9 July 2015

Statement from SOS Children’s Villages on Greek referendum on the debt crisis

Media contact:

Stephanie Rendon, 202.470.5182, srendon@sos-usa.org

ATHENS, Greece – George Protopapas, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages in Greece, issued the following statement in response to this week’s referendum on the debt crisis:

“The referendum result is a very strong message from the Greek people, but we remain in a state of high uncertainty. Over the coming days, critical decisions by the European Central Bank and leaders of the Eurozone will give us a better idea of how SOS Children’s Villages will need to respond.

“Today, the situation faced by many families in Greece – devastated by poverty and unemployment – has not changed following the ‘No’ vote. But so long as the banks are closed and the financial system is paralyzed, uncertainty will continue to cast a cloud over families, especially those who were struggling already. We hope that we will be able to do everything we can to support them.”

SOS Children’s Villages has been in Greece since 1975, working to ensure that every child grows up in a loving, protective family environment. SOS Children’s Villages provides social services to strengthen vulnerable families and prevent family breakdown. When necessary and in the best interest of the child, SOS Children’s Villages also provides family-based care for children without parental care.

The protracted economic crisis in Greece has forced many children and families into a dire situation. To support their needs, SOS Children’s Villages expanded its programs in Greece and now provides critical support to approximately over 1,000 families annually across its 7 social centers.