Hellenic Open University Conferences, International Conference on Business & Economics of the Hellenic Open University 2015

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A Different Food Organization: The case-study of NGO 'Boroume'
Sofia Alexopoulou

Building: Titania
Room: Omiros
Date: 2015-02-07 09:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Last modified: 2015-01-27

Abstract


The financial crisis that hit Greece during 2009 had, undoubtedly, a huge impact on the standard of living of many Greek people. As a result, thousands of them confronted major economic difficulties, uncertainty and at some cases the “ghost” of (relative) poverty. However, the outbreak of this economic disaster was also an opportunity for the foundation of new Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s). These NGO’s are aiming to assist those in great need (poor) and to provide some basic goods that are indispensable to every human being so as to lead a decent life. Accordingly, it became clear that the so-called “Third/Voluntary Sector” tends to participate dynamically to the important work of social relief by replacing to some extent the mainstream institutions (welfare services). An exceptional case in point is the NGO “Boroume”, which struggles to establish a stable communication hub between those who have additional food and wish to donate it and those who need it (welfare institutions, soup-kitchens, municipal social services, etc).

This paper focuses on presenting a very challenging and new organization, NGO “Boroume”, to the Greek public and if it is possible to set the good example for other non-profit organizations of similar nature. Lastly, the paper at hand is the scientific offspring of a structured interview that took place with the team of NGO “Boroume”.


Keywords


NGO “Boroume”, food aid, poverty and philanthropy