For the past 32 years, Doctors of the World (MdM) Greece has been committed to combating inequalities and breaking down social barriers to accessing health services both in Greece and abroad. For the past year, Doctors of the World Greece has focused on Ukraine, both by providing humanitarian aid and operating a mobile medical unit at the Romanian border. With their mobile medical unit, they have been able to give first aid, basic health services and information to people on the move.
"The mutual trust, long-time partnership and shared values with the Grants mean that we can cooperate to solve common challenges as they arise."
Hara Tziouvara - President of Doctors of the World Greece
Doctors of the World Greece with the European Citizen's Prize. © Arnar Númi Sigurðarson
The Save the Children organisation has also been offering support to the people of Ukraine since the start of the war. The organisation has been providing everything from basic food products and blankets to emotional support and translation. Their speedy response ensured that people fleeing the country could get basic assistance - and the proper preparation for seeking asylum abroad.
The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation representative Corinne Vella along with Vice President of the European Parliament, Dita Charanzová © European Parliament Multimedia Centre
Following the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation was born as a response against a rule of law crisis and corruption in Malta. The project led a public inquiry into her murder, and continues furthering international human rights and the rule of law. The project also fights for transparency and accountability of public bodies. Thanks to their important work, the foundation has seen many litigation victories for human rights, the protection of journalists, and access to information. The project continues to work to promote public interest journalism, the rule of law, accountability, and ending impunity.
"The support of the Grants has enabled us to further our work by establishing a litigation network, the first of its kind in Malta, to ensure meaningful change for as many citizens as possible."
Corinne Vella - The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation's Project
Hospiss has created a hospice care team that provides wellbeing for terminally ill patients. The team consists of a medical doctor, a nurse, care workers, volunteers and other specialists that are added to the team as necessary. Through many different activities like a friends’ club, a “Death Café”, and a regular food club, the projects provides an interesting and varied community for people approaching the end of their life.
SOLIDARNA was created as a response to the large earthquake that hit Croatia in December 2020. All funds raised are directed to socially vulnerable victims and those who need it the most. Already, the project has provided 51 housing containers and equipped 33 more. The foundation places an emphasis on building houses that can withstand strong earthquakes, ensuring that tragedies like these don't repeat themselves. Their financial donations have given 527 vulnerable families financial stability. In total, more than 1,200 families received assistance - and all that with six employees.
Legal Network for the Protection of Democracy team with their award. © Arnar Númi Sigurðarson
At the start of the pandemic, Slovenians had to face disproportionately high fines for public activities (most often intended to intimidate and to curb criticism). The Legal Network stepped in to rebuild trust in the law. Within a year, this network of NGOs, with which more than 50 lawyers are cooperating in Slovenia has become one of the most recognisable organisations working with rule of law in Slovenia. Projects in Poland and Hungary have even been created in its image, in cooperation with the Legal Network.
“The prize symbolizes the importance placed on democracy, rule of law, and the watchdog role of civil society both at national and European level. However, a long term EU strategy for civil society is needed, including regular and independent funding that allows long term work on European values by civil society."
Katarina Bervar Sternad - Director of the Legal Network for the Protection of Democracy
We would like to congratulate the winners for this achievement. All these projects reaffirm that the EEA and Norway Grants projects are showcasing real results that are making a difference in the beneficiary states. Receiving this award is a recognition of the quality of projects the EEA and Norway Grants strives for - and we're proud of that.
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