Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Second Hand Charity Shop in Agios Nikolaos, Crete.

I spent the morning in Agios Nikolaos today. My mission was to locate the Charity Shop, which I had heard about. As you see, I did find it, in a very convenient position, just up the side of the big church on the road to the square at the top of the town. I also asked if there was a soup-kitchen in Agios, apparently not, but above the charity shop there is the KAPI (I hope I have spelled that correctly), anyway, the KAPI is an organization run for older people. It is a place where pensioners can go for a cup of coffee, and a chat with other pensioners. I am sure there are activities and the like organised for these people too. I was also informed that above the KAPI there is the office of Social Security, where those people who are desperate, i.e. have no money for food, clothing etc., can go and talk to someone who will help them.

Proceeds from the shop will go towards the social needs of the area of Agios Nikolaos, so, if you do have something to donate towards this good cause, or if you are looking for something to buy, do visit the shop - it is the only one of its kind in the town. And some things have been given by shops, and are brand new. I picked up a children's book, in Greek, but there are English books too, and videos and DVD's. Go and take a look next time you are in Agios.

Charity Shop opening hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day except Wednesday, when it is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Weekdays, I'm not sure about Sunday).

Information supplied by my Greek teacher, Manolis. Thank you Manoli.

KAPI = Open Care Center Elderly

  The institution of KAPI created in 1984 by a legislative initiative funded by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. The institution has gradually evolved through local government, developed and expanded throughout the country which now reaches more than 900 work centers. The basic philosophy of the institution is to defend the social rights of the elderly. The services of the center aimed at men and women over 60 who live in the area of operation regardless of the economic and social situation.

Κ.Α.Π.Η. = Κέντρο Ανοικτης Προστασίας Ηλικιωμένων
 Ο θεσμός των ΚΑΠΗ δημιουργήθηκε το 1984 με νομοθετική πρωτοβουλία και χρηματοδότηση του Υπουργείου Υγείας και Προνοίας. Ο Θεσμός εξελίχθηκε σταδιακά μέσω των οργανισμών τοπικής αυτοδιοίκησης, αναπτύχθηκε και διευρύνθηκε σε όλη τη χώρα όπου φθάνει μέχρι σήμερα να λειτουργούν περισσότερα από 900 κέντρα. Βασική φιλοσοφία του θεσμού είναι η προάσπιση των κοινωνικών δικαιωμάτων των ηλικιωμένων. Οι υπηρεσίες του κέντρου απευθύνονται σε άντρες και γυναίκες άνω των 60 ετών που κατοικούν στην περιοχή λειτουργίας τους ανεξάρτητα από την οικονομική και κοινωνική τους κατάσταση.

Bye for now,
Love Jane x

1 comment:

Redspect said...

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