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 at Elefsina

View from the Elefsina camp today, where CHEERing saw 9 moms and babies today, February 17, 2020 including a few new arrivals and some older children wanting to be weighed and measured!

Volunteering in the New Year

I just finished my volunteer-ship for CHEERing in Greece where I spent time in several refugee camps and a women’s shelter in Athens. What a privilege it was for me to work with the wonderful staff and volunteers- all who had a lot of passion and heart. And I learned so much from the refugees…

A warm welcome to our newest team members!

CHEERing has new team members on board in Athens – welcome Mariam and Paige! We are always looking for volunteers and need people from late May through the summer.  We prefer those with a health background, or who can speak Arabic or Farsi. Our minimum requirement is a 1 month stay. Interested? Email us at…

Reflections from a volunteer

During my time in Greece, I worked for CHEERing, a non-profit in Athens operating in refugee camps and shelters, focused on direct breastfeeding support and other preventive health care measures for refugee families, as well as training for other NGOs.  It has been difficult to answer the common question, “How was it??” asked on my…

CHEERing Holiday Fundraiser!

Our CHEERing Holiday Fundraiser has officially finished, and, thanks to your help, we raised over $2200!!  We want to say a huge thank you to all those who donated and shared the fundraiser – your contributions are invaluable in helping us pursue and expand our work. If you would still like to donate, you can…

Grow Gifts for moms and babies

In this giving season, CHEERing and Welcome Foundation have teamed up to launch Grow Gifts for moms at the Elna Maternity Center in Athens. When Elna welcomes a new baby, or when babies hit milestones like their 1st tooth appearing, or starting solids at 6 months, CHEERing now delivers age appropriate health-promoting gifts like a…

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…