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Our Cause: The Smile of the Child

We all know and talk about children on the streets who can’t smile. They cannot smile because they don’t have money, toys, or food and some of them do not even have parents. Just think and leave all the talking behind: let’s unite and give whatever we can to poor children, white and black. They are all children and deserve a smile. This association will be called: ‘The Smile of the Child’. Let’s all come together to help, together we can accomplish it.”
From founder Andreas’ diary, November 1995

These words written by 10-year-old Andreas Yannopoulos, while suffering from terminal cancer, expressed his wish to establish an organization that would protect children irrespective of their color, race, religion, nationality, or socio-economic status.

The Smile of the Child was established in 1996 and is a voluntary, non-profit child welfare organization based in Athens, Greece. Since then, the Association has expanded to meet the serious problems of children in-need living in Greece. Through its varied services, The Smile of the Child protects children’s rights and provides them with emotional and psychological support. For more information on the programs of the organization, click here.

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