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Merimna, Greece

Melissa is a network for migrant and refugee women living in Greece. It aims to promote empowerment and active citizenship, to create and sustain bonds, and to build a bridge of communication with the host society.

Founded in September 2014 with the direct involvement of migrant women leaders, it has members from 45 countries who live and work in Greece. It operates on the basis of a common platform, a hub where networks and individuals can meet, share their concerns and ideas, and support seach other in the pursuit of their common goals.

Melissa Network, Greece

“Merimna” is the only organization in Greece that provides bereavement support to children and adolescents who are grieving the loss of a loved person, as well as palliative home care services to children and adolescents who live with a life-threatening illness. Founded in 1995 by experts in pediatric palliative care and bereavement support, this non-profit organization has made a significant social contribution in Greece in a field where there are currently no other services. What is our mission? Our mission is to provide free of charge, specialized and high quality care to children and families who either live with a life threatening illness or are grieving the loss of a loved one, as well as to cultivate a supportive community around them, through the training of professionals and sensitization of the public.

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