Actors of Greek descent Nia Vardalos and John Stamos joined forces with The Hellenic Initiative to launch an online campaign for the rebuilding of Lyreion Orphanage, destroyed during the summer wildfires in Eastern Attica.
The Hellenic Initiative is an organization founded in 2012 to support Greece during times of hardship. So far, 200,000 dollars have been deposited in a bank account the organization has opened under the name “The Hellenic Initiative Wildfire Relief Fund”. The 45 children housed in the Lyreion orphanage have found temporary refuge in another structure of Attica.
“My heart aches for these orphaned children who’ve been displaced from their home,” Nia Vardalos said. “ Greeks living around the world care about Greece and rebuilding this orphanage is a way to help these children in need,” she continued. “As a new father, the perils these children face hit me particularly hard,” said first-time father John Stamos.