The project is implemented by ZEUXIS in partnership with IOM and it is funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union (DG HOME). It aims at providing protection and assistance services to Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMCs) hosted in the Safe Area (SA) of Leros Reception and Identification Center (RIC). 
ZEUXIS intervention aspires to UMCs’ integration from the border. It unfolds around 2 major axes: psychosocial support and non-formal education, through an interdisciplinary approach.
Psychosocial support is a manifold and multilayer process that includes -among other:
  • Psychosocial History intake → to have a thorough insight to each UMC in terms of experiences, personality and aspirations, so as to design an individual intervention
  • Individual sessions with the Social Worker/ the Psychologist: consultancy, therapy & co-designing the “Minor’s Development Plan” → to enhance participation, to overcome difficulties and/or trauma, to empower the UMCs to set and pursuit their personal goals
  • Psychosocial Group sessions → to share important knowledge/information, to enhance team bonding and peace building, to engage the UMCs through experience, to empower their soft and emotional skills such as cooperation and resilience, to provide them with life skills
Non-formal education aims at the UMCs’ development of physical, emotional and cognitive/ creative skills:
  • Using the communicative methodology of teaching a foreign/second language → to serve the UMCs’ communication needs on a daily basis
  • Through experiential and participatory activities → to engage students and enhance learning results 
  • Project-based lessons → to acquire holistic knowledge regarding a topic
  • Recreational activities → to invite imagination in the educational process
  •  Sport activities → to release energy and exercise, to promote a healthy life style 
  • Commitment to operation rules and ownership of procedures → to ensure personal and communal hygiene, security and well-being, to promote responsibility and accountability
December 2019 marked the initiation of ZEUXIS intervention in the SA of Leros RIC.
The context, the operation plan and the overall outcomes during the first weeks of the project are outlined below:


• 55 UMCs accommodated in LEROS RIC SA
• 1 UMC transferred to mainland
• 12 members of staff on the field (Coordinator, Interpreters, Social worker, Psychologist, Educator, Driver, Caregivers)
• Basic support:
Interpretation in Arabic and Farsi
Transportation and escorts
Two (2) snacks per day
Establishment of daily routines (hygiene and ground rules in the Safe Area)
Establishment of communication and collaboration with local organizations and services
• Psychosocial support :
50 Psychosocial history intakes
37 Referrals to medical services inside the RIC
9 Referrals / escorts for specialized care outside the RIC
4 Individual sessions with the psychologist & the social worker
20 health cards issued
• Education, recreation and leisure:
Initiation of “Survival” Greek language lessons
Afternoon support of UMCs enrolled educational programs outside of the RIC
Sport activities: football & participation in a football tournament Festivities (pizza dinner on Christmas and traditional sweats on New Year’s Eve)
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