What we do: Training and direct service

CHEERing offers training on Infant Feeding in Emergencies to organizations working with refugees in Greece. CHEERing also provides ongoing direct service to refugees 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…

Who we are:

CHEERing is an ISO certified, Greek-registered NGO dedicated to improving maternal child health and promoting preventive health in refugee populations. We provide direct support in refugee camps and shelters; training for agencies, including medical professionals and volunteers who work daily with refugee populations, and evaluation and monitoring. For more information, please contact us at CHEERinGreece@cheering.eu…

We are first responders!

CHEERing is in the process of certifying our team as emergency responders. Today, ED Anne Merewood; Peer Counselor Farzana Hakimi, and volunteer extraordinaire Danni Scales completed their Greek-government recognized training (and had a lot of fun doing it!)

Support girls’ soccer in the camps

Welcome to CHEERing’s latest program: CHEERing STARS: Soccer Teams and Refugee Solidarity. In late July we began coaching girls’ soccer with kids from Malakasa 1, and were overwhelmed by the response. On day one, 16 girls turned up despite super hot temperatures, and ran us into the ground. Malakasa 1 is blessed with great residents…

CHEERing featured in ENN guidelines!

CHEERing is featured in a brand new publication from the Emergency Nutrition Network – Operational Guidance: Breastfeeding Counselling in Emergencies. The Guidance, commissioned by the WHO, provides practical and supportive information to organizations working with mothers and babies in emergency settings. CHEERing contributed a Case Study about a female refugee and her infant from the…

Elna CHEERing clinic updates

It’s been a while in the making, but CHEERing has renovated the clinic at Elna Maternity Center, where we see moms and babies every week to check in on breastfeeding, baby growth and nutrition. We’ve added new cabinets, sorted and catalogued all the medicines, trained families and peers in first aid and over-the-counter medicine use,…

CHEERing at Malakasa

As you can see in the photo, there’s a huge need for parents to get their babies weighed and measured at the camps, as many do not get regular pediatric care. CHEERing is collaborating with FoodKIND at Malakasa camp 40km north of Athens to provide this service every week. Knowing how much baby weighs, and…

CHEERing student wins grant funding

Joanna Papadakis, currently a student at Cornell University in the USA, has won a 2021 Projects for Peace award to work with CHEERing in the summer of 2021. Her Project Eλευθερία (Project Freedom) will help CHEERing and their partners, the Elna Maternity Center, to renovate the CHEERing clinic at Elna, and will provide the basis…

CHEERing at MSF Paediatric Days Conference

CHEERing’s poster about our work in Greek refugee camps was named one of the top ten posters at the Medicins Sans Frontiers/Doctors Without Borders international conference in April 2021.

CHEERingMeds Project

Using the expertise of our qualified pharmacist, ERASMUS student Rana Sabreen, CHEERing collaborated with Elna Maternity Center to count, list, and ultimately redistribute extra and close-to-expiry donated medications. Using the GivMed network, we have already given out medicines to MVI, and many Greek community centers in need.

CHEERing collaborates with CRIBS!

CHEERing loves to collaborate with other NGOs. Here’s our ERASMUS student Marina donating a box of baby clothes to CRIBS International, which houses mothers and babies in Athens apartments.