The Hellenique Fondation (HF) in Paris is appealing to private sources to ensure it can continue housing Greek university students in the French capital.
Also known as the Greek House, the HF was built in 1932 by architect Nikolas Zachos on the initiative of then Greek Ambassador Nikolas Politis, and over the years it has hosted a great number of Greek students, among them many famous intellectuals.
According to Maria Gravari-Barbas, director of HF and a Professor at University Paris 1, the student rooms are in an urgent need of renovation so the facility can meet the safety requirements and building standards set by the French authorities.
If the necessary renovations are not undertaken soon, the building may have to be shut down. Renovation work to be done includes updating the electrical wiring, replacing the old plumbing pipes and installing individual showers and toilets in the rooms.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is making a gift of 1.1 million euros, on condition that the Foundation raises 400,000 euros by the end of the year so that renovations can begin in June, 2019.
HF has launched two campaigns. The first is called “A Room in Your Name”, where donors may adopt one of the 80 rooms for 2,500 euros. Forty-five rooms have already been adopted, with names listed the FH website: https://fondation-hellenique.fr/nos-mecenes-et-donateurs-actuels/
The second campaign is a crowdfunding effort, aiming to raise 50,000 euros to meet accesibility requirements for people with reduced mobility. Contibutions starting from 20 euros can be made here: https://dartagnans.fr/fr/projects/rendons-accessible-la-fondation-hellenique/campaign