The Kinoniko EKAV (a Greek acronym for the Kinoniko "Hellenic Direct Assistance Cell" [in Greece, the "EKAV" is the National Direct Aid Center of the public health system]) is an independent social organization aiming at combating any form of social exclusion. The name "Kinoniko EKAV" refers to the concept of responding to emergencies, where socially marginalized people are literally traumatized in their social status.
The Kinoniko EKAV aims at reaching out and helping people who have lost the capacity to meet their basic needs by themselves (accommodation, food, health care, etc.), and often even the capacity to ask for help, being in deep desperation. Such groups are, for example, street children, homeless individuals, unaccompanied minor refugees, isolated women, refugees with disabilities, unemployed without support, etc. With Greece remaining in a prolonged crisis, their numbers are growing; social marginalization is now hitting people who belonged to the well-off social groups until recently.
The Kinoniko EKAV acts through mobile teams, providing immediate sanitary, psychological, and social care, on the very spot where people needing it are identified. The first objective is to create a human relationship, which is then used to lead gradually to social reintegration. In addition, the Kinoniko EKAV organizes hospitality spaces, where these people can find care and company, where they can socialize and re-claim their rights. In the hospitality spaces, counseling on medical, health, psychological, legal, etc. matters is provided.
The Kinoniko EKAV was founded in Greece by a group of physicians, health professionals, legal professionals, journalists, and social and political scientists, who already had a wealth of experience in the field of social action and volunteer humanitarian missions. The main motivation for its creation has been the need to contribute in tackling the social impact of the crisis, which is pushing more and more fellow citizens towards the margins of society.
The Kinoniko EKAV is an action organization, independent from any government, political party, or other political or religious body, and with direct reference to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as to the values of Freedom, Equality, and Solidarity, as set out in the Organization's Charter of Principles.