Annual Report of Activities 2019

John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation

“No one is entitled to commendation or praise when fulfilling one’s fundamental duty towards one’s homeland and fellow man.”

John Latsis

2019 in numbers

~100,000 individuals benefited directly from initiatives funded by the Foundation in the areas of:

6 collaborative initiatives were implemented with 20 Greek and foreign charitable foundations with the aim:

132 non-profit organisations and institutions received grants for their activities

9 job positions in civil society organisations were funded by the Foundation

46,121 individuals benefited from donations to healthcare services providers

5,801 individuals were supported by social protection and inclusion programmes

27,703 students and 1,310 educators participated in diverse educational activities

167 scholarships were awarded to young students at all levels of education

6,843 individuals benefited from initiatives supported by the Foundation in the area of Arts and Culture

11,170 individuals visited the Neraida Floating Museum among which 1,964 students, who participated in the Museum’s educational programme

Education & Science

The Foundation seeks to improve the quality of educational process through targeted activities, as well as to enhance access to education via the provision of scholarships. In the field of Science, the main goal is, among other things, to support the research activity of young scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

“Learning Together” Programme

The “Learning Together” programme is an initiative of the Latsis Foundation which has been running since 2013 and is aimed at public kindergartens as well as primary schools of general and special educational focus. The programme’s primary goal is to upgrade and enrich the educational process with innovative experiential activities, ultimately aiming at enhancing the creativity developed during their implementation.

Each cycle of the programme had a different geographic targeting per school year. It started from schools in the Greek islands and the programme was expanded to school units in the country’s mainland border regions. Then, the programme was implemented in kindergartens and primary schools in Central and Western Greece, the Peloponnese, and Crete, while school units from the Directorates of Primary Education of A’ Athens, Piraeus, East Attica and West Attica followed. For the last 2 years, the programme obtained nationwide reach through the participation of schools from all the regions of the country.

The 2018-2019 school year was the programme’s last implementation cycle. With the Foundation’s support, teachers carried out educational activities for sixth consecutive year on a variety of thematic areas, such as robotics, science, mythology, the environment, theatre, local history and cultural heritage.

January – June 2019

20 activities were carried out in schools from 16 different regions of the country. A short film, an augmented reality game, an in-school folklore museum and a vegetable garden are just some of the creations of the students participating in the programme under their teachers’ guidance.

The students’ participation and response to the educational activities were very enthusiastic. The experiential nature of the activities provided students and teachers with the opportunity to interact in a particularly creative manner and contributed to the empowerment of the students’ personality and self-esteem, thus achieving one of the key objectives of the programme.

“The opportunity provided by the John Latsis Public Benefit Foundation encouraged the children to become engaged in alternative creative activities in a technological field that goes beyond the narrow, established boundaries of object creation. The children can now implement a variety of 3D printing applications; it started from the creation of a model of some city blocks, enriched with elements of the environment (trees, streets, sidewalks, park, cars) and continued with the creation of useful objects, ornaments, toys or simulation objects. At the same time, they began to realise the need to break down complex problems into individual simpler problems that are easier to be solved.

Giannis Magalios, 21st Primary School of Larissa

Coordinator of the educational activity entitled “City model by a 3D printer with the use of renewable energy sources”

“The activity has had a major impact in terms of the integration of students with handicaps into the school environment and the joint teaching of hearing and hearing-impaired students. Implementing the activity in a school environment dominated by diversity (religious, cultural, social, etc.) promoted cooperation and brought together students who would never cooperate with each other under different circumstances.”

Eugenia Kafetzi, Primary School of Mikro Evmoiro, Xanthi

Coordinator of the educational activity entitled “Taking a Stroll by the Vistonida Lakeside”


“I Care & Act” Programme

During the 2018-2019 school year, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation supported the “I Care and Act” programme. Within the framework of the programme, many students had the opportunity to cultivate the values of volunteering, solidarity and selfless giving through innovative experiential activities. The programme is implemented by DESMOS and Lambrakis Foundation, which has undertaken the design, development, coordination and management of the project.

“I Care and Act” was implemented in all levels of education and all types of schools across Greece and consisted of the planning and implementation of experiential learning activities by teachers and students. The programme provided teachers, students and their families with supportive educational material free of charge through the programme’s website and the activities were coordinated through training seminars and ongoing face-to-face and remote support.

One of the programme’s major characteristics is the implementation of experiential learning as an educational method. The combination of theoretical teaching and experiential learning contributes decisively to the adoption of social service and volunteering as a way of life, since students get the satisfaction and feeling of capability to influence their environment positively through the activities that they themselves plan and implement. At the same time, the programme’s collaborative nature promotes the development of productive synergies through the partnership of several institutions of civil society

and teaches students the value of cooperation in practice. Overall, the programme provides the youth with appropriate stimuli and tools to become active and responsible citizens, while having the opportunity to obtain new experiences and develop new skills.

During the 2018-2019 school year, students and teachers developed volunteering and social service activities, including preparing/cooking meals and offering them to the ones in need, taking care of stray animals, visiting Care Centres for the Elderly and inspiriting the residents, cleaning beaches and groves, collaborating with refugee children and experiencing crosscultural interaction, taking initiatives to improve accessibility issues of people with mobility problems in their neighbourhood or city, creating a community library, etc..

“The support of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation has been instrumental in the success of the “I Care and Act” programme. Together, we managed to inspire 14,152 students throughout Greece this year, creating waves of positive change! The education and values that will be implanted in students today will determine the quality of the citizens that our society will consist of in the future. This is why we are dedicated in creating active and responsible citizens that care and act for the common good. We are all proud because the positive results of “I Care and Act” prove its success in affecting teachers, students and local communities in terms of changing their approach toward life, and through experiential voluntary activities it cultivates a shift toward focusing on our fellow citizens.”

Ekavi Valleras

Director of Strategic Planning, DESMOS


Children's Drawing Competition & “Together at the Museum” Programme

The Foundation supported the educational activities of the Museum of Cycladic Art (MCA) that commenced in September 2019, and more specifically the children’s drawing competition that is being held for 7th consecutive year and the programme "Together at the Museum” which is aimed at children with learning and developmental disabilities.

The children's drawing competition titled “Ι ΑΜ... How I see myself”, which started in October 2019, invited children aged 4-15 to introduce themselves to the world as they see themselves or as they dream of seeing themselves in a mirror. The competition's protagonist was a Cypriot bronze mirror, dating to 1200-1050 BC, which is displayed on the 3rd floor of the Museum as part of the exhibition “Cyprus – Ancient Art and Culture”. The children were asked to draw inspiration from this object and create their own works of art which will become the new exhibits of the Museum.

The winners of the contest will be selected in 2020 by the jury established by the Museum and the awards will be given in a special event at the Museum’s premises. The exhibition will contain the works of the winners, the runners up, as well as a large number of other submissions, and will follow a multi-sensory approach through screenings and sound installations.

The “Together at the Museum” programme was launched in 2016 and offers a range of free workshops for children and adolescents from 5 to 17 years old; it aims to encourage communication and their socialisation. In the workshops, playing becomes a medium of the participants’ selfexpression and the use of different materials contributes to their sensory adaptation to new stimuli. Various artistic means and processes are introduced as part of the activities, while body movement as an additional instrument for creative collaboration is also discovered. The participants come into contact with the collections of the Museum of Cycladic Art and the world of museums in general, gaining the opportunity to familiarise themselves with cultural institutions.

The following sub-activities were implemented under the “Together at the Museum” programme:

September – December 2019

“Every March we witness with great enthusiasm drawings from children of all ages and the surprise is always the same. Their imagination and spontaneity creates a thousand of unexpected images, with each one of them hiding something of their special world. Every year the jury finds it really difficult to select the competition’s winners, even though in the end, the winners are all the participants and those who are

fortune to visit the exhibition, which is the children’s great gift to us. The children’s drawing competition has become an institution; schools from all over Greece and abroad expect it and astound us with their works.”

Χara Marantidou

Jury Member, Architect/Visual Artist


Technological Upgrade of the “Sphere” and the “Dome” in the GAIA Centre

The GAIA Centre for Environmental Research and Education at the Goulandris Natural History Museum is an innovative scientific research and education centre that was founded in 2001 with the aim to study, preserve and protect the natural environment, as well as to raise visitors’ awareness so that they can become eco-conscious.

The GAIA Centre offers an interactive first acquaintance with the planet, its landscapes, vegetation and animal abundance, as well as the modern human intervention in the environment, through the exhibitions designed in collaboration with the London Natural History Museum which make use of the latest methods of museology and modern technology. The planet comes alive at the Museum’s Atrium through the “Sphere” which forms an integral part of the Museum’s permanent exhibition and displays a variety of geomorphologic aspects of the rotating Earth. This 5-meter-high globally unique construction, which was created specifically for the Goulandris Natural History Museum, presents in a concise and comprehensible manner the planet’s geological evolution from its birth about 4.6 billion years ago until today, the orogenesis process, the impact of Sun on Earth, as well as the effects of human activities on the environment. At the same time, the hemispherical “Dome” that is 7 meters in diameter and has capacity of 25 people is located in the exhibition area and is an entertainment and educational tool, through which hundreds of visitors and particularly schoolchildren are educated daily, with the main goal being the development of environmental awareness.

As part of its strategy to support initiatives aiming at improving the quality of education, the Foundation funded the technological and content upgrade of the “Sphere” and the Dome at the GAIA Centre. The technological upgrade of the “Sphere” will expand its capabilities, as through the advanced display system “Science On a Sphere”, the laser video-projectors and the new content of the datasets that was designed by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (ΝΟΑΑ) in the U.S.A., visitors will have the opportunity to observe many natural phenomena of the planet, for instance the atmospheric circulation, the weather, the earthquakes, the tsunamis, etc. At the same time, the “Dome” will be equipped with new state-of-the-art laser projectors and advanced computers that will offer visitors the opportunity to watch high-quality specially designed dome shows.

“Goulandris National History Museum is the first Museum in our country that established environmental educational programmes, with the aim to shape young people’s ecoconsciousness and form a new code of values based on the harmonious co-existence between human and nature. Thousands of students attend our environmental educational programmes. Particularly, when it comes to the major environmental problem that the global community is facing, i.e. Climate Change, we considered that briefing the next generations is essential in order to address promptly and effectively the Climate Change’s impact.”

Fali Vogiatzaki

Chairman of the Board, Goulandris National History Museum

Postgraduate Scholarship Programme

The John S. Latsis Public Foundation continues supporting the efforts of young people who wish to further their education at a postgraduate level in Greek and foreign academic institutions, regardless of the scientific field, through the implementation of the annual postgraduate scholarships programme.

The evaluation process takes into account a range of criteria; particular emphasis is placed on academic performance, the level of the postgraduate curriculum, the candidates’ educational progress and future pursuits, while their social and economic situation is also taken into account.

“Receiving a scholarship by the Latsis Foundation is a unique opportunity and a considerable challenge at the same time. Studying abroad and particularly in Paris is expensive. This scholarship provided me with the opportunity to devote myself entirely to my postgraduate degree, without having any additional concerns. Furthermore, a great debt of thanks is owed to the Foundation for the support and faith it shows

toward the field of Political Science and International Relations, which are scarce in Greece and should certainly not be taken for granted.”

Panagiotis Moumtsakis

Master in Public Policy, Paris Institute of Political Studies - Sciences Po

Paris, France

“This scholarship has provided both my family and me with important aid and support, enabling me to attend and successfully complete this postgraduate degree. Having already completed the first semester

of studies, it is undeniable that the course’s demanding requirements, including long hours of attendance, numerous assignments and exhaustive studying, require personal effort and complete dedication without any distractions. Given the above, thanks to the scholarship I am able to focus on the programme’s requirements and work hard to achieve the best result possible, without any financial concerns. Attending the specific course, which offers me a high level of knowledge regarding the emerging field of technology regulation and the challenges of today’s technology-driven society, would not have been possible, or at least as seamless, without the Foundation’s support.

Zoi Velaeti

Law and Technology (LLM), Tilburg University

Tilburg, the Netherlands


Chevening Scholarship Programme

As part of the Foundation’s broader strategy for the enhancement of young people’s access to education, its collaboration with the British Government for re-launching the Chevening Scholarship Programme in Greece was announced in September 2018. Through the programme, two scholarships were granted for postgraduate studies in UK universities for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Chevening Scholarships are the British Government’s International Scholarship programme, funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and collaborating institutions, and they are awarded to candidates with leadership skills and a compelling academic background, responsibility and the capacity to bring about changes through shaping public opinion. The public call for the 2019-2020 academic year involved the full funding of postgraduate studies in the fields of Social Policy, Public Administration, International Development and Political Science. Priority was given to applications for courses related to Civil Society and Management of Non-Profit Organisations.

The two candidates who stood out, both due to their high academic performances as well as their well-rounded personalities, were Anastasia Benekou in the field of Management, and Mochament Elsaer in the field of International Relations. In the 2019-2020 academic year, Anastasia and Mochament will attend the postgraduate course “The Kent MBA” at the University of Kent and “MA War Studies” at King’s College London, respectively, with the aim of imparting the knowledge and the experience they gained in the UK in their sector of specialisation in Greece.

“The Chevening scholarship, in collaboration with the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, provided me with the opportunity to study in one of UK’s best universities. By covering my tuition fees and living expenses it allows me to really focus solely on my studies and my career development. Apart from that, it gives me the opportunity to create a wide network of professionals from around the world, to learn from them and work with them on how we could contribute to the creation of a better future for our countries. I really feel very fortunate and grateful to have been given this opportunity, which from the very beginning seems like an experience that can change one’s life.”

Anastasia Benekou

The Kent MBA, University of Kent

Canterbury, United Kingdom

“The Chevening scholarship is a major milestone in my career. As a Greek scholar of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, I am given the opportunity to study in the distinguished department of War Studies in London. I recently attended the acclaimed “Chevening Orientation” event, where I met young leaders from around the world and senior staff from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence. Undoubtedly, the Chevening Scholarship has contributed decisively to my academic and professional development.”

Mochament Elsaer

MA in War Studies, King's College London

London, United Kingdom


Olympia Summer Academy

The Navarino Network, aiming at promoting extroversion, innovation and excellence in Greece, has undertaken the organisation of the annual Olympia Summer Academy, which has been taking place since 2002, initially in Olympia and since 2015, in Nafplio. The Academy is an intensive summer school for postgraduate and PhD students, as well as young professionals in the fields of political science and international relations, and was founded with the purpose of establishing a forum for high-quality academic work on one hand, and a platform for the creation and consolidation of scholarly collaborative networks on the other.

It is considered to be one of the best summer programmes of its kind in Greece and one of the most successful programmes abroad, in which visiting professors from leading universities in Europe, America and the rest of the world teach; since 2014 it has been operating under the auspices of the European International Studies Association (EISA). Through its activities, it has contributed significantly to the revitalization of political science and international relations in Greece and has encouraged young and promising researchers in their efforts to establish themselves and offer valuable work to the international academic community.

Approximately 30-40 Greek students study in the Academy every year and many of them receive significant academic and research awards. The Foundation covered the participation cost for 10 postgraduate Greek students in the Olympia Summer Academy held in Nafplio in July 2019.

“Thanks to the Foundation’s support, the 2019 Olympia Summer Academy managed to attract the professors and students that have rendered it the number one international relations and political science summer course in Europe. For all of us who have been working for decades to enhance the extroversion of university education in Greece, the Foundation has confirmed its role as a key pillar supporting our efforts.”

Dimitris Keridis

Professor of International Relations, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences

Director of the Olympia Summer Academy


Research Project “The Greek Revolution of 1821: Digital Archive”

The Foundation continues supporting the operation and the work of the Research Centre for the Humanities (RCH) since its establishment in 2015. The main goal of RCH is to enhance and fund research on the Humanities through annual public calls for the submission of research proposals by young researchers. Furthermore, it organises workshops, conferences and meetings aiming to further disseminate research results to both the scientific community and the general public.

On the occasion of the upcoming bicentenary of the Revolution in 1821, RCH is planning and coordinating a large-scale research project entitled: “The Greek Revolution of 1821: Digital Archive”, which is also funded, among others, by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation. This project’s aim is for an online platform to be created for 1821, where the public can search for material related to the Greek Revolution, such as scientific studies, archives, works of art, everyday objects, folk songs, relics, etc., as well as to be able to view digital exhibits which will convey contemporary scientific approaches to the Greek Revolution.

The main goals of the Project are:

The application will consist of the following levels:

  1. Online Repository: The project’s organisational infrastructure, where digital, visual and audio material related to 1821 will be stored following appropriate categorization. The infrastructure will have the capacity to be continuously enriched with new material.

  2. Website: The unified presentation interface of the digital repository, which will allow the link-up of its digital collections.

  3. Online Exhibits: With the key requirement being the vivid presentation of the digital repository, the website will make use of the most up-to-date method of visual display of information. The “online exhibits” will suggest use scenarios of the material and digital narratives which will be comprehensible by the general public and will convey contemporary scientific approaches to the Greek Revolution.

  4. Exhibition: The Scientific Executive Committee will present some of the aforementioned online exhibits in an exhibition at the Benaki Museum building located at Pireos Street in 2021.

“Ways of Remembering the 1821 Revolution” – A Local History School Project

As part of the programme, an educational activity is being implemented for primary and secondary schools throughout Greece, where children are requested to locate material related to the Greek Revolution of 1821, such as memorials and monuments, streets, squares, books, art objects, etc., in the greater area around their schools and to record the relevant information in a special online web form. In this way, students become researchers and take part in shaping the project.

To date, a total of 4,389 entries have been filled in the Project’s Database, including:

“This year we witnessed the launch of our research project ‘The Greek Revolution of 1821: Digital Archive’, which culminated with the successful conference held in March 2019 in the National Hellenic Research Foundation. A multitude of young researchers, original presentations and interdisciplinary approaches set the tone of a pioneering research project which has aroused scientific interest in Greece and abroad. At the same time, we selected and supported another team of young researchers, who presented original and innovative research work, while drawing on the European experience on topics related to the Humanities and Social Sciences. The support of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation for the aforementioned two categories of activities allowed us to fully realise our objectives this year as well.”

Dr Ada Dialla

President of the Executive Administrative Board of the Research Centre for the Humanities

Head of the Scientific Committee of the Research Project “The Greek Revolution of 1821: Digital Archive”


Greek Diaspora Project

The Foundation is among the supporters of the Greek Diaspora Project; a systematic research effort to record the contemporary aspects of Greek diaspora in the world, conducted by the University of Oxford, and more specifically by the South East European Studies Centre (SEESOX), led by the project’s coordinator and SEESOX Director, Dr Othon Anastasakis. This multidimensional project explores the relationship between Greece and its diaspora in the current context of the financial crisis; it studies how the Greek diaspora can influence Greece’s political and financial transformation and examines methods of interaction between the Greek state, the economy and society with the diaspora.

The main and interconnected goals of the Greek Diaspora Project are: firstly, for the Greek case to be examined within the framework of a broader comparative research on global diaspora, assisted by the immense research resources of the University of Oxford, and, secondly, for research to be conducted that will contribute decisively to the public debate and the policy making regarding the relationship of the Greek diaspora with Greece. The programme is purposely designed so that, apart from the academia, it can also be comprehensible by the general public.

The multifaceted research work of the Greek Diaspora Project at SEESOX focuses mainly on areas such as philanthropy, political participation of the diaspora, Greeks of Great Britain, the profile of the new Greek immigration wave and comparative research. Moreover, among its research activities is also the development of the Global Greek Diaspora Digital Map, a dynamic tool that records and displays the presence of Greek communities and organisations of the diaspora in the world, and provides a platform for communication and interaction for global Hellenism.

22 people from 8 countries participate in the Project.

Arts & Culture

Showcasing the Greek culture and supporting young artists and culture professionals are part of the Foundation’s strategic targeting and are achieved through its collaboration with institutions operating in the field of Arts & Culture in Greece and abroad.


“START – Create Cultural Change” Programme

“START – Create Cultural Change” is a capacity-building and fellowship programme for aspiring cultural managers in Greece. The programme supports young creative minds so as to kick-start their cultural initiatives aimed at generating positive social impact in their local communities.

The START programme takes place in Germany and Greece in three phases, which enable programme fellows to develop innovative ideas into independent cultural initiatives and acquire professional skills.

The programme includes the following phases:

The Latsis Foundation, for third consecutive year, conferred the “Scaling Awards”. The fellows distinguished in 2019 were:

The programme is implemented by the Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki and the German Federal Association of Socio-Cultural Centres (Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren e.V.) and is supported by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the Bodossaki Foundation.

“The ‘START – Create Cultural Change’ Programme was a real start for us. We were given the opportunity to bring to life an idea that a year before had been expressed in just 500 words. In addition, through the programme we reached our limits. We realized what it means to be in 'deep water'. I think this is the key message: To not be afraid of the unknown but to dare and create. And when you receive trust and support in this process from programmes such as START, then everything becomes easier.”

Alexandros Panagiotopoulos

Founder, “Messolonghi By Locals”

“’MakeSomeNoiz’ is on track thanks to the training and guidance of the 'START – Create Cultural Change' team. Within a short time, a brass band of teenagers from 8 different countries was created in the centre

of Athens. A group of people who started thinking and acting within the context of a collective social initiative under the guise of music. The Scaling Award by the Latsis Foundation sparked extroversion, collaboration with different groups and participation in activities, in Greece and abroad, through which children came closer by developing their social intelligence, music skills, friendship and solidarity.”

Domenico Bonassi

Manager, «MakeSomeNoiz»

“The most important factor is that we were able to contribute in our own way to decrease the patients’ and survivors’ isolation, to combat problematic stereotypes about the disease and to raise the public’s awareness. Thanks to the Scaling Award by the Latsis Foundation our mission continues and we will launch

the non-profit organisation ‘Eyes of Light’, evolving our activities in order to maximise our organisation’s social impact in 2020. Furthermore, thanks the Foundation’s support, we are expanding our vision: a society where all people suffering from severe diseases will be relieved and encouraged though the beneficial properties or art.”

Dimitra Ermeidou

Programme Director/Workshop Instructor, “Eyes of Light”


Main Anniversary Exhibition 1821-2021

The John S. Latsis Public Foundation is participating in the “Bicentennial Initiative 1821-2021” of the National Bank of Greece and Foundations for the celebration of the Hellenic rebirth and will be the main funder of the Main Anniversary Exhibition of the National Historical Museum which will be inaugurated at its headquarters in March 2021, as part of its anniversary programme for the 200 years since the beginning of the Greek Revolution. At the same time, the Museum’s additional exhibitions in eight regions of the country will be funded by the public benefit foundations: Eugenides Foundation, B & M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music, Captain Vassilis & Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation, Lambrakis Foundation, A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation and Bodossaki Foundation.

The mission of the National Historical Museum (NHM) is to collect, rescue, study and showcase relics and testimonies related to modern Greek history. Today it is one of the main repositories of historical relics and research sources in the country. More specifically, in regard to the Enlightenment-Revolution-Constitution of the Greek State period, with emphasis placed on 1821, the NHM stores the largest number of significant exhibits. Given the above, the NHM is playing a central role in the upcoming anniversary by developing a set of activities with national reach that highlight the multifaceted Struggle for National Independence, which will culminate with the presentation of the main exhibition.

Through the anniversary programme entitled “ΕΠΑΝΑCYΣΤΑΣΗ '21”, the Museum aims to encourage reflection, dialogue and contemporary cultural creation by reintroducing the relics of its collections to today's public.

The Foundation will fund most of the Main Anniversary Exhibition, which will describe the entire historical period of the Greek Revolution and will highlight the preparation, the outburst, its radiance and legacy through the Museum’s rare relics and archive material. The exhibition will portray the role of the Revolution within the international context; it will focus on its events and protagonists, as well as on the role of the Struggle in the formation of the Greek state and the national identity. Furthermore, it will be the first time that an anniversary exhibition for the Greek Revolution of 1821 will be enriched with original interactive educational exhibits and digital applications.

The exhibition will be displayed as a single narrative that approaches the Revolution from a contemporary perspective and will be developed in seven thematic units:

  1. Before it stroke '21. Background and preparation

  2. People and events of the drama

  3. The time of the sea

  4. Politics and diplomacy

  5. Reflections of the Greek times

  6. A society at war

  7. “This is what we fought for”

"The National Historical Museum has been characterised as an "Ark of National Memory". Its existence places him at the forefront of the 200-year celebration of Greece being an independent State. Through exhibitions and activities, it gradually creates the mosaic that attributes the struggles of our people for survival and freedom. The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation embraced and shared with the Museum the idea of showcasing the valuable content of this “National Ark” in the exhibition organised at its premises in 2021 as a flagship event of the 200-year anniversary celebrations since the Revolution in 1821. The exhibition aims to be aesthetically appealing, provide information in a pleasant manner, utilise digital applications and, at the same time, to be insightful and multi-faceted.”

Efthymia Papaspyrou

Director, National Historical Museum


Support of the Operation & Programmes for Special Schools and Visitors with Disabilities

As part of its broader strategy for the implementation of cultural and educational activities, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation supported the educational programmes of the Benaki Museum that are aimed at students of special schools, as well as visitors with disabilities. Through the specially designed programmes, visitors are able to get acquainted with the Museum’s collections, archives and selected exhibitions, and to familiarise themselves with various forms of art by participating in creative activities.

The following sub-activities were implemented as part of the Museum’s educational programmes:

Educational Programmes for Special School Students

“A day with the Toys”

Through this programme, children are able to get acquainted with the collections of the Benaki Toys Museum via activities based on interactive and experiential learning.

“See, Touch and Feel life and art through the Neohellenic Collection”

This programme offers a different approach to traditional life and art, based on interaction, multi-sensory stimuli and experiential learning. Children participate in creative activities, they browse through the Neohellenic Collection of the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture, and they discover similarities and differences with the modern way of life by approaching selected items with all their senses.

“Faces in a circle”

In this programme, designed in collaboration with visual artist and art educator Christos Mitas, the paintings and sculptures of the Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery are combined in a different journey focused on friendship and human relationships within the family and the broader community. The children have the opportunity to experiment in imaginative ways, to discover the capabilities of their hands or movement and to form their aesthetic perception.

Educational Programmes for Visually Impaired Adults

“Seeing with the Senses”

The monthly guided tours and workshops programme is aimed at visually impaired or blind visitors and their guides, and it invites them to get to know the Museum through detailed verbal descriptions and narrations based on touch, movement, sound and the stories behind the exhibits.


Museum - Headquarters of the Revolution of Therisso (1905)

The Latsis Foundation supported the activities of the National Research Foundation “Eleftherios K. Venizelos”, through co-funding the restoration, maintenance and upgrade of the Museum - Headquarters of the Revolution of Therisso (1905) in Chania, Crete. The Therisso Headquarters played a very important role in Crete’s contemporary history and since July 2019 it has been operating as a modern museum area, under the management and care of the National Research Foundation “Eleftherios K. Venizelos”.

The main goal of the Foundation “Eleftherios K. Venizelos” is the operation, at a national level, of a dynamic research and education centre, which will form a central coordinating institution for the research and study on the work and life of Eleftherios Venizelos, as well as Greece’s modern history. Having as a point of reference the emblematic personality of Eleftherios Venizelos, the Foundation is engaged in a variety of activities, such as the creation of library and archive, the implementation of research and educational programmes, publications, the establishment of Museums and organisation of conferences and events in Greece and abroad that aim to preserve the historical memory of the Greek politician, as well as to highlight and disseminate his work and legacy.

The Museum, which is inextricably linked to the political and personal activity of Eleftherios Venizelos, was officially inaugurated in October 2019 and contains a rich collection of relics from the period of the 1905 Revolution. The exhibition extends across the building’s two floors and includes authentic museum material and valuable artefacts from the Foundation's archive, such as an original flag-banner of the revolution featuring the inscription “Therisso 1905”, an authentic 19th century Cretan attire, as well as items from important recent donations, such as two rifles used in the revolution, etc. Furthermore, the evolution of the Cretan State up to its 2nd phase (1898-1908) as well as the most important events and protagonists of the Revolution of Therisso are presented through educational material from the Foundation’s archive collections. Within 2020, modern technological applications with interactive content are to be installed in the Museum, in order to improve the visitors’ museum experience.


Support of Operation & Concert Organisation

In continuation of the founding funding for the creation of the Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra (GYSO) in 2017, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation supported the Orchestra’s operation and the organisation of its concerts during the 2018-2019 artistic season.

The GYSO, founded by conductor Dionysis Grammenos, consists of young Greek musicians from all over Greece as well as Greek musicians living abroad. Its main goal is to identify, guide, educate and promote talented young musicians in the symphonic and operatic repertoire under the guidance of internationally renowned soloists and principals of Greek and major European orchestras. The GYSO aspires to become the nursery for the emergence of young musicians and to offer them a valuable experience of coexistence and collaboration within a large musical ensemble, such as an orchestra. Participation in the orchestra is free of charge, following an audition, while all travel and accommodation expenses of the musicians are covered.

The main characteristic of GYSO’s operation is the implementation of educational activities and the free of charge admission to its concerts, aiming to bring young people in contact with symphonic music and the values it embodies. The educational programmes are aimed at students of all ages and independent musicians as well, and among other things they include the opportunity of attending the Orchestra’s open dress rehearsal at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre and getting to meet the Orchestra at their audition space.

In 2019, GYSO’s work received international recognition as it was selected to participate as a member of the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras. Among other benefits, this partnership gives GYSO’s musicians the opportunity to represent the Orchestra abroad, partnering with the respective National Youth Orchestra of each country, under the MusXchange programme that is co-funded by the European Commission’s Creative Europe Programme.

The “ELSON Reworks” concert, featuring original works and reworks by Alexandros Livitsanos for a symphony orchestra with electric and electronic instruments, and GYSO’s “Chamber Music and String Orchestra” concert, marked the completion of GYSO’s second artistic season. The two concerts took place in July and March 2019 at the Stavros Niarchos Hall and the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera, respectively.

“Our orchestra consists of young Greek musicians that live in Greece and abroad who are eager to work. The collaboration with one another and with the Maestro is exceptional and we work within a warm and friendly atmosphere. In the orchestra, I have learned listening to others and fitting into a group, through which I can function better. Besides that, I have already acquired a different and important music repertoire, one that I would never have been in contact with while being a soloist. I am excited with everything our orchestra has achieved so far, and for those I envision it can create in the near future; I am sure that it will have a brilliant and successful course.”

Giorgos Banos, Violin (20 years old)

Barenboim-Said Akademie, Germany

“The video of the inaugural concert of ELSON which had a strong online presence on social media made me aware of the existence of the newly established orchestra. In my first rehearsal with ELSON, I felt from the first minute that I was in a professional orchestra rather than a youth orchestra, due to the professionalism of the orchestra members. Moreover, the artistic outcome that resulted from the first rehearsal, within only a few hours, impressed me to such extent that this first meeting with the orchestra is still deeply engraved into my memory, minute by minute, after a year and will be for many years to come.”

Maria Skandali, Cello (26 years old)

Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, Netherlands


“Youth Opera” programme

The “Youth Opera” educational programme is an initiative of the Greek National Opera (GNO) aiming primarily to provide, free of charge, young artists that have completed their studies and are taking their first professional steps with the opportunity to test themselves in a real work environment and gain significant experience under the guidance and supervision of acclaimed artists and professionals. The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation supported the programme in 2019 as well, thereby enhancing the process by which young artists acquire the competencies and tools that will render them fundamentally qualified professionals, in accordance with contemporary Opera demands.

Through the programme, following a year of simulation of real working conditions in the Greek National Opera, the participants have the opportunity to develop and present their skills by participating in at least two productions which have been specifically selected and produced for this opera group. The second artistic season of the educational programme concluded with the presentation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera “The Clemency of Titus” at the Art Theatre Karolos Koun, and Vincenzo Bellini’s opera “The Capulets and the Montagues” at the Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Greek National Opera.

“The Clemency of Titus” is the last opera composed by Mozart and it was presented for the first time in the National Theatre of Prague in 1791, while it premiered at the Greek National Opera in 1986. It deals with deep concepts such as truth, betrayal, forgiveness, love and friendship, which the artists were required to address. On the other hand, Bellini’s opera “The Capulets and the Montagues”, which was presented for the first time in Venice at Teatro La Fenice in 1830 and in Greece in a production by the Greek National Opera at the Athens Concert Hall in 2015, focuses on the tragic dimension of the story of

Romeo and Juliet.

The production of the above operas was the culmination of the programme. Enactment in a large hall and stage with a full opera orchestra in real conditions and production timings, provided the artists with the opportunity to realise the standards they will need to set and follow in their career.

In the 2018-2019 artistic season, 10 young artists participated in the programme.


Programme for the Restoration and Promotion of Monuments in Ancient Epidaurus

The Non-Profit Organisation “ASCLEPIADES” was founded in 2015 in order to support archaeological and historical research, the restoration of monuments in archaeological sites in the wider area of Epidaurus, as well as their study, preservation and promotion. In this context, it is implementing the three-year programme (2019-2021) for the “Restoration and Promotion of Monuments in Ancient Epidaurus”, in collaboration with the scientific team of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the support of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation.

This cultural initiative includes a series of activities aiming to preserve and highlight the cultural heritage in the area of Epidaurus:

The results of the excavations that have taken place to date in the Ancient Epidaurus area are particularly significant as they have revealed the theatre which was adjacent to a bath complex and parts of a large fountain building of the classical period (4th century BC) as well as an arcade, which during the Roman period incorporated the water supply part of the reformed fountain. The theatre and the fountain are two very important constructions for the progress of research of ancient buildings of their kind; in-between the two it is believed that there is the Temple of Asclepius, which is mentioned in ancient sources.

In the summer of 2019, with the Foundation’s support, excavations were performed south of the Roman arcade and parallel to the west side of the fountain, in order to investigate the existence of any remains of the temple of Asclepius. Furthermore, pipes irrigating the fields of the area that covered the monuments were removed, and aerial photography of the archaeological site was performed as well as 3D visualisation of the ancient theatre. The supply of a high-performance computer equipped with special software for point cloud processing and photogrammetric analysis was an essential tool for the documentation work; it will enable detailed 3D representation of the monuments in the successive stages of the programme’s progress as well as after its completion.

Apart from the scientific personnel, 7 students of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens also participated in the 2019 excavations, as well as 3 students through the Erasmus programme; the students contributed substantially to the discovery, documentation and management of the abundant ceramic findings.

“In 2019, the Latsis Foundation commenced supporting a three-year programme aimed at the restoration and promotion of monuments in Ancient Epidaurus. The city of Epidaurus is lacking so far an organised archaeological site. The programme envisions the emergence of a very important sector in the center, the Agora of the ancient city. Excavation works aim to unveil the Asclepius temple, to complete the discovery of already discovered monuments, while preservation and restoration works will highlight the city's ancient theater as well as other ancient buildings. By the end of the programme, the city of Ancient Epidaurus will acquire an appealing and organised archaeological site around the renowned ‘Little Theater’.”

Vassilis Lambrinoudakis

Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens


Excavation Research at the Acropolis of Ancient Molykreio of Aetolia

The conclusion of the systematic excavation work at the sanctuary of Athena and Poseidon at the acropolis of Ancient Molykreio in Aetolia that took place in 2019, marks the completion of a 14-year cycle of research, which revealed significant antiquities and monuments. The excavations at the location of Elliniko near Velvina in Nafpaktia have brought to light significant remains of buildings and portable findings, which are of great interest both in terms of the history of the sanctuary as well as the civilisation of ancient Aetolia and assist in identifying the area to be that of ancient Molykreio, known from references of ancient writers as a place of worship of Poseidon.

In 2019, the excavation, conducted with the Foundation's support, focused on the interior of great temple B, where the foundations of an earlier archaic temple made of large, rectangle, tufaceous stones were revealed. Furthermore, research in the great altar resulted in pottery shells, figurines and coins. In conjunction with the findings from earlier excavations, such as vessels, coins of different minting and origins that were found next to the pedestal of the cult statue in temple A, as well as iron weapons, the conclusion is reached that the duration of activity of the sanctuary lasted from the 7th century BC up to the late Hellenistic Period, which seems to have been when it was at its zenith.

Overall, the monuments revealed during the systematic excavation are temples A and B, the altar, the arcade, buildings C and D and the stadium. The great altar excavated in front of temple A is one of the largest of its kind that have been discovered in Greece and one of the most impressive monuments of the sanctuary, as it stands on a hill with a view over the Isthmus of Corinth, where the respective Poseidon sanctuary is located. On the east side of the sanctuary, the only stadium in western mainland Greece was

discovered, apart from that of Olympia, with three rows of stone seats and a length of 32 metres. The discovery of the stadium is a testimony to the significance, scope and reach of the sanctuary, where sporting events were organised, probably in honour of Poseidon. It appears that building C, which was discovered between the two temples, was related to the operation of the sanctuary, while it was also used by the athletes as a changing room and preparation area for the games, while building D close to the great temple was probably a meeting and/or banquet area for the priesthood and the game organisers.

Studies are being planned for the maintenance and restoration of the monuments, so that it can become accessible to visitors, as well as the work required in order to mark the importance of the site is also being planned. Moreover, the portable findings are to be studied in order to reach conclusions regarding the worship practices that took place in the sanctuary.

“The excavation could not have taken place for the last three years if it wasn’t for the support provided by the Latsis Foundation to the Archaeological Society at Athens, which is performing the administrative

part and management of the research. This support enabled us to complete the excavation research, at least the first stage of it, to capture aerial photographs, to organise and clean up the area and deliver it to the competent Ephorate of Antiquities of Aetolia-Acarnania along with a recommendation for restorations and maintenance of monuments, in order to mark the significance of the sanctuary and make it accessible to visitors.”

Nikolaos Kaltsas

Honorary Director of the National Archaeological Museum

Director of the excavation at Ancient Molykreio

Social Welfare & Community Development

The Foundation is active in a number of social welfare and community development fields, seeking to respond to current social challenges by supporting initiatives that enhance accessibility and social inclusion of vulnerable social groups and by implementing projects aiming to upgrade the Public Health infrastructure in Greece.

Upgrade of the National Health System Programme

In memory of those who lost their lives in the wildfires of July 2018 in Attica, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation expressed its commitment to contribute to the collective effort to support the affected populations and assist in the restoration of the affected areas and their infrastructure, by implementing an emergency programme budgeted at € 5,000,000 for the upgrade of the National Health System.

Through the implementation of this programme, the Foundation aims to meet the urgent needs in the Public Health sector that are related to the handling of emergency cases. The upgrade of specialised healthcare services in response to a disaster of the magnitude of the July 2018 wildfires, is crucial, given that the Health sector constitutes an established, critical link in the chain of civil protection and management of any state-of-emergency situation.

Following a thorough examination of the situation and prioritisation of major needs, as well as meetings between Foundation staff and the heads of the relevant Attica Health Services Districts, the Directors of Attica Hospitals and in collaboration with representatives of competent agencies of the Hellenic State, the

Foundation decided and set in motion in 2019 the following donations:

At the same time, the Foundation has taken the following actions, which pertain to the immediate support of our fellow citizens, as well as the restoration of infrastructure damaged by the 2018 wildfires:

The Foundation aims for these interventions to contribute in the medium and long-run to the preparedness of requisite services in preventing and addressing similar state-of-emergency situations in an effective and timely manner.

“I would like to thank the Latsis Public Benefit Foundation for the targeted donation that brought smiles and joy, not only to the staff of the Hospital, but also to the citizens who will enjoy high-quality medical services, as the diagnoses will be performed more promptly, with greater accuracy and with less radiation impact.”

Ioannis Iliopoulos

Director, “KAT” General Hospital of Attica

“Collaborating for Health” Programme

Through a joint initiative of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the Greek Shipowners’ Social Welfare Company SYNENOSIS, the implementation of the 2nd cycle of the “Collaborating for Health” programme commenced in 2019. The aim of the programme is to meet the urgent needs of the Public Health sector and contribute to the upgrade of its infrastructure, as well as to enhance the services of the public healthcare providers in Greece.

As part of the programme, requests by healthcare providers across the country are evaluated along with SYN-ENOSIS. The requests are related to a) procurement of medical equipment and b) upgrade of the infrastructure of public or other non-profit healthcare providers.

The 2nd cycle of the programme focused on supporting Hospital Units/Departments that provide vital health services to patients in need of intensive care and the equipment of which required to be upgraded due to its obsolescence. Other main assessment and selection criteria were the extent to which the specific donation was an imperative necessity for the operation of the final recipient (Clinic/Department/Unit/Health Centre) of the donation, the proportion of each donation and the reduction of inequality in the provision of healthcare (such as: decrease of patient’s movement or inconvenience, provision of healthcare to vulnerable social groups), as well as the contribution to the enhancement of the healthcare provider’s self-efficiency.

Therefore, the following donations were completed within 2019:

o The ICU of Theagenio, which is the only anticancer hospital in Northern Greece, receives 650-700 cases per year, both oncological and of a general nature (e.g. multiple injuries, neurological cases, cerebrovascular accidents, etc.).

o The Department serves a total of 80-100 patients on chronic dialysis per year, as well as emergency cases of acute renal failure in the prefecture.

o The Hospital covers the needs of the prefecture of Xanthi as well as the neighbouring prefectures and serves approximately 60 patients per year.

o The Hospital serves the entire northwest Greece as well as the Ionian islands, and 180 to 200 patients are treated in the ICU annually.

o The Blood Donation Unit of the General Hospital of Aghios Nikolaos is the only department in the prefecture that collects blood; it performs 2,000 to 3,000 blood donations per year and covers the needs of the Prefecture of Lasithi and part of the needs of the Prefecture of Heraklion.

At the same time, as part of the 2nd cycle of the programme, the supply and installation of oxygen generating systems for medical use to Health Centres of the 2nd Regional Health Directorate of Piraeus and Aegean Islands have been set in motion:

“The new blood bank refrigerated centrifuge is necessary for the proper operation of the Blood Donation

Unit of the Hospital and the correct separation of blood components and allows us to provide high-quality

services to the citizens of our Prefecture.”

Maria Spinthouri

Director, General Hospital of Aghios Nikolaos

“Through the ‘Collaborating for Health’ programme we upgraded key and necessary equipment of our Unit that was 25years old. This new equipment, on the one hand, gives the opportunity to reduce the patients’ duration of hospitalization, resulting to more empty beds and, on the other hand, facilitates the work of our nursing staff.”

Souzana Anisoglou

Director of ICU, Anticancer Hospital of Thessaloniki “Theageneio”


Grant of University Scholarship

The Paediatric Surgery Clinic of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) is located at the University General Hospital “ATTIKON” and has been operating since 2016. It aims to provide secondary and tertiary care to infants, toddlers, children and adolescents; to train the undergraduate students of the NKUA Medical School as well as the interns at the Hospital’s University Paediatric Clinic and the University Surgery Clinics; and to conduct fundamental, experimental and clinical research.

In 2019, the Foundation covered the remuneration of a university scholar for one year in order to contribute to the clinic’s optimal operation. The university scholar, who has been trained in the field of paediatric surgery, will provide particularly important services, both in the daily operation of the clinic as well as the treatment of patients and will enhance its educational and research activity.

“The presence of an additional doctor will contribute to the improved operation of the Clinic; whose staffing needs increase daily. The Foundation’s avidity fills us with hope, joy and courage to continue the

difficult and important work we must fulfil in terms of prevention and the children’s treatment.”

Nikolaos Zavras

Associate Professor, Director of Paediatric Surgery

Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,

University General Hospital “ATTIKON”


Support of Operation

HOPEgenesis is an organisation that aims to alter the phenomenon of low birth rates in Greece by undertaking to support financially women who live in remote islands or areas of Greece and wish to have children or are already pregnant. HOPEgenesis provides women that live in such areas that lack pre-natal provisions with comprehensive medical care, in collaboration with the relevant local communities, throughout the pregnancy until childbirth.

In 2019 the Latsis Foundation supported the activities of the organisation by funding the personnel position “Project Manager”, thereby contributing to the development and expansion of the organisation to an increasing number of regions in Greece.

“Points of Support” Programme

2019 marked the completion of the third cycle of the “Points of Support” programme; a joint initiative by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the TIMA Charitable Foundation, the Hellenic Hope charity organisation, the Captain Vassilis & Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation, the A. G. Leventis Foundation and the Bodossaki Foundation. The goal of the Programme is, on the one hand, to support innovative small-scale projects that result in maximum social impact that benefits vulnerable social groups and, on the other hand, the reinforcement of infrastructures and capacity building of Greek civil society organisations in order to further evolve and improve the effectiveness of their work.

The Programme covered a wide range of activities, such as: pioneering social inclusion practices for people with disabilities, exemplary experiential programmes for the elderly, as well as initiatives for the prevention of the social victimisation of children. At the same time, the selected organisations participated free of charge in capacity building activities which were funded and implemented by the Bodossaki Foundation through Social Dynamo, an initiative of the Foundation and the Municipality of Athens (via SynAthina platform).

A total of 24 activities were funded in 2019, which were implemented by 33 organisations, 10 of which participated as partner organisations. The activities lasted up to 12 months and fell under one of the following thematic areas:

  1. “Social Integration of People with Disabilities”
    (John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation)

  2. “Support of the Elderly”
    (TIMA Charitable Foundation)

  3. “Support of Children”:

    • “Child Protection”
      (Hellenic Hope)

    • “Children and Health”
      (Captain Vassilis & Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation)

    • “Children and the Environment”
      (A. G. Leventis Foundation)

With funding by the Latsis Foundation:

  1. Career Sign – Τhe assessment of accessibility of the School of Information and Communication Technologies of the Department of Informatics of the University of Piraeus was conducted and an accessible e-book (available at: was created by volunteers-students; the e-book contains the necessary general information for the department, a record and an assessment of the accessibility of the facilities, as well as the professors’ attitude and adaptability toward disability.

    • 12 students - volunteers in 26 locations participated in this activity (from October 2018 until March 2019).

  2. Challedu – In collaboration with the Preschool Special Education Unit in Chalkida, the 1st “ABI GAMES FESTIVAL - Drawing, Playing and Living on the Autism Spectrum” was organised; a three-day festival of creation of games specifically adapted for children on the autism spectrum, aiming at their participation and socialisation, as well as raising the awareness of students and residents of Chalkida regarding autistic spectrum disorders. Professional game-designers, specialist educators, psychologists, occupational therapists, parents of children with autism and university students joined forces in order to create specialised innovative games that reinforce the social skills of children on the autism spectrum. The games created are available for school activities as well as online.

    • 153 beneficiaries participated in the three-day festival and 12 new games were created for children on the autism spectrum (2 playground games, 3 digital games and 7 board games).

  3. Liminal, Access to Culture – The “Click_able Project” has been completed; an educational programme that was implemented in collaboration with Beyond Sight Foundation and aimed at the familiarisation of people with visual disabilities with the art of photography. As part of the programme, experiential educational workshops on photography teaching techniques and methods tailored for visually impaired people were held, and photography excursions in Athens were organised, where the participants experimented with photographing interesting parts of the city. The programme concluded with a group photography exhibition, where the results of participants’ photography meetings were presented.

    • A total of 23 people participated in these activities, 10 of whom were visually impaired.

  4. Panhellenic Association of Parents, Guardians and Friends of People with Visual Impairments and Additional Disabilities, AMIMONI – The first free online fairy tale library for visually-impaired preschool and early school children was created in collaboration with the organisation “Reading to the Others”. The library consists of recorded fairy tales, some of which were appropriately adapted visually so that they can be comprehensible by children with visual impairments. The objectives of the programme are to increase children’s participation in activities that are crucial for their development, the social inclusion of children through activities that raise awareness, and the provision of an entertainment activity for the entire family. The fairy tales are available, free of charge.

    • The library created consists of 10 recorded fairy tales.

  5. Reading to the Others – Multi-sensory workshops raising children’s awareness about blindness were conducted, in collaboration with the Social Cooperative Enterprise “Black Light”, in primary and secondary education schools in Athens, Chania and Heraklion of Crete. The goal of the workshops is the social inclusion of visually-impaired children into the school environment, as well as the provision of information about blindness. Through experiential learning and simulation methods, children realise the challenges that blind people face, there is reduction of phenomena of exclusion of people with vision loss and increased empathy from children regarding this form of disability.

    • A total of 460 students participated in the workshops in schools in Athens and Crete.

  6. Interdisciplinary Network of Special and Intercultural Education, INCLUDE – The programme “I learn to fall, get up and stand my ground” was designed and implemented; it is an inclusive activity of Judo training for children with intellectual and autism spectrum disorders, supported by members and graduates of the KETHEA PROMETHEUS and under the guidance of special education professionals and Judo instructors. Judo training has significant cognitive and psychosocial benefits for children; most notably the transformation of mental to motor representation, problem solving, decisionmaking, the development of a sense of security and the reinforcement of self-confidence. The activity was completed with the design of relevant specialised educational material, based on the principles of universal design for learning, and its publication and dissemination to facilities and Day Care Centres for People with Disabilities as well as Judo clubs throughout Greece.

    • 5 volunteers - members of the KETHEA programmes as well as 13 children with autism spectrum disorders participated in the programme.

  7. KOINSEP Puzzle – The activity “Management of mourning and loss by people with mental disability” was implemented; it contained educational activities and the development of educational material. Its goal was to support and prepare adults with mental disability and their families, as well as specialist caregivers, for the process and management of loss and mourning. The two handbooks were created following literature research and indirect participation of people with disability who shared personal experiences and feelings.

    • 2 handbooks/guides were created which were sent electronically to 50 organisations, they were posted on the Puzzle website and 400 copies were printed and distributed free of charge.

  8. Association of Parents, Guardians and Friends of People with Autism of the Prefecture of Rethymno – The initiative “Building Bridges of Cooperation” has been completed; it aimed at promoting occupational integration of people with disabilities into the prefecture’s local businesses, improvement of the attitude of local and business communities toward people with disabilities, as well as the implementation of supervised job placement of people with disabilities in businesses in the prefecture. This initiative included 4 sub-activities, starting with the creation and distribution of questionnaires aiming to record the attitude of local institutions and businesses in regard to occupational support of people with disabilities and mapping their employment opportunities in the prefecture. Based on the data obtained, informational and raising awareness seminars were designed and conducted by professionals established in the field of special education and mental health, with experience in occupational integration of people with disabilities. As part of the seminars, information about employment possibilities were provided, successful examples of social and occupational integration of people with disabilities were presented, and the attitude and knowledge of the local business community before and after the seminars were explored.

    • 4 seminars were held in which owners and executives of businesses in the prefecture participated, as well as members of associations and unions, and representatives of the local authorities.

“Our participation in the “Points of Support” programme and the implementation of the 'Click_able Project' has had multiple benefits for our organisation. Social Dynamo’s support has expanded our organisation’s capabilities, while at the same time, the funding by the Latsis Public Benefit Foundation

provided us with the opportunity to implement an innovative, long-lasting project. The programme’s structure has been beneficial to our organisation. The ‘Points of Support’ programme is an ideal opportunity for the development of new and independent organisations.”

Christos Papamichail

Founder, Liminal - Access to Culture


Initiative “Never Alone - Building our future with children and youth arriving in Europe”

In 2019, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation participated in and supported the Europe-wide initiative “Never Alone” of the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM), by implementing a funding programme in response to the particularly urgent situation of unaccompanied children and youth arriving in Greece. In order to contribute to building a strong child protection system based on models promoting social integration of children and youth on the move that are now in Greece, EPIM, in collaboration with the Latsis Foundation, announced a public call for the submission of proposals aimed at the development of quality models of alternative care and/or the support of youth in their transition to adulthood and autonomy, with emphasis placed on access to education, vocational training and/or the labour market.

The initiative that was selected and supported through the “Never Alone” Fund is entitled “Transitioning to Adulthood: A Path To Autonomy and Self-Reliance”; it has a two-year duration and is implemented by the Velos Youth organisation, in collaboration with HumanRights360 and the Babel Day Centre. The objective of this activity is for young immigrants and refugees aged 16-21 to become empowered and independent, and transition smoothly to adulthood. The three collaborating organisations will jointly develop a holistic approach for transition to adulthood and integration, as well as a new advocacy strategy that is adapted to the main challenges these young people face, such as lack of integration activities, employability and access to psychological care.

More specifically, support will be provided through the programme in key areas of the new daily life of these young people:

“This partnership among NGOs (Velos Youth, HumanRights360, Babel) aims to serve the needs of young refugees who reside in insecure conditions. Young persons are facing major challenges and therefore, there is the need for a holistic approach, including support and education of youngsters and the improvement of the support mechanisms. Through our advocacy interventions of the project, we aim to tackle issues that arise so that young persons could have equal access to health, education, employment and accommodation. In other words, to have a secure, dignified and more qualitative life, by being able to have full opportunities to practice their human rights.”

Epaminondas Farmakis

Founder, HumanRights360


Documentary: “Container”

The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation supported the production of a documentary short film regarding the refugee issue in Greece, emphasising on unaccompanied minor children. The documentary entitled “Container” takes place in Samos and aims to highlight the difficult living conditions that refugees face in the understaffed and overpopulated hotspot located in Vathy.

The documentary records the life of a group of young boys that have just arrived in the island and are living in the Samos hotspot; it highlights the relationships they built with each other against all odds. The film is expected to premiere in the United States of America in 2020 and will be featured in the award-winning documentary forum of the New York Times, Op-Docs.

“The generous support of the Latsis Foundation was instrumental for the completion of the documentary short film the ‘Container’, following the Oscar nominated documentary ‘4.1 Miles’. I could not be more grateful for this collaboration with the Latsis Foundation as we are awaiting the screening of the film in the entire world, through which we are reminding viewers that the refugee crisis is on-going and should not be ignored.”

Daphne Matziaraki

Director & cinematographer


Support of the Operation of the Child Safety Care Unit – “Sophie Varvitsioti”, Athens General Children’s Hospital “P. & A. Kyriakou”

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children - ELIZA was founded in 2018 with the sole purpose of protecting children who have suffered or are at risk of suffering abuse or neglect. All ELIZA’s actions aim to prevent, deal with, treat and remedy abuse nationwide. In this context and following ELIZA’s initiative, the Child Safety Care Unit – “Sophie Varvitsioti” of the 2nd Paediatric Clinic of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) was founded at the Athens General Children’s Hospital “P. & A. Kyriakou”.

The new Unit is the first specialised hospital department in Greece for the identification, examination and interdisciplinary treatment of infants and children with abuse or neglect symptoms, as well as for the protection of vulnerable families. In accordance with international standards, the Unit possesses a clinic that is appropriately configured and equipped, suitable for the examination and monitoring of infants and children suspected to be victims of abuse or neglect, as well as a meeting area and workplace for all professionals involved in their treatment. Furthermore, in collaboration with different specialists, innovative educational programmes are performed through the Unit, as well as information sessions and

other activities for the support of children and their families, which take place within and outside the Hospital.

Having as a priority the support of social welfare activities through the reinforcement of institutions that possess the know-how and capacity to intervene when it comes to child protection issues in Greece, the Latsis Foundation supported ELIZA’s initiative by covering the remuneration of a university scholar – paediatrician for one year, in order to contribute to the Unit’s daily operation. The scholar’s role is crucial as, among other things, he assesses and manages cases of possible child abuse under the supervision of the Head of the Unit, he acts as the communication channel between the Hospital’s physicians and the relevant professionals involved in an abuse/neglect case (e.g. social workers) and he contributes to the identification and support of vulnerable families.

“All children deserve a childhood based on safety and protection. At ELIZA, every day we try to change the lives of vulnerable children that are in danger or have been victims of abuse and neglect. Our valuable partnership with the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation enables us to plan and implement pioneering initiatives in Greece, such as the operation of the 1st Hospital Unit for abused children, which create multiple benefits for the entire society. Our collaboration fills us with optimism and faith, as we find valuable allies for our work with whom we share the same vision for our world’s future, which belongs to our children.”

Aphrodite Stathi

Executive Director, ELIZA


Summer Camps for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The EPILOGI KOINSEP aims at providing services of social welfare nature to infants, children and people with disabilities, while placing particular emphasis on children with autism spectrum disorders. Its activities are focused on the provision of programmes of psychological support and counselling to children and families, therapy programmes (speech therapy, occupational therapy, etc.), as well as alternative therapeutic activities (art therapy, play therapy, drama therapy, etc.), aiming at the psychosocial rehabilitation and reintegration of people dealing with mental health problems.

As part of its activities, EPILOGI KOINSEP organises summer camps for children with autism spectrum disorders, thereby enabling them to participative in creative activities, such as painting, music, constructions and applied physical education, aiming at reinforcing their self-confidence as well as enhancing their skills and socialisation. The Latsis Foundation supported this initiative by partially covering the operating cost of the creative engagement summer programme that was implemented during the summer of 2019.

“With the Foundation’s support, we provided 40 children with disabilities aged 5 to 12 access to a programme with various and specialised activities. Among others, children participated in music, painting, speech therapy, applied physical education and construction workshops, which are important to their everyday life.”

Kiriaki Grigoriadou

President of the Steering Committee


Prevention and Examination Centres “Checkpoint”

In 2019 the Foundation supported the operation of the Prevention and Examination Centres “Checkpoint”, the only non-clinical Centres in Greece for prevention, information and promotion of medical screening for the HIV, HBV (Hepatitis B) and HCV (Hepatitis C) viruses. “Checkpoint” provides testing for the above diseases free of charge, anonymously and rapidly, along with counselling for sexual health matters.

These fixed facilities are an initiative of the Association of People Living with HIV in Greece “Positive Voice” and have been operating in Athens since 2012 and in Thessaloniki since 2014. Since 2015, they have received the Best Practice recognition by the World Health Organisation in its annual report, while in 2018 they received the same recognition from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) as well. Aiming at reducing the percentages of late diagnosis of HIV in Greece, “Positive Voice”, with the support of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, will introduce an innovative tool to the “Checkpoint” services provided. This tool will be a “voluntary-assisted partner notification system” and will provide the beneficiaries of the “Checkpoints” with the ability to notify their partners anonymously so that they can be tested.

Positive Voice is a non-profit association aiming at ensuring best prevention and provision of information practices, healthcare services and social care for HIV positive individuals and HIV vulnerable social groups. Moreover, it is also working toward social acceptance, solidarity and support of these groups, in order to combat the violations of their dignity and human rights.


Support of Legal Service Operation

The Centre for Life, which focuses on the support of people living with HIV/AIDS throughout Greece, offers free of charge a multitude of services for the support (psychological, social, moral, financial, etc.) of people who have been diagnosed HIV positive or suffer from AIDS, as well as for the support of their families. Moreover, through nationwide campaigns, targeted activities to raise awareness and educational programmes, it informs the general public regarding the disease and protection methods, ultimately aiming at combating the social stigma that people living with HIV/AIDS experience. An important part of the activities of the Centre for Life is the Legal Service which has been operating since 2012 and offers specialised information on the rights of people living with HIV, in vital areas of social life, as well as selective legal representation in rights violation cases.

In 2019 the Foundation supported the work of the Centre for Life by partially covering the operating expenses of the Legal Service, so that it can continue its efforts to provide free legal support to people living with HIV/AIDS, without hindrance. The Legal Service of the Centre for Life is active in a wide range of fields, such as personal data protection, access to medical care, safeguarding labour rights, intervention in cases of discrimination, support for prisoners and exprisoners living with HIV, and the submission of proposals for the establishment of an institutional framework for the protection of the rights of people living with the virus.


“Epikentro” Multi-Purpose Venue for Action and Change

Epikentro is a support centre that has been operating since 2017 in Kolonos district aiming at the empowerment of vulnerable social and economic groups through the provision of programmes and services, free of charge.

Through innovative programmes and workshops, participants have the opportunity to acquire the necessary knowledge and develop their skills, thereby obtaining the tools required to bring about long-lasting and substantial changes to their life and escape the financial and social exclusion they face.

The programmes of Epikentro are implemented in collaboration with pioneering organisations and specialised professionals, and are aimed to students, preschool and school-age children, adolescents and adults. For example, adults are offered services of psychosocial support, accounting and legal counselling, empowerment programmes for women and parents, as well as employment counselling; while adolescents are offered services of psychological support, educational programmes for skills development

and vocational guidance.

In 2019, The Foundation’s funding, on the one hand, covered necessary expenses for the operation of Epikentro, and, on the other hand, was used for the implementation of educational programmes empowering children and teaching them new skills, by utilising technology, art and constructions as learning tools. In this context, children were given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with computers; they became competent and autonomous PC users and learnt to use a programming language to create an online game. Furthermore, through their participation in the theatrical play programme, children cultivated their imagination, developed values such as cooperation and teamwork, and learnt to express their feelings. Finally, in the carpentry workshops, participants built their own objects out of wood, applying the theoretical knowledge of geometry and physics they acquired and developed in depth the concepts of design, construction and collective creation.


Creation of Stray Companion Animals Shelter

In 2019, the Latsis Foundation supported the initiative of the Paros Animal Welfare Society - “PAWS”, by partially covering the cost for the construction of a model stray companion animals shelter at the location of Marathi in Paros.

"PAWS"'s mission is to collect and care for the stray animals on the island, as well as to provide them with shelter, food and medical treatment until the appropriate conditions for their adoption emerge. At the same time, it carries out intensive neutering and vaccination programmes with the aim of reducing stray animals in Paros, thus ensuring better and healthier living conditions.

The shelter, built entirely with local natural stones and in complete harmony with Cycladic architecture, will have the capacity to accommodate 64 dogs and 20 cats and will possess a purpose-built recovery area for sick or injured animals and a wooden cat house. Furthermore, the shelter will serve as a space for training mainly young people, and all residents of Paros as well, in terms of animal welfare and proper animal care.

“The Paros Animal Welfare Society - PAWS is very grateful to the Latsis Foundation for its substantial grant, as well as its trust, so that in 2020, a year that coincides with 20 years of continuous operation of PAWS, Paros can at last have its own modern and safe shelter for the stray puppies and kittens of the island! We wish that this shelter of European standards can set a shining example for the creation of other similar shelters in the country.”

Arghyro Eleftheriadou

President of Elected Board, “PAWS”


THALES II Programme: “Mapping and Evaluation of Greek Non-Profit Organizations”

Following the successful research project “THALES I” (2012-2015), the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of the Peloponnese, in collaboration with HIGGS, is implementing the “THALES II” programme with a two-year duration (2018-2020) and funding from the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the TIMA Charitable Foundation, the A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation and the Captain Vassilis & Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation.

The main objective of the Programme is to study the ecosystem of NGOs in Greece – at a more practical level – as well as map and evaluate them, thereby creating a reliable record of the NGOs categorised per sector of activity. At the same time, other objectives of the programme are the establishment of evaluation of Greek NGOs on the basis of their effectiveness, organisation and transparency; the investigation of possibilities for the improvement of their credibility; the promotion of volunteering in conjunction with the encouragement of organised initiatives of solidarity.

“The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation was one of the main supporters of the THALES II programme. Its support was crucial for the implementation of a project aiming to map the ecosystem of Greek NGOs and, more importantly, evaluate the hundreds of active organisations in the sector. The donation made it

possible to upgrade the evaluation methodology and invite, from the first year of implementation of the project, more than 200 organisations to the THALES II platform in order to evaluate their performance in the areas of organisation, effectiveness and transparency. Moreover, the project accomplishes the diffusion of a positive dimension of practical evaluation, as well as the establishment of a range of best practices in organisational, administration and communication matters, thus reinforcing Greek NGOs effectively”.

Sotiris Petropoulos

Associate Professor, University of the Peloponnese,

Director HIGGS, Member of the Project’s Scientific Committee


Support of the “Incubator” programme

Higher Incubator Giving Growth & Sustainability (HIGGS) is an initiative aiming at reinforcing non-profit organisations (NGOs) that are active in Greece through educational and support programmes, activities and events that take place in its facilities. Its vision is to become a beacon of creation, improvement and open dialogue, thereby contributing to the effective and sustainable operation of NGOs. HIGGS focuses its activities on three key pillars-programmes: Incubator, Accelerator and Recharge.

The Latsis Foundation supported the training and advisory programme “Incubator”, which supports NGOs that are being set-up, newly established ones and existing small and medium-sized NGOs operating in Greece, in order to increase their impact. The Programme focuses on issues that NGOs are concerned with when taking their first steps by providing guidance in regard to strategic planning, establishment, organisation, operation, finding funding and implementing projects.

Olympic Preparation Scholarship Programme

With the common vision of supporting excellence, Olympic spirit and the hopes of young athletes, the Latsis Foundation has joined forces for the third consecutive year with the A. G. Leventis Foundation and the Hellenic Initiative, supporting Greek and Cypriot athletes who continue their preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. The three institutions awarded a total of 41 scholarships to athletes who stood out for their performance in 2018.

The Olympic preparation scholarship programme of the A. G. Leventis Foundation has become a well-established institution as it has been supporting, for the last 20 years, those who train hard, often in unfavourable conditions, in order to be able to deservedly compete with the best of the world in this great celebration of athleticism, the Olympic Games.

“The fact that last year I became part of the Olympic Preparation Scholarship Programme was the best aid I could have had. The lack of sponsors in conjunction with the sizeable financial requirements for the preparation had brought me to a standstill. The scholarship helped me buy equipment, take two trips abroad for competitions and in general supported me in the long road to reach the World Aquatics Championship in South Korea. Thank you very much!”

Theodora Drakou

Swimming Athlete

Neraida Floating Museum

An additional part of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation’s activities is the operation of the Neraida Floating Museum, the objective of which is, among other things, to promote the country’s shipping, maritime and business history, as well as to contribute to the protection of the marine environment, through activities of an educational, informative and scientific nature.

Museum Operation

The Neraida Floating Museum is berthed at Flisvos Marina and operates with free admission for the general public. Its visitors have the opportunity to tour its premises and get acquainted with the museum's collection, which recounts both the story of the ship itself, the passenger ship “Neraida”, one of the emblematic ships of Greek short-sea shipping that sailed in the Argo-Saronic gulf from 1950 to 1974, and the chronicle of its reconstruction into a modern and seaworthy floating museum, as well as the business journey of its owner, John Latsis, which spans most of the 20th century.

In 2019, the Neraida Floating Museum participated in the celebratory events of the International Museum Day with the theme: “Museums as Cultural Hubs: the future of tradition”. By selecting this theme, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) aimed to highlight the significant and dual role of Museums. Apart from organisations for the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage, Museums have now evolved into communication hubs for peoples and cultures, striving to respond to the challenges of modern society and achieve a difficult balance between heritage and innovation, thereby contributing to the formation of a better future.

Against this background, the Neraida Floating Museum organised and offered to the general public for free, specially-themed guided tours entitled “Marine and maritime traditions through the exhibits of Neraida” and “Where do ships go when they grow old?”, as well as children’s workshops where children aged 6 to 11 years old had the opportunity to discover the secrets and history of the “Neraida” ship by participating in an original treasure hunt.

“Travelling with the Neraida: A Game on Board” Educational Programme

In 2019, the Neraida Floating Museum continued the implementation of the interactive educational programme “Travelling with Neraida: A Game on Board”, in collaboration with schools of primary education.

The programme is specially designed for the 3rd to 6th grade of primary school, takes places at the Museum’s premises free of charge and intends to familiarise children with the shipping history and tradition of the country. Qualified museum educators carry out a range of group games and experiential activities and encourage children, through play and discovery, to explore the historic ship, get to know aspects of Greek oceangoing and short-sea shipping of the 20th century and to investigate other themes, such as travelling and the sea, ships and navigation, communication and transports, people and memories.

The educational programme was implemented in collaboration with the primary schools of the A’ Athens Directorate of Primary Education (Municipalities of Athens, Galatsi, Dafni-Ymittos, Ilioupoli), the C’ Athens Directorate of Primary Education (Municipalities of Peristeri, Haidari), the D’ Athens Directorate of Primary Education (Municipalities of Alimos, Glyfada, Nea Smyrni, Moschato-Tavros), the Piraeus Directorate of Primary Education (Municipalities of Keratsini, Korydallos, Nikaia, Piraeus, Perama) and the Eastern Attica Directorate of Primary Education (Municipalities of Acharnes, Oropos).

“Thank you very much for the educative tour of the amazing Neraida ship you gave us. It answered a lot of questions. It was a very nice experience and I would gladly do it again!”

6th grade student, 23rd Primary School of Piraeus

“I believe that the trip to the floating museum was one the best trips we have ever had. The programme we attended was very interesting and I think creating such a museum was a very good idea.”

5th grade student, 29th Primary School of Acharnes

“I had a very good time at Neraida. Of all the Museums I’ve visited; this was the best as you learn through having fun and exploring. I would love to travel with this ship.”

4th grade student, 46th Primary School of Piraeus

Thoughts of students who participated in the educational programme “Travelling with Neraida: A Game on Board”.

1st Conference of Seaguards

The 1st Conference of Seaguards, organised by the non-profit organisation Safe Water Sports was held in October, at the Neraida Floating Museum, with the support of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation. During the Conference, one school from each region of Greece that excelled in the e-learning educational programme of Safe Water Sports during the school year 2018-2019, was awarded a “training suitcase” for safety at sea and in the water. Furthermore, the teachers who implemennteed the programme presented the activities of their school, while the students who attended the event participated in the guided tour and educational programme “Travelling with Neraida: A Game on Board” that is implemented by the Neraida Floating Museum.

The schools that excelled and received awards are:

  1. Attica Region: 1st Primary School of Aghios Stefanos

  2. North Aegean Region: 3rd Primary School of Myrina, Lemnos

  3. Western Greece Region: 12th Primary School of Patras

  4. Western Macedonia Region: Primary School of Asvestopetra, Kozani & Primary School of Olympiada, Kozani

  5. Epirus Region: Primary School of Eleousa, Arta

  6. Ionian Islands Region: Primary School of Spartilas, Corfu

  7. Crete Region: Primary School of Gournes

  8. Central Greece Region: 8th Primary School of Chalkida

  9. Central Macedonia Region: Primary School of Nea Kerdylia, Serres

  10. Thessaly Region: Primary School of Larissa

  11. Peloponnese Region: Primary School of Sperchogia, Messinia

  12. Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Region: 1st Primary School of Komotini

  13. South Aegean Region: 8th Primary School of Rhodes

The ultimate goal of the conference is for this educational-training programme to “travel” to as many children as possible, since the schools of each area will be able to borrow the training suitcase from the school that excelled. The Safe Water Sports educational programme has managed to inform-train more

than 40,000 students to date.

“Young Reporters for the Environment” Seminar

The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature, national operator of the Programme for Environmental Education “Young Reporters for the Environment”, held a two-day educative seminar for teachers of secondary education on the topic “Circular Economy - Society: The Voice of the Youth”, that took place at the Neraida Floating Museum in November 2019.

The purpose of the seminar was for the participating teachers to act as reporters; to get to know and familiarise themselves with the main principles and techniques of writing an article, preparing an interview as well as taking videos and photographs, and then through experiential workshops to produce their own material in relation to the topical issue of circular economy and the need to develop and implement it.