SINCE the Spring of 2014, Action Aid Hellas opened its first store in Greece, just round the corner from the Acropolis metro station’s Dyionissiou Aeropagitou exit, on Veikou St in the Koukaki neighbourhood.
ActionAid International brings together its work against poverty, co-ordinated by its International Secretariat, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. They work with over 15 million people in 45 countries. The organisation’s manifesto is to “focus on the people that others forget. People in poverty. People who face discrimination. People whose voices are ignored.” Women’s rights, climate change, countries facing major conflicts and all their humanitarian consequences, HIV and Aids, food and land rights, education and youth are amongst the chief areas that Action Aid addresses.
The store, which has “make a stopover, create change” as its motto, is welcoming and polished, with friendly staff and selling a colourful variety of ethnic and local products. Clothing promoting the organisation, accessories such as jewellery, decor items, books and notebooks, handcrafted objects from around the world and food items grace its shelves.
My favourite section is the food products where I have often lingered to select Fair Trade chocolates from various lands, exotic spice mixes, teas, coffees and even Greek bio products made by small businesses. Prices are reasonable and profits go directly to the organisation.
The Action Aid store is open Tuesday-Thursday-Friday from 11am-20:00,
Wednesday 11am-18:00, Saturday 10:00-16:00 and is closed Monday.