“ZEUXIS” means to connect, to bring together, to bridge.
This is what ZEUXIS, a non-profit founded in 2018, aspires to achieve.
Most particular, ZEUXIS aims at:
- Creating Bridges between vulnerable people and all of us who can give them our help.
- Offering substantial support with high quality services to people, mainly those who are vulnerable, such as minors, refugees and migrants, single-parent families, victims of trafficking etc.
- Connecting State agencies and competent authorities with stakeholders from the civil society and other organisations in order to achieve added value through the synergies so that those in need benefit the most.
- Assisting not only to the direction of covering the gaps is specific fields of humanitarian intervention (i.e. shelters for UAMs, other social services etc) but also providing high level services towards the best use of existing funds and of human capital.
Before ZEUXIS brought all of us together, we already had accumulated a vast, substantial and constructive experience from the front line of dealing with migration, asylum and human rights. This was the result of ZEUXIS’s team involvement in the management of mixed migratory flows (reception, registration, hosting, and protection) as well as in the formation of the legal framework in Greece in these fields.
Also, we had the opportunity to gain a first-hand experience both in theory and in practice regarding the reception and asylum systems in other EU countries, which enables us to implement best practices in our projects and maintain a network of partners and advisors literally throughout Europe.
Our team is experienced in managing and implementing EU and other programs and projects through successful and effective partnerships between different stakeholders such as State and EU agencies, International Organisations and NGOs.
In ZEUXIS our main goal and ambition is to make a real difference in the lives of people in need. We have selected to start our activities with projects whose aim is to provide protection and support minors, as they are the most vulnerable and the frailest.
So far we have created a Shelter for Unaccompanied Minor Girls called “OIKOS” and a Day Center for the provision of psychosocial support to minor refugees and migrants.
By adopting best practices that have been implemented successfully in Greece and other countries we seek to implement projects through synergies with other organisations that have stood out for the quality and effectiveness in their activities.
Founder – Director
Panagiotis Nikas served as Director of the First Reception Service - FRS (2012-2016) in the Ministry of Migration Policy. The FRS was the competent Authority for the creation and operation of First Reception Centers (Hotspots), as well as for some Open Reception Centers for refugees and migrants. He was Coordinator of the National Action Plan for Asylum and Migration in Greece.
He is a lawyer and holds a B in Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Public Management, Athens University of Economics and Business.