What we do: Direct service

CHEERing provides direct service every week at several refugee camps in the Attika region, in collaboration with other non-profit organizations, and intensive support at the Elna Maternity Center in central Athens. Each week we weigh, measure, and track growth in babies, and offer support to mothers of young infants. We also provide sessions for refugee…

What we do: Professional training

Training of agencies, including medical professionals and volunteers who work daily with refugee populations, is key to preventing infant health problems. If you would like us to train your organization, please contact us at CHEERinGreece@cheering.eu . We also present at professional and academic conferences.

CHEERing Holiday Fundraiser!

This winter holiday season, we are hoping you might take a minute to help support our CHEERing holiday fundraiser. You can find the fundraiser at this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/cheering-holiday-fundraiser?teamInvite=fWbgaLTgRdS6Z754LSQn0I8S5GMRh4qW6cnfOYjufOthe2HSvGOvapeoAoRynX95.  Every day, we are tackling infant nutrition training and support on the front lines of the Greek refugee crisis. As we pursue our work, we see first-hand the…

First Aid Training at Skaramagas camp

CHEERing held a First Aid Training at Skaramagas camp with the help of the Danish Refugee Council today, November 28th. Over cookies and tea, we went over many basic first aid subjects, including bleeding, burns, panic attacks, and more! The attendees were engaged and had many questions. The training lasted an hour longer than planned,…

CHEERing at the 14th Breastfeeding Seminar at Attikon Hospital!

Many thanks to the Attikon Baby-Friendly Hospital in Athens for inviting us to speak at their 14th annual conference on breastfeeding. CHEERing presented on the refugee-related work we have been doing along with 2 special CHEERing guests who talked about their work promoting and supporting breastfeeding to their peers. We were also honored to be…

Training with Solidarity Now

On November 21, CHEERing held a training and discussion at the Athens offices of Solidarity Now, with the coordinators of the women friendly spaces from Andravida, Elefsina, Eleonas, Malakasa, Oinofyta, Thermopyles, and Thiva refugee camps. What a delightful group of enthusiastic and energetic young women at this Greek NGO! We also visited the SN space…

Training on Samos

Thanks to Help Refugees, Indigo Volunteers, and the staff and volunteers at Glocal Roots – We Are One for hosting our infant feeding training at the We Are One Woman and Babies Center on Samos. A packed, intense evening, with, we hope, lots more collaboration to come! We are providing training and support for 2…

14th Breastfeeding Seminar at Attikon Hospital

CHEERing’s Director Anne Merewood will be presenting at the 14th Breastfeeding Seminar by the University of Athens. Topic for discussion is “Breastfeeding among Refugees in Greece: Strategies for Managing an Infant Feeding Crisis”. There will be special surprise guests! Watch this space!

CHEERing presents at APHA

CHEERing’s National Director in Greece, Airinie Azhar, presented this week about the situation in Greek refugee camps around infant feeding, at the American Public Health Association meeting in Philadelphia, USA. APHA is one of the biggest public health organizations in the world, and their annual conference attracts thousands of attendees. To read the presentation abstract,…

CHEERing’s rapid response work

With the recent influx of refugees to the islands and from the islands to the mainland, pregnant women and families with infants are often moved ‘en masse’ to new sites which are not always immediately equipped to help them. CHEERing’s emergency response team can conduct emergency assessments of babies’ nutritional status, and advise on supplemental…

CHEERing joins Social Dynamo!

CHEERing has been chosen to take part in the Bodossaki Foundation’s Social Dynamo program! Social Dynamo offers training, professional support and networking to NGOs and is a collaborative initiative between the Bodossaki Foundation and the City of Athens Municipality. CHEERing’s Director in Greece, Airinie Azhar, will represent our NGO at weekly sessions throughout the winter,…