KMOP – which translates to Family & Childcare Centre – is a Greek non-profit organization with more than 35 years of field-based experience in providing integrated support services for various groups at risks. Based in Athens, KMOP has managed to establish during the last decades a strong presence not only in Greece (Attica, Central Macedonia, East Macedonia and Thrace, Peloponnese, Central Greece and Thessaly) but also internationally (Kosovo, Egypt, FYROM, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kyrgyz Republic etc.), focusing primarily on underprivileged areas and regions.
Goals & objectives
KMOP’s main goal and vision is to contribute to making a positive difference in the lives of socially vulnerable groups, bringing about sustainable improvements in their lives. KMOP’s objectives include:
- Stimulate the full integration and active participation of disadvantaged groups;
- Combat social exclusion and promote social cohesion and equality;
- Enhance the wellbeing of vulnerable groups in a sustainable manner by strengthening their capacities and increasing their access to resources;
- Raise awareness on social policy issues;
In its effort to meet the above objectives, KMOP has developed over the years a number of small and large scale actions and interventions pertaining to social welfare and health, employability and human rights protection, scientific research and the development of know-how in social policy issues. KMOP’s operational model combines fieldwork with consulting approach, so that implemented activities have an integrated character for maximizing the benefit for the target groups. These target groups include:
- Mentally ill and disabled people;
- Long term unemployed and low-skilled individuals;
- Victims of violence and trafficking;
- Children and youth facing difficult situations;
- Families facing various challenges, in particular one-parent families;
- Migrants, asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors.
KMOP employs more than 80 professionals, in-house, most of who have advanced degrees and several years of practical experience. Its staff has varied educational backgrounds and skills, constituting a rich mix of sociologists, social policy analysts, specialists in public health and education, psychologists, economists, jurists and political scientists. In addition to the permanent staff, the organization also cooperates with external specialists and academic institutions on a regular basis for projects and training programmes.
Moreover, KMOP maintains a wide network of international experts in social and employability related areas of expertise. These experts allow KMOP to undertake also technical assistance projects mainly for developing countries, funded by international donors (the European Commission, the World Bank etc.). KMOP’s experts have been engaged in such technical assistance projects in many countries, mainly in Europe (i.e. Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYROM), Asia (i.e. Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan) and Africa (i.e. Egypt, Namibia).
KMOP is following international trends in its areas of interest by cooperating with other organizations and institutions at European level. For this purpose, KMOP is a member of international and national networks, like the confederation of family Organizations in the European Union (COFACE), the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) and the Greek Network for Combating Poverty. Furthermore, KMOP has established collaborations with NGOs, Universities and other organizations in a number of European countries and in Asia.
For more information about KMOP, please visit our website: www.kmop.gr
KMOP Short Description
KMOP, which translates to Family and Childcare Centre, has more than 35 years of accumulated experience in the provision of services to disadvantaged groups. Apart from direct provision of services through decentralized community based facilities KMOP is also actively involved in both national and EU/international projects addressing social issues particularly focusing on low-skilled youth and long term unemployed, victims of violence and trafficking, disabled, elderly, migrants and minorities.