By Evie Andreou
CHILDREN should return to school in September with hope, the “Hope for Children” organisation said on Wednesday at the launch of its third annual “Back to school with Hope” campaign.
The campaign, organised with the support of the Andrey & Julia Dashin’s Foundation, is part of the “Eradicating Child Poverty in Cyprus” programme and aims at offering school supplies to low-income families.
Last year, more than 1800 students in need of school supplies benefited from the campaign, said Antonis Stylianou, a member of the senior advisory board.
The campaign will be ongoing from August to January 2016 and members of the public may take school supplies – schoolbags new or used but in good condition, stationery or other relevant items – to one of the collection stations located island wide.
Alina Nabieva, managing director of Andrey & Julia Dashin’s Foundation, that donated €5,500 to the campaign, said that they are delighted to support this charity initiative for the second year.
“School years are probably the most influential years in a child’s social and cultural development. This is why we chose to work towards this goal together, and make the school year begin in a special way – equally for all our children,” Nabieva said.
Commissioner for volunteerism and non-governmental organisations, Yiannis Yiannaki, congratulated and thanked ‘Hope for Children’ and its partners for the initiative.
“Public awareness and everyone’s contribution is significant and necessary in order to be able to properly equip our children in need,” he said.
Thanasis Argyrou, operations manager of DHL Express Cyprus, which will undertake the transfer of all school supplies, said this is an effort to eliminate educational inequality.
Collection boxes can be found at the DHL offices, Mavromatis bookstores, Famous Sports stores, The Classic Hotel, the American Academy, the GC School of Careers, the Grammar School Nicosia, Little Stars Montessori Nursery School, the School of Fine Arts Agaia, Pingu’s English Center, Extreme Park playground, Eleon Leisure Park, Komanetsi Aquatic and Fitness Centre, and Jellybean children’s clothing store.
Companies or institutions wanting to participate in the campaign, can call Hope for Children at 96 317873 or 22 103234