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Title :Open business models in health and wellness industries: the S.A.F.E. initiative
Creator :Katsoulaki, Marianna
Contributor :Ioannidis, Antonios (Επιβλέπων καθηγητής)
Athens University of Economics and Business, Department of Business Administration (Degree granting institution)
Athens University of Economics and Business, Department of Marketing and Communication (Degree granting institution)
Type :Text
Extent :55p.
Language :en
Abstract :The past three years the world has been facing its biggest demographic change since World War II. People are forced to live their homes with the hope of a better future. A vast number of unaccompanied minors made that journey too in an attempt to find peace again. These children were physically and mentally affected with the worse way possible, ripped by their families and the safety of their home. The first stop towards their journey to Northern European countries was Greece and specifically the Eastern Aegean Islands which were severely affected. Huge numbers of refugees were arriving at the shores of Chios, Lesvos and Samos, locals became intolerant to the state’s absence and the situation escalated. Volunteers and non-profit organizations (NGOs) from all over the world arrived in the Islands to help with the situation and a lot of Greek NGOs arose from this crisis. The idea of S.A.F.E initiative was created, after I got involved with another non-profit organization that helps unaccompanied minors find a safe place. It was then, when I realized the huge impact of refugee crisis in people’s lives. After experiencing that, in a minimized degree from the field of Athens, I couldn’t be more sure for my decision of this business plan. Although Chios Island receives a significant number of refugees and unaccompanied minors, there are not enough structures to support these intakes. The initials S.A.F.E stand for Surpass, Achieve, Facilitate, and Educate and describe a non-profit organization (ΑΜΚΕ) that will be established to address the issue of unaccompanied minors in Chios Island. Thus, the main objective of the S.A.F.E initiative is the provision of medical support, education and a safe environment for the refugee children that arrive in Chios and must coexist with the general refugee population in adult camps under awful conditions. Two more NGOs are active in the Island, Ark of the World and Metadrasis, who offer similar services with regards to the accommodation and education but the needs of the unaccompanied minors are not fully covered. The solution that we bring to the problem is the reduction of the refugee population in Chios by accommodation and education of the unaccompanied young boys aged 14-18 years old that arrive in the Island. This initiative will boost local economy by creating new jobs for the locals and the refugees and it will change the dynamics of the relationship between local & refugee community. We offer a shelter and a refugee school that will enhance children's mental health and equip them with new skills and competences. The main requirement for the project implementation is finding a partner that would be in charge of the shelter’s and school’s operation. Partnerships will be pursued with local NGOs and once found, the partners will help us complete the necessary steps towards the completion of the project. The S.AF.E initiative will include an executive team for the needs of the administrative support and social scientists, psychologists, and other relevant staff on the field of Chios Island. The executive team will report to the Board of Directors who will be setting the strategy of the organization. The S.A.F.E organization is structured based on the five features of a non-profit which are the organization, privacy, self-governing, non-profit distribution and voluntary participation. We estimate that a budget of around 320.000€ will be needed for the onset of this project that includes the yearly costs of Office, Shelter and School operation for 2018. There is a starting fund of 50.000€ from one of our benefactors and the AMIF funding has already been approved for the shelter and the school. Other funds will be found through ESPA (2014-2020) program, crowdfunding campaigns and yearly events. Donations will be accepted and categorized as monetary and in-kind (material, services) donations. With the beginning of 2018 the office will be operated by the executive team who will be responsible for the smooth completion of the whole project. Given that the S.A.F.E initiative would be located in Athens, different ways of monitoring our project and evaluating its progress will be implemented for controlling the shelter and the school in Chios. According to our predictions enough revenues will produced to cover the expenses even from the first year of operation and the profit will steadily rise due to the people’s awareness regarding the benefits of the project.
Subject :Surpass, Achieve, Facilitate and Educate(S.A.F.E.)
Open business model
Health industries
Welness industries
Non-profit organizations
Date :2017
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File: Katsoulaki_2017.pdf

Type: application/pdf