ZURICH – It is never too late or too early to be taught the real value of social contribution” quotes the website of the Greece-based non-governmental organization Boroume.gr. Some weeks ago, the organization received an email by journalist Massimo Agostinis, who works for the Swiss National Radio. He asked officials of Boroume to talk about their contribution to Greek society as well as Greece’s general current situation.
The Greek organization mentioned the financial and social problems that Greek people are facing but also tried to show that Greece’s image is not totally negative, as it is currently presented. They referred to volunteering work offered by thousands of Greek businessmen daily who collaborate with Boroume to help Greek people who cannot even afford to buy their daily meals.
Boroume connects poor people with restaurants, taverns, bakeries and hotels who offer food to the needy instead of throwing it away. Evelyn Gabriel, teacher at the Hardau kindergarten in Zurich, heard the show and decided to help the Greek organization and teach her pupils what active social contribution means. Inspired by Boroume actions, she asked her students to do something useful for the broader European society and mostly, for Greek people.
The German word “steinreich” means “stinking rich” in the English language. It is composed by the words “stein” and “reich” meaning “rock” and “wealthy” respectively and thus, Swiss children along with their teacher decided to collect as many rocks they could, paint them and sell them, to make Greek kids “rich” in a sense. All the money raised, was sent to Boroume.gr. More than 5,000 portions of food are offered to poor people daily instead of being wasted. If you’d like to support the organization, visit the website www.boroume.gr.