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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Cyprus 2017
The organization ‘Hope For Children’ (HFC) and CRC Policy Center protects and promotes the rights of children in Cyprus and worldwide. Their current major project is the shelter for unaccompanied minors.
The major motivation in creating ‘Home For Hope’ was the vast need for an infrastructure in support of unaccompanied minors in Cyprus, as the refugee crisis has been constantly increasing on a global level. Due to the sizable amount of resources and energy that would be spent in establishing this project, finding the right solution was very important.
As a solution, they provide unaccompanied minors with a set of holistic services that includes psychological, social and legal support in addition to educational and integration support. They implemented regular educational workshops which will shape and integrate an environmentally sensitive and aware group of young people. Internal procedures minimized not only the organizations economic resources, but foremost minimized the general emission/energy/waste that this infrastructure would sustain and thus consume.
As an innovation they created a sustainable living environment for the children. Solar photovoltaic panels are used as a renewable energy regarding the protection of the environment by minimizing energy consumption. They established procedures for recycling of materials such as plastic, paper, clothing, cooking oil, e-waste and finally used construction materials and take them to green points. A 550 m2 fully functional garden provides them with fruit trees and vegetables for the daily meals. Special emphasis is given to the education of the children on practices regarding sustainable living and respect of the environment.
The protection of children is as ever of the utmost importance. The benefit of this project for the children attending the shelter, is that it improves their quality of life while raising awareness within their social groups. All children accommodated in the ‘Home For Hope’ are made aware of the unceasing efforts of the organization in regards to the sustainability of the planet. Congratulations on your initiative!