What we do: Grow Clinics, breastfeeding support, public health and football

CHEERing provides a broad range of preventive care services and referrals in partnership with refugee populations internationally. Our Grow Clinics support mothers and babies in camps and shelters in greater Athens, and in Afghanistan. Each week we weigh, measure, and track infant growth, as well as supporting breastfeeding. We do preventive health screening for large…

Who we are:

CHEERing is an ISO certified, Greek-registered international NGO dedicated to improving maternal child health and promoting preventive health in refugee populations, and a collaborator with CHEER in the USA. We provide direct support in refugee camps and the community; training for agencies, evaluation, and monitoring. We also operate CHEERing Afghanistan, a program supporting breastfeeding, prenatal…

CHEERing receives inaugural funding from Boston University’s Center on Forced Displacement

The Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research (CHEER) has received a seed grant from the Boston University Center on Forced Displacement (CFD) to support CHEERing’s international refugee work in greater Athens, Greece. This inaugural funding signifies the university’s investment in our international work. CHEERing Executive Director and Founder Anne Merewood MPH, PhD, affiliated faculty…

Heat for Herat

It’s cold and bleak right now in Afghanistan, especially for women and girls, but CHEERing’s Grow Clinic provides ongoing hope and warmth – literally – for many families in Herat. Stichting Salaam came to the rescue after seeing our photos of children and families freezing in our Clinic and classroom, and contributed 300E to buy…

Breastfeeding Grand Rounds

CHEERing Director Anne Merewood presented with colleague Camie Goldhammer in December 2022, on decreasing racial disparities in breastfeeding, for the New York State Department of Health in Albany New York. The presentation is an annual event together with the University at Albany School of Public Health, and attracts a live audience of over 1000.

Cooking in Harmony with Project Armonia

CHEERing recently teamed up with the NGO Project Armonia to provide nourishing meals and cooking classes to refugee children. Project Armonia supplies hot meals to 120 CHEERing football players every week, and once each week, 20 of our players visit their kitchen to cook, cause chaos, and eat great food! The cooking classes are followed…

Shukran, Stichting Salaam!

CHEERing’s football players are scoring goals with happier feet – thanks to Rahma Hulsman and her team from Stichting Salaam in the Netherlands. Rahma and her colleagues returned to Athens in a characteristic whirl of energy last week, and promptly bought 37 pairs of new football shoes for our older players here. They even sent…

We <3 screening for heart health

Last night, the CHEERing team screened 40 of our young footballers for cardiac (heart) health. This included checking footballers’ heart rates and rhythm and the electrical activity of their hearts using ECG. This work is supported by the Barca Foundation. CHEERing conducts health screenings to ensure preventive health and provide direct support in refugee camps…

Thank you!

CHEERing would like to thank you YouBeHero for their recent 75E donation to CHEERing. Every time you shop with a YouBeHero partner, you can opt to support CHEERing and YouBeHero will make a contribution at not cost to you! Partners include booking.com and e-fresh. If the YouBeHero donate link shows up when you’re buying please…

Football feet at our Athens training site

Thanks to Eirinie and her crew from Acupuncturists without Borders, CHEERing’s football team enjoyed foot massage and reflexology at the Renti training ground in Athens this week. As part of CHEERing’s Barca Foundation-funded Futbolnet program, Football Fit provides preventive health screening, dental referrals, nutrition support and other basic public health interventions to help our players…

CHEERing presents at APHA!

Former CHEERing volunteers Mariam and Charlie presented two sessions at the American Public Health Association conference this week in Boston, while CHEER, our parent center in Boston, USA, presented on our work in Mississippi, breastfeeding, and health equity. Dr Mariam Jaffer hosted a round table about COVID vaccination uptake in a population of refugees in…