Helping poor Paralimni families since 1998
By Peter Stevenson Published on February 28, 2013
THE DISTRICTS of Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos have only this year begun working towards gathering food for needy families through creating community markets, but Paralimni has been operating one for the last 15 years.
St. Christopher’s Centre for Offering and Love (KEPA) in Paralimni has been quietly operating since 1998 as a community market, helping the residents of the Famagusta district.
KEPA is a registered charity that was founded in 1996 by the late father Evelthontas Charalambous. It is housed next-door to a modern old people’s home, in a private building where a school for children with special needs operates.
“The centre, along with other charitable foundations, provides solace to needy families in the Famagusta district,” a statement from KEPA said.
“Every year, since 1998, KEPA has given out a total of 15,000 portions of warm food through a special programme,” it continued. “In conjunction with Famagusta Welfare Office the centre gives out ‘Baskets of Love’ which contain necessary foods for families,” it added.
In 2010, KEPA gave out 600 baskets. In 2011 it gave out 850. Last year the number reached 1,300. Since the turn of the year, KEPA has also contributed to giving breakfast to needy school children at Paralimni Gymnasium.
The centre accepts contributions from residents of the area and products from different companies to insure that it operates effectively.
Eleni Gourounia and her husband Anastasis volunteer at the centre and have been overwhelmed by the increase in needy families. “Four years ago we gave 200 baskets a year,” she said. “In 2012 we gave more than 1,300 baskets to needy families,” she added. “We help out as much as we can and we thank all of those who support our work,” she concluded.
Those who would like to contribute to the centre are urged to call Father Evelthontas Demetris on 99 68 41 50.
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