KMOP

'We are extremely passionate about what we do and what we achieve'

Since 1977, KMOP works with people at all levels of society to help empower lives and build resilient futures. People differ in their susceptibility to risk depending on their social group, gender, ethnic or other identity, age, as well as on other factors and characteristics. This makes them vulnerable as their capacity to anticipate, cope with, resist and recover from the impact of a hazard is diminished.

Therefore, it is essential to develop their capacity for building resilience.

Resilience-building strengthens the ability of vulnerable households and communities to adapt to changing circumstances, manage an increasingly complex risk-prone social environment, and cope with shocks they are unable to prevent.

With the changing world as the backdrop, and building on our core strengths, our work is focused on driving solution-oriented, knowledge-based interventions that are crucial to fostering resilience. In doing so, we leave behind a legacy of organisations that can continue our work once we are gone.

We offer demand-driven services on the basis of a strong partner network with results at all levels (community, regional, national and international), following nine areas of focus:

Fostering Social Cohesion through Combating Unemployment

Global economic crisis has led to a dramatic increase in the number of people joining the ranks of the unemployed or facing imminent risk of losing their jobs. At the same time, the world is facing a continuously worsening youth employment crisis: a "scarred" generation of young workers facing a dangerous mix of high unemployment, increased inactivity and precarious work in developed countries, as well as persistently high working poverty and social exclusion in the developing world. On top of that, ethnic minorities, migrants, disabled people, the homeless, those struggling with substance abuse, people with low typical skills, even isolated elderly people and children, all often face difficulties that can lead to further social exclusion, such as low levels of education and unemployment or underemployment. Interestingly, a key aspect of social exclusion in all above cases is that of dynamics. People are excluded not just because they are currently without a job or income but because they have little prospects for the future.

KMOP has long been committed to strengthening people's resilience against socio-economic and psychological risks associated with unemployment and social exclusion by working closely with national and local governments, the private sector and the civil society in defining employment promotion and social inclusion priorities and corresponding support measures.

We use a systems-based approach in our work that involves comprehensive assessment, local capacity building, and sustainable solutions implemented with a broad network of partners. Especially, we have been active in designing targeted interventions in the areas of: job creation, revenue generation, skills development, improvement and extension of employment promotion and social support services to vulnerable and at-risk groups.

Our specific interventions focus on active employment measures, including: labour force needs’ assessments to ensure the unemployed are equipped with the skills needed to meet real labour market opportunities; development of basic and technical skills ; vocational education and training; counseling and life skills building; business support services and promotion of social economy and entrepreneurship.

For more information about our relevant project references, please click here.

Protecting Human Rights – Counter Human Trafficking Activities

Human trafficking is the modern expression of slavery. Yet, it often goes unnoticed by many because people lack understanding of what it is. A common misconception of human trafficking is that it only involves trafficking for sexual purpose, but another important aspect of human trafficking is related with illegal labour. Trafficking for sexual exploitation almost exclusively affects women and girls, but trafficking for labour exploitation affects both men and women.

Trafficking for labour exploitation also affects children. Trafficking of children - internally in countries, across national borders and across continents - is closely interlinked with the demand for cheap, malleable and docile labour force in sectors and among employers where working conditions grossly violates the human rights of the children.

KMOP believes that we cannot afford to live in a society where human trafficking exists. It is not a matter of achieving a certain level of human rights standards or reaching a higher level of development. It is rather a matter of having a society which respects human rights and thus a society where development can be achieved. And as long as people will be trafficked, our communal well-being will be at risk, individual growth will be threatened, human rights will never be achievable and finally social cohesion will be jeopardised.

To address this complex issue, we work both at policy and operational level, providing services to victims, but mainly supporting public institutions, non-governmental organisations and international agencies to:

  • Raise awareness about the nature and effects of trafficking.
  • Design and deliver trainings for helping the victims of trafficking build resilience and coping skills.
  • Deliver capacity building actions for public officials, service providers and NGO professionals.
  • Conduct context-specific research on the root causes of victims' vulnerability, mechanisms and routes used by traffickers, and the nature of exploitation that takes place, as well as the legal and cultural contexts.
  • Support evidence-based policy-making to formulate appropriate response strategies and interventions.
  • Design and optimise national anti-trafficking mechanisms and operational procedures
  • Forge partnerships that meet the needs of the victims.

For more information about our relevant project references, please click here.

Promoting Children Well-Being and Combating Bullying

Bullying is a form of abuse that can take different forms (physical, verbal, social, racial, religion, sexual, disability, cyberbullying) at different ages. Usually it is targeted and repeated. It preys on vulnerability and exposes both children who bully and those who are bullied to a number of social and psychological problems and a lifetime pattern of abuse. Any abuse – especially taking under consideration the vulnerability of children and their weakness to confront effectively their bullies - is anything but harmless.

KMOP is actively engaged in building resilience against the painful effects of bullying. We believe that we all have a voice in how to stop bullying and promote healthy relationships. Yet, to understand these questions, we must expand our focus beyond the traditional view of children as the "bullied, the bullying and the by-standers" to include children's relationships and external environment. The modern everyday environment of children, including the common use of ICT applications and communication devices, should be taken under serious consideration, since it heavily affects the forms of bullying phenomena, together with their expression channels.

Our work is based on three strategies: education, assessment, and policy, all of which are equally important and necessary in order to stop bullying and victimization and to create environments where children feel safe.

  • Education: We develop awareness about bullying so we can change attitudes and build commitment to address bullying problems among the general public and organisations involved with children and youth. At the same time, we provide support and advice to parents, children, schools and youth/community organisations on anti-bullying issues and on prevention and early intervention strategies. To do this, we use 'peer to peer' education techniques as well as networking and campaigning.
  • Assessment: We provide universal assessment tools to evaluate the extent of bullying and victimisation problems for children and adolescents, their families, schools and communities. Assessments provide the baseline for understanding the nature and extent of bullying problems and determine which programs should be selected to meet the specific needs of an organisation.
  • Policy: We work with policy-makers to develop prevention policies that specifically tackle bullying and establish steps that will be taken when bullying occurs. Bullying is a relationship problem and therefore, effective policies must address the roles and responsibilities of the person who is bullying, the person who is being bullied, as well as peers, adults and the community.

For more information about our relevant project references, please click here.

Education and skills development

Education is key to building resilient societies as long as the benefits of education are brought to "every citizen in every society". To this end, concerted efforts are required to ensure that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and soft-skills programmes. With regard to young people in particular, we believe that they should all have access to wider opportunities that help them to remain engaged, realise their potential and actively participate to the decisions that affect them. Furthermore, this will help ensure that more young people will acquire such skills and qualifications that will lead to sustainable jobs and thus sustainable social inclusion. On this front, we work closely with national governments, civil society groups, youth organisations and education institutions at regional, national and EU levels to strengthen support for both formal and non-formal education.

Also, we have long been engaged in the development and delivery of lifelong learning programmes for socially vulnerable groups in particular, the poor, low skilled, unemployed, people with disabilities, migrants, and minority groups such as Roma populations.

Our work in this area involves: provision of policy advice; development of policy guidance; introduction of innovative tools, and; conduction of research and analysis. On-the-ground technical support is provided in designing new educational tools, and helping set up systems that promote lifelong learning and education opportunities.

For more information about our relevant project references, please click here.

COMBATING GENDER DISCRIMINATION AND SUPPORTING WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT

KMOP focuses on gender equality and women's empowerment not only as part of respecting human rights, but also because they are crucial to fostering resilience. Unequal treatment of women - by the state, in the market, and by their community and family - puts them at a disadvantage throughout their lives and stifles the development prospects of their societies. Illiterate and poorly educated mothers are less able to care for their children. Low education levels, responsibilities for household work and long-lasting stereotypes prevent women from finding productive job opportunities or participating to public decision-making.

KMOP works to provide women with access to resources, employment and education, to reduce inequality and to promote their full participation in the social, economic, and political life. Our interventions include: skills development and training programmes specifically targeted to the needs of vulnerable women; targeted interventions to boost women entrepreneurs; research and policy analysis that examine the employment potential of women belonging to extremely disadvantaged groups (single-parented families, migrants, victims of domestic violence, etc); interventions promoting the reconciliation of family and professional life targeting both women and employers / companies. At the same time, we work to ensure that women have a real voice in the political scene at national and EU levels, from the judiciary to the civil service, as well as in the private sector and civil society, so they can participate equally with men in public dialogue and decision-making and influence the decisions that will determine the future of their families and countries.

Moreover, KMOP is actively engaged in combatting all forms of discrimination resulting from gender-related characteristics, as well as sexual orientation. We try to protect the rights and contribute to serving the needs of populations considered as vulnerable due to their sexual identity (i.e. LGBT community) by tackling stereotypes leading to their marginalization.

For more information about our relevant project references, please click here.

Promoting Modern Social Protection Systems and Social Services

KMOP works with national partners in the EU and in developing countries to build their capacity to implement innovative social protection systems and modernize their framework of social services provided. Technical Assistance services provided by KMOP evolve around state-of-the-art examples and benchmarks, utilizing all modern trends, like community based services, decentralisation models, de-institutionalisation processes, introducing quality standards, having as ultimate goal the development and adoption of integrated social protection systems, tailored to the needs for social support and enhancement in the country.

In that context, KMOP - through technical assistance and capacity-building interventions - supports:

  • Design and Implementation of decentralisation and de-institutionalisation strategies through the promotion of enabling policy, regulatory and institutional frameworks, conducive also for non-state actors and mainly third sector participation in social service delivery.
  • Development of capacities of institutional partners, including governments, non-governmental organisations and local authorities to effectively engage through inclusive partnerships for improving social service delivery to marginalised groups and empower their resilience.
  • Introduction of innovative mechanisms to ensure broad stakeholder participation, responsiveness to users and individual needs, and efficient social service delivery, while preserving equity among the different groups in a society.
  • Knowledge sharing through identification, documentation and exchange of good practices and lessons learned on social service delivery approaches.

For more information about our relevant project references, please click here.

Mental Health & Well-Being

The way that persons with mental disorders are treated by the community defines to a great extent the level of social cohesion for this community. At the same time, mental health is one of the core human values, whereas its respect is among the most important human rights. Service models for mental health related support are constantly being updated, incorporating recent developments, like community based support, de-institutionalisation, decentralisation and utilisation of non-state actors.

In spite of increasing global awareness about mental health issues, effective actions that improve the well-being of the population and support all persons facing mental health problems to re-enter society, increasing resilience and reducing or eliminating exposure to risk factors throughout the lifespan are not yet sufficiently available in many countries. Interventions in place often do not reach the most vulnerable groups. There are also instances where services are not accessible, acceptable, effective and affordable.

KMOP is at the forefront of efforts to implement community-based mental health care in Greece. KMOP has been operating for several years three (3) Care Homes and a Day Care Centre that provide competent, integrated and non-stigmatising mental health services.

Our holistic services aim to empower people with mental health problems and their carers, promote their rights and put an end to their discrimination and stigmatisation.

Group Houses "Alkyonis", "Kalypso" and "Prooptiki"

KMOP runs three Group Houses named Alkyonis and Kalypso (both located in Kapandriti, in the Attica region) and Prooptiki (located in Xylokastro, in the north-eastern region of Peloponnese). All three Group Houses provide user-friendly infrastructures to persons with severe mental disorders that have been referred from public psychiatric hospitals. They also offer comprehensive services aimed at reducing stigma and providing family and community support.

All three Group Houses serve annually approx. 45 individuals, who have some type of chronic mental disorder that impairs their ability to live independently. They are staffed by a multidisciplinary team of specialised personnel (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses etc), providing 24-hour support to the resident beneficiaries through a broad range of rehabilitation and reintegration services. Treatment is offered based on individualised care plans and includes:

  • Medical and psychiatric care
  • Case management
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation through individual and group counseling
  • Social and life skills training
  • Educational and (pre)vocational counseling and support
  • Specialised support services for the residents' families/carers

On top of that, all Group Houses promote community participation and engagement through recreational and social activities, as well as community sensitisation and awareness raising through targeted activities aimed to remove prejudices and lift the stigma attached to mental illness.

Day Care Centre "Ariandne"

Day Care Centre "Ariadne" is located in Piraeus city, in the region of Attica. The Centre offers daytime services and therapy to persons with chronic, but less severe mental disorders. Annually, the Day Care Centre offers services to approx. 35 individuals aged between 20 and 50 years old, who are not capable of independent or partially autonomous living and to their families.

At the Day Care Centre, beneficiaries have access to a range of daytime rehabilitation services oriented towards ensuring opportunities for socialisation, productivity and increased quality of life, but also the prevention of potential relapses.

Provision of services is structured upon individualised care plans (on the basis of individual needs assessment) designed to motivate and encourage the individual to develop his/her skills so as to become a functional member of the community. Based on each beneficiary's individual care needs, services may include the following:

  • Psychosocial support services: individual counselling and therapy, group therapy and family counselling
  • Prevocational activities: recreational activities, drama therapy and art therapy
  • Occupational therapy for persons with mild mental disorders
  • Family support intervention, including family orientation
  • Community participation and engagement activities

For more information about our relevant project references, please click here.

Facilitating the acceptance of migrants & refugees by recipient communities

Migration has been traditionally a very significant parameter, affecting directly the level of social cohesion, both for sending and for receiving communities. Greece and the EU in general has been receiving migrants for the last decades, not only from other continents, but also from European countries – non EU members. This situation has become more intense nowadays because of the recent migration influx.

KMOP is actively engaged in developing tools facilitating the acceptance of migrants and refugees by recipient communities. Our efforts and initiatives come during the phase of the actual assimilation of the migrant population within the community, after having their basic needs covered. This second stage is of paramount importance, since the migrant / refugee should be in a position to live independently and cover their own needs, disengaged from any first response or humanitarian support provided until then.

We try to cultivate the necessary conditions and develop the most appropriate tools that will allow the target group to be part of the community. For this purpose, we use alternative inclusion vehicles, like:

  • Promotion to the labour market, by building basic skills and competences, as well as familiarizing the target group with the particularities of the country context
  • Empowerment of citizenship and development of civic participation models in recipient communities
  • Easing of intercultural & interreligious differences and alleviating phenomena of racism and xenophobia
  • Fostering tolerance and intercommunity dialogue, following a human rights’ approach and respecting diversity

For more information about our relevant project references, please click here.

Active & Healthy Ageing

Ageing is not necessarily a burden and it does not necessarily decrease a person's ability to contribute to society: older people can make valuable and important contributions to society, enjoying a life of high quality. But this depends on treating ageing as an opportunity rather than a burden, taking a so-called 'active ageing approach'.

Active ageing means growing old in good health and as a full member of society, feeling more fulfilled professionally, more independent in the everyday life and more involved as a citizen. Active ageing also means creating an enabling environment for independent living. Health declines with age, but a lot can be done to cope with this decline. Small changes in residential environment can make a big difference to people suffering from various health impairments and disabilities. Active ageing means empowering so that everybody can remain in charge of their own lives as long as possible.

KMOP, in close cooperation with governments, service providers and non-governmental organisations, develops targeted interventions aiming to optimise people's resilience resources and coping capacities as they grow older. Our track record on elderly issues dates back to the late 70s and KMOP's early years of operation.

It includes a broad range of community-based interventions designed to:

  • Ensure older persons' access to essential health and social services through tailor-made community and home-based day care services, providing a pathway to social inclusion.
  • Enable seniors to live in their homes by creating age-friendly physical and social environments through the development and use of innovative ICT-based technologies that encourage active ageing and independent living.
  • Raise awareness on the rights of older people - especially of older women who face higher risks and vulnerabilities - to prevent discrimination, abuse and violence against them.

For more information about our relevant project references, please click here.