WE CARE ABOUT GREECE
Due to the recent financial crisis in Greece, many Greeks have found them
selves in dire times with many becoming unemployed and losing their houses and
security. The healthcare and social / welfare infrastructure is collapsing with
the situation predicted to become much worse in the future as more government
austerity measures kick-in. The Greek people have experienced a catastrophic
fall in their standard of living that is hard for most of us in the West to
imagine. For many ordinary Greeks, survival is becoming a critical issue with
increasing numbers becoming destitute and living on the streets. And remember,
these are people who enjoyed the same level of security, income and lifestyle
as we do. Just imagine who we’d feel if this was happening to us!
Over the past months I have become increasingly alarmed to experience
Greek society slowly collapsing. This is both terrifying and very sad.
“My name is Ariadne WesterKamp. I am a Greek citizen. I am one of the
lucky ones; so far. I still have a job, a house and money to buy food – for the
time being at least.
The only treasure I have is my love for and my abilities in music.
I realised that I had to do something about this situation; do whatever
I could using my contacts to help out in some way.
It occurred to me that I had many contacts on Twitter who were
musicians. Gradually, the idea of producing several musical pieces and/or songs
on the theme “Greece”
as a fundraising project began to form. Following on from this I began to ask
my fellow musicians on Twitter if they would be willing to donate their time
and skills to the project to help me produce a range of music in different
There are several organizations within Greece that are battling against
huge challenges to try and bring some small relief to this situation.
The Greek Orthodox Church with their wide network of churches in both
rural and urban districts are feeding millions of people by supplying one warm
meal each day. Currently, each church feeds around 400 people but the demand is
still rising and the Church is finding it increasingly difficult to support
Other partners for collaboration are “EPAM-Hellas”, an originally more
political organization of solidary citizens that provides essential goods and
food to poor families along with offering medical help for free (medical
services and supplies are collapsing fast in Greece). "Doctors of the World" are increasingly not only helping immigrants but Greeks as well.
“To hamogelo tou paidiou” (= the
smile of the child) that supports children and their family financially,
psychologically and medically,- “Doctors without borders”, who give medical
help free of charge for anyone, and “Theophilos”, a charity organization that is specialized to support big families who -especially in the villages- live in dire circumstances. http://theophilos.gr
It is our aim to fundraise €10.000 every month for food and medical
help. This is an ambitious goal and we need all the help and support we can
From September 2012 every month we’ll release a musical piece, available on youtube ( https://www.youtube.com/user/Musiccareaboutgreece
) that will
be promoted online on facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/groups/WeCareAboutGreece/
) to fundraise for the benefit of the poorest Greek people.
The money will go directly to the organizations mentioned above and will be
used for food and medical care.
As a reward one can download the songs from our Vimeo website: https://vimeo.com/user13625348
Of course it is also possible to go straight to the websites of these organizations and donate!
We thank all the musicians and other artists and organizers for their
time and efforts to make this to a success.