate donation came from the Insurance Group Eurolife FFH that entrusted us to provide important PPE supplies and medical equipment to Social Welfare Centers throughout Greece, under the auspices of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.
Our fundraising efforts continued with an open call to individuals, companies, and charitable foundations. So far we have raised over 500.000€ from 200+ donors and have distributed a range of donations in kind, estimated to have exceeded €1.000.000 in value.
Thanks to our swift response and to the amazing help of our supporters, we were able to address a wide variety of needs such as: medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, personal hygiene products, protective equipment, cleaning products, sanitation supplies, household appliances, technological equipment, water, juices, food relief, even means of transportation for home care services. Moreover, we were able to provide: a Special Air-Sanitizing Unit for the Aglaia Kyriakou Paidon Hospital ICU, a Mobile Radiographic Unit for the Paidon Hospital of Penteli and a Bronchoscope for the G. Gennimatas Hospital ICU.
Many companies also contributed with valuable donations in products and equipment, adding considerable resources in covering critical needs. Currently, we are managing the amazing donation of 2.000.000 surgical masks from Thrace Plastics Group SA., delivered for free by ACS Couriers to hundreds of destinations in Greece. We have also managed the donation of 45.000€ worth of electronics and household appliances by the Olympia Group (Public & Media Markt) to 21 Children’s Welfare Organizations,
We have a lot of work ahead of us!
Only a few days ago the US Google Community Grants Fund approved a $100.000 grant to Desmos for Food Relief in Greece.
On a daily basis, we are inspired by people’s willingness to help, people who motivate others to contribute, supporters who talk about Desmos’ work, collaborators who reach out for our advice and expertise. We are inspired by people like YOU!
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