With deepest appreciation and gratitude, Cerebral Palsy Greece/Open Door announces that the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) will be supporting the operation of the Day Centre for Adults, at the Open Door Centre of Education & Rehabilitation, for two years.
This decision comes as recognition of the Day Centre’s unique importance, as the most sought-after program, with the largest number of applicants every year. With funding by the SNF, 71 adults, severely physically impaired by cerebral palsy, will continue, according to their abilities, interests, and age, to participate in a wide range of activities, instead of being isolated in their homes. The Day Centre maximizes their potential, by offering them companionship in a creative and challenging environment.
Unfortunately, adults with profound and complex physical impairments face the greatest weaknesses in the Welfare State, especially when it comes to daily programs, but Cerebral Palsy Greece/Open Door will never stop standing by these brave and lovely people and offering them what they are entitled to.
Once again, SNF is a loyal partner in this effort. The Foundation’s donation is ‘matched’ by Cerebral Palsy Greece through the raising of the equivalent funds from other sources, thus mobilizing the awareness and generosity of the wider public to our cause.
The President of Cerebral Palsy Greece/Open Door, Daphne Economou, says: “We want to express our unlimited gratitude to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), who with its sustained support of our work has proven that it recognizes and acknowledges fundamental social needs, and always supports, through its example, the hope for a society where everyone is equal. When philanthropy, in the true sense of the word, meets and cooperates with those who are pioneers in the field of social welfare, all goals can be achieved. This is what we always feel, in our long association with the SNF, and we are committed to always being worthy of its trust.”
Eleni Agouridi from the SNF’s Programs Department, says: “The paths of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and Cerebral Palsy Greece/Open Door met twenty-five years ago, almost since our establishment. We are particularly happy that today we are again by the side of Cerebral Palsy Greece, together with other donors, in supporting the operation of the Day Center for Adults for the next two years. During our long, parallel, and often joint journey, we never cease to be impressed by the undiminished dedication of the President, Mrs. Daphne Economou and her team, both in the work accomplished at the Open Door Centre, but also by the impact of their efforts, which develop year by year, essentially improving the daily life of dozens of our fellow human beings”.
A few words about Cerebral Palsy Greece/Open Door
Founded in 1972, as a registered charity, Cerebral Palsy Greece/Open Door has charted a successful and honorable course in the service of people with cerebral palsy in Greece. CPG/Open Door never isolated itself or the people in its care and has always tried to overcome barriers, to build bridges and to fight for the inclusion of people with disability in every walk of life. The Open Door Centre of Education and Rehabilitation in Argyroupoli, provides its services to 240 children, young people and adults with cerebral palsy every day.
A few words about the SNF
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is one of the largest private philanthropic organizations in the world and makes donations to non-profit organizations in the fields of art and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. The SNF supports organizations and programs, worldwide, that are expected to bring tangible, long-term and positive results to society at large and demonstrate effective and good governance. The Foundation also supports programs that contribute to the cooperation of public and private sector entities, as effective means of supporting the common good.