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

During January 2020 the team on the field was complemented with 3 more members – caregivers. ZEUXIS in collaboration with IOM took over the medical examinations by the specialized doctor and managed to offer a whole and appropriate treatment for the medical problems that the UMCs were facing.

The context as well as the quantitative outcome during this period is outlined below:


• 51 UMCs accommodated in LEROS RIC SA
• 6 UMC transferred to mainland
• 15 members of staff on the field (Coordinator, Interpreters, Social worker, Psychologist, Educator, Driver, Caregivers)
• Basic support:
  ✓ 24h presence of caregivers

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 Social history intakes
16 Referrals to medical services inside the RIC
7 Referrals / escorts for specialized care outside the RIC
50 Individual sessions with the psychologist & the social worker
27 health cards issued
  ✓ Series of workshops “Who Am I?” for self awareness and empowerment
  ✓ 23 Minor's Development Plans

• Education, recreation and leisure:
39 “Survival” Greek language lessons
Afternoon support of UMCs enrolled educational programs outside of the RIC
  ✓ Recreational activities using recyclable material
Sport activities: football, hiking


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