Myrtillo: The Athenian café that hires people with special physical needs!

At the age of just two months, Sofia developed a high fever after her vaccination against pertussis, which led to a stroke, with the result that since then she has had particular movement difficulties. After her studies, she went out to look for a job, but because of her problem, she was not hired.

Michalis had the exact same problems trying to find a job, who experienced difficulties with physical movement after an accident he had suffered with a motorcycle when a motorist broke a red light.

After many attempts they both managed to find work at the social café Myrtillo. It is the first in its category of business in Greece where its staff consists of people who have some special type of physical needs.

Georgia Vamvounaki-Rafan, the creator of “Myrtillo” and president of the Social Cooperative Enterprise which is operated by vulnerable groups of young people, explains that everything offered is produced with the dedication of the 13 children who are part of the vulnerable groups and another three who are educated at “Myrtillo » through the KEK programs.

In fact, there is also a music and dance theater group for the entertainment of special patrons, Dagipoli by Giorgos Christakis explores and highlights the artistic possibilities that arise from the diversity of bodies.

This social cafe is located in Ampelokipi in the green entertainment area KAPAPS. The beautiful and quiet area where the cafe Myrtillo is housed was created after a concession from the Municipality of Athens. There, your attention will be drawn to the machines on which 57 years ago war invalids were trained in various arts.

The interior of the cafe is exquisitely decorated with colorful paintings that literally impress.

However, one should go to the Myrtillo cafe psychologically prepared, because it is a place that welcomes diversity with particular dignity, but you will be impressed by the great sense of camaraderie and solidarity with a particularly warm welcome.

The motto at Myrtillo cafe is: “Here we love diversity because each of us is something special and unique. And yet we are so alike.
Here we select the connection. Listen to us and tune in with us...”

Myrtillo, Trifylias and Lampsa, inside KAPAPS park, Contact numbers: 211-0123176, 6944-245719, opening hours: 9:00 – 23:00 (Monday – Sunday).


Source: Εναλλακτική Δράση by enallaktikidrasi.com.

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