The humanitarian work of the Ark of the World has crossed the borders of Athens. Father Antonios, the soul of the effort, is in the border municipality of Pogoni, Ioannina, where he finalized an agreement with city officials for a branch of the group in the region, while he discussed the prospect of the operation of an agricultural school.
The Mayor of Pogoni, Kostas Kapsalis, speaking to the news agency AMNA, said that the old Latsis schools will be used and he added that the following year, 50 children from all over Greece will be the students of the Ark’s primary school, which will operate there.
He said the effort will use volunteers who have already embraced the project. He also added that in the future, the municipal authority will grant a large area, for the practical training of the students of the Agricultural School.
The Ark of the World is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1998 by Father Antonios, with the aim of taking care of poor Greek and immigrant street children, coming from single-parent families (often single mothers), with the highest percentage of mothers being drug users and/or alcoholics.
The ultimate goal of the association is to provide social and psychological support, as well as job placement to mothers, so that they can become financially independent and able to raise and care for their children, thus avoiding the institutionalization of the children. The group supports 150 women annually, while offering a multitude of services to 300 children aged 0 to 18, namely three meals per day, classes and help with homework in all basic school subjects, psychological support, and medical and dental services.