MIKROS KOSMOS - Greek Lessons and psycosocial development skills activities for children and female caregivers

Stakeholder: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Type of stakeholder: Non Governmental Organizations

Service last updated on 24-01-2023

General Information

Population Groups
Refugee / immigrant population
  • Families
  • Children
  • Single-parent families
Days / Hours of service
  • Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 18:00
Supported languages
Συνεργαζόμενοι φορείς

ELIX- Voluntary Work Programs

Caritas Athens

Catholic Relief Services


CRS, and in partnership with local Caritas and ELIX partners, supports children in building essential Greek language skills, increasing their active participation in school, and facilitating their integration into Greek society. At the same time, the children’s caregivers receive support to better meet their children’s psychosocial needs and support their engagement in academic activities. The child-centric project builds on lessons learned from past programs, which have shown the importance of intensive accompaniment and psychosocial support in promoting integration and self-reliance. By engaging caregivers from the start of the project, CRS and project partners ensure sustainability whereby caregivers continue to provide a supportive home environment that will motivate their children to succeed in school even after they have exited the project.

In the context of the holistic approach of “Mikros Kosmos” the complementary activity “Mamathaino Ellinika” has been developed, from which mothers/female caregivers with small children have the opportunity to learn Greek while simultaneously engaging their children (aged 4-5) in activities specifically designed for toddlers. The program enables mothers with infants and preschool children (0-4) to attend the course with them.

Project overview

Participation/referral information

The program receives referrals from agencies and organizations active in supporting the refugee/immigrant population living in Athens. Referrals are made through a referral form where basic information is filled in.