The Charities We Are Supporting This Year

MELISSA School for Special Needs Children

Founded in 1995 by the Parents and Friends Association for Disabled People of Corfu, MELISSA is a vocational school for children over the age of 14 with Autism Spectrum disorders, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The school’s program provides special training, socialisation, psychological support, sports, theatre, games, independent living skills, music, computer training, educational excursions and summer camps.

The centre also operates a fully-functioning bakery out of the school and sells three types of cookies to visitors and several retailers on the island.

Since April 2006, the centre has also successfully taken part in the football tournaments for the Special Olympics, which has brought tremendous joy and excitement to everyone involved.

Thanks to the contributions and support of many caring and conscious citizens, MELISSA has been able to stay active. We encourage you to stand by these children and support MELISSA’s important and valuable work. People with special needs need our help every day. Through education, professional training, creative activities and occupational rehabilitation, MELISSA gives these children the chance of leading a life of care, integration and respect.

Find out how you can support MELISSA at

CARE - Corfu Animal Rescue Establishment

The Charity started 11 years ago when 8 puppies were found close to death in a dustbin. All were nursed back to health and subsequently, literally thousands of animals have been re-homed either in Greece, Germany, Austria and the UK.

CARE presently has a small shelter near Sidari, situated in the north of the island. With limited space and facilities, this means we sadly cannot take in all the reported strays but CARE has a mobile unit and along with groups of volunteers, CARE has set up feeding stations and the strerilization of these animals wherever possible. The CARE sanctuary offers temporary lodging for these animals whilst new homes are sourced.

Donations go towards vet bills including injections, operations, blood and urine tests and microchips. Food, bedding, rescue travel costs and a stray feeding programme are just some of the other areas your funding helps with.

Learn more about how you can support CARE at: