- to beautify the daily life of the children in the neighborhood
- to help children in their learning development
- to provide a warm and pleasant environment that children will consider “home” and their parents will feel safe to leave their children
- to help children develop a spirit of sportsmanship, sociability and cooperation
Κentro68 is open to all children, adolescents and young people of the Neos Kosmos neighborhood and surrounding areas, regardless of gender, origin or religion. Admission and all activities are free and parents are always welcome.
- People who play with the children and ensure the safety and general supervision of the place
- Students and active or retired teachers for school lessons
- People who organize the decoration, maintenance and cleanliness of the place
- Those who are responsible for the soccer teams
- The existence of a friendly and safe environment where parents feel comfortable to leave their children to spend their time creatively
- Helping the children with their school lessons
- The development of sportsmanship and cooperation through sports and other activities
- The development of close and warm relationships with many children and their parents
- Many of the children, that have “grown up” within Kentro68, are now our leaders or partners in our current activities
- Three weeks of fun and excitement during our festivals every summer in the neighborhood square
During the 2004 Olympic Games, we began to organize festivals in the neighborhood of Neos Kosmos, which continued to take place during holidays and the summer months. The result was getting acquainted with the children and their parents as “those who organize the festivals». This contact led to our desire to do something more systematic and structured for the children of the neighborhood, which was achieved in September 2008, when it “opened” officially. The center was named from the number in the address Dinostratou St. 68 (Kentro68).
Nowadays it seems naive to offer without expecting in return, to the extent that volunteering and selflessness are treated with suspicion.
But what today has regarded with suspicion, was a part of the life of Jesus Christ and was expressed with prompts such as: «love your neighbor as you love yourself» and «show your kindness to everyone».
Though, how do you manifest your interest and externalize your love and your concern? Love for your neighbor can not remain at a theological level and be expressed only in words. Therefore, being the first to have tasted the love of Jesus Christ in our hearts, we try, despite all the shortcomings and limitations, to express these feelings in practice.
• Volunteer teachers for school lessons, English, and some simple musical instruments
• Volunteers who can organize workshops (dance, crafts, painting, photography, etc.)
• Volunteers who can provide building maintenance services (plumbing, electrical, painting, construction, etc.)
• Books for the Library
• Financial support
By the children and not for the children
Through many experiences with the Kentro68 and by getting to know the children and them getting to know us, we found out that there are many things that can be done by the children and not just for the children.
Thus the children adopt an “Outreach” and are the ones who take the leadership role and encourage others to join in. The aim is twofold: to serve the neighborhood and to develop the children’s sense of helping and giving back to those around them.
It has no relation with children, games and festival. It has nothing to do with lessons or learning a foreign language. It is irrelevant to sports. It doesn’t take place within the four walls of Kentro68 and it doesn’t concern the neighborhood of Neos Kosmos.
It is life! It is blood! It is an initiative of the older children, who as adults have been informed of the importance of donating blood and then took it upon themselves to give back in this way.