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Project Elpis

 

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Join the American Hellenic Council, the Basil P. Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies, Hellenic University Club, AHEPA District 20, and Greek Heritage Society for a free public screening of the award-winning documentary film, Agora: From Democracy to the Market. The screening will take place on Saturday, December 5th at 6:00 PM at St. Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles. Audiences will also get a chance to hear from our special guest, Dr. Theodoros Giannaros, Director of the Elpis Hospital.

Admission is free and food and drinks will be served. To RSVP please click here to fill out the form or call us at (323) 651-3507

 

About this Event: 

Our efforts are intended to raise public awareness about the dire situation in Greece, and in acting, organize a community response. The event aims to raise funds to help support a hospital that has been at the forefront of helping those in need: Elpis based in Athens.

You will also get a chance to hear directly from the Director of the Elpis Hospital, our special guest, Dr. Theodoros Giannaros.

 

Why This Film?

Too often, the stories and faces of ordinary Greek citizens who have been placed in this unfortunate predicament are lost in the headlines and statistics.  Agora: From Democracy to the Market, is an award-winning documentary by film-maker Yorgos Avgeropoulos that gives audiences a first-hand account of what the last four years were like for Greece. The film is unique in that it documents the extent to which every facet of public life in Greece– including the public health sector– has changed from 2010-2014. This film is being screened solely because of its thoroughness in assessing the Greek financial crisis from multiple political and socioeconomic angles. Additionally, it is the most up-to-date piece on the situation in Greece thus far.

 


About Project Elpis: 

The Athens-based Elpis Hospital is facing a multifaceted crisis. As an institution that serves all individuals, regardless of their medical coverage, Elpis is in an especially difficult situation. The financial downturn in Greece has created a logistical nightmare for the hospital. No longer on the payroll, personnel volunteer their time to care for the needy. Reports of shortages of medical supplies are becoming increasingly widespread. Resources intended for medical research are allocated elsewhere, and patients are often checked out prematurely to ensure that the growing number of indigents receive some medical attention.

We cannot standby as countless people feel the personal pinch of austerity on their every day lives. The objective of this project is to raise as much money as possible to purchase medical supplies and equipment for the trouble-ridden hospital. Every penny makes a difference, so please do your part and make a difference peoples’ lives today!

 

ELPIS

 

Imagine a situation in which the economic and political woes of your country are so severe, that basic services cease to function as they should. Imagine a time so riddled with uncertainty, that even those whom we turn to with our questions are unable to provide any meaningful answers. We often take for granted the certainty and stability that allows us to live and plan our lives as we see fit. In other parts of the world, however, many people are having a hard time finding the medical, financial and moral support that they need.

There is no question that the current crisis in Greece has had a negative impact on virtually every facet of public life. Strict austerity measures and budget cuts have targeted institutions such as schools and financial services, even temporarily taking down the Greek Public Broadcaster, ERT, with it. However, nowhere is the pain of austerity felt so strongly as it is in hospitals throughout the country.

Greece’s caretakers and medical providers often suffer from insurmountable stress due to the little resources available at their disposal. Doctors have had to turn away several patients or facilitate their departure prematurely due to growing waiting lists. The economic downturn has produced an entire class of providers and patients who are reaping the disastrous consequences of the current financial situation. As a result, suicides have increased significantly since 2010, and many medical institutions are reporting a lack of proper materials such as sanitation, soap, sheets, and other necessities one would find in a medical office.

 

This scenario is a part of everyday life for the entire staff at Athens’s Elpis Hospital. Featured in the documentary film Agora, the Elpis has beared the brunt of these crippling budget cuts. The burden of being unable to provide for the sick has lead to heart attacks, widespread depression, and suicides. Housing 220 beds, the hospital can barely keep up with the increased workload the recent crisis has brought about. Many of its personnel have not been paid for months and are running the entire operation out of the kindness of their hearts, as volunteers. Elpis is unique in that it is one of the few hospitals in Athens to provide medical treatment for the uninsured, a growing demographic due to burdens placed on the Greek economy.

We cannot stand by idly as hundreds of thousands of people lose access to basic medical necessities. Machinery and supplies are scarce, yet necessary to perform essential medical procedures. In these trying times, it is critical that humanitarian and medical services be the least affected. Despite the fact that the many hospitals in Greece are experiencing similar difficulties, Elpis’s insistence on the difficult task of caring for everyone, regardless of their status makes this Athens-based hospital especially in need of support.

Thus, our objective is to raise money to purchase supplies and equipment for the Elpis Hospital in Greece. Please consider making a contribution to this noble cause, and make a difference in the lives of the growing number of indigent citizens throughout Greece who are in dire need of medical attention and services.

 

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