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Year 12 Visits KIADA

07 November 2016

In the half term break, I and four other Year 12 IB1 students visited KIADA, the mayor of Athens’ centre for homeless and destitute people near Omonia Square. Our role was to voluntarily give our time to assist in the soup line under the supervision of other adults from the centre, including two priests who represented the church's involvement at the centre. While serving the food we followed health and hygiene regulations regarding food preparation and serving. We were all given different responsibilities. For example, I was handing out pita bread. We handed out approximately 500 cooked meals of spaghetti bolognese, bread, pita bread and dessert to an endless line of community members in need. I observed that the line of people comprised a medley of locals and other nationalities, of both genders and all ages including young children escorted by their parents. Our main contact at the centre was Chryssa Giannopoulou, whom I found to be approachable and friendly yet responsible and energetic. Experiencing this important activity conjured feelings of sympathy and empathy for many of the individuals present but annoyance and frustration at our society. Overall, helping feed these people in need was “food” for my soul.

Andrew Papadopoulos 

Year 12

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