Collecting funds for social solidarity projects in Greece & demonstrating that European citizens demand respect for its democratic choices


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From People to People is an initiative of INTERDEMOS a group of 7 indviduals. From People to People aims at collecting a significant solidarity fund for Greece, demonstrating in a spectacular manner the  solidarity of European citizens and residents with Greece at a critical historical moment. We have two cross-supporting objectives: to finance grassroots social solidarity actions in Greece, while guaranteeing that their development will not be stopped by a financial strangling of Greece by its creditors; creating a positive political impact in the negotiations for the reduction of the burden of the debt by demonstrating that the peoples are more generous than governments who conduct policies for the benefit of rent-seekers.


Sophie Wahnich and Marie Cosnay tells you why you should donate to the project in the two videos that follow (English subtitles are on the way for the first one). For more information on the project see its presentation video (for English subtitles, click on "CC").


SItuation in Greece




Video produced by the Solidarity Clinic of Helleniko (in Athens)  

Greece bore an outrageous human and social cost as a result of the policies that were forced upon it to manage a debt that eventually only worsened. You will find a detailed and frightening description of the situation in this recently published report from Solidarity4all. Follow a few figures that illustrate this: Unemployment increased by 274% since 2009, the average household income has dipped by 30% (and pensions by 45%), poverty has sky rocketed in this time but 505 Greek people hold 60 billion euros in 2013, an increase of 10 billion on the previous year. There is more, beyond employment and means of living : the health system was destroyed, education and culture have been deprived of vital resources, the number of suicides has increased by 43% in 4 years and the rate of mental breakdown has multiplied by 4, 600,000 to a million migrants which found solace in Greece are now living in increasingly dire conditions. Even though they are not subjected to Golden dawn's persecutions as often as they were since the organisation's leaders have been arrested, the recent events in the retention center of Amygdaleza are evidence of the terrible situation that migrants are facing in Greece.



Figures will not replace testimonies. Hence the videos featured here – see above and below, subtitles are on the way – which were shot in December 2011 by anthropologist Ariane Zographos, as part of a Register of grievances, produced for Mediapart and the association Lucien Faber. Since then the economical and social situation has worsened still, yet hope has slowly risen in the last few months. We feel it is therefore our duty to do what we can so it doesn't subside.



Genesis of the project


We initially started designing separate projects before discovering that they could be brought together into a single one. As writers, researchers, teachers, documentary filmmakers and activists , we are all engaged into grassroots actions in the field of open education, cultural practices, shared innovation using commons schemes. We share a common vision of contributing to the human development and the democratic capabilities of each person.


A French-Greek partnership




Solidarity4all is the main structure financing and federating grassroot projects in Greece. Its funding arm, Support to the Solidarity Structures Fund, will receive the collected funds. We have fostered a relationship with them that will continue to grow as we set-up and deliver the projects. We must however remain modest as to the role Interdemos will play in the future even if we assume new members will join : we will aim to guaranty the selected projects are in accordance with the original enunciated aims and that they are adequately managed and will endeavour to suggest new directions through our numerous greek contacts. Find more below under Why fund it?


INTERDEMOS principal aim though will be to collect resources that Solidarity4All could not raise without a commitment from French civil society.




Which projects will receive the funds ?


The collected funds will be integrally used for social solidarity actions in Greece (after the costs of collecting the funds have been deduced by KissKissBankBank). They will be transferred to Support to the Solidarity Structures Fund non-profit association collecting funds for solidarity actions in Greece. The distribution of the funds will be managed (in collaboration with us - the Interdemos group) by our Greek partner Solidarity4all. Solidatity4all federates grassroots initiatives in all domains of social solidarity: social restaurants, social groceries, private teaching courses for low-income children and adults, alternative cultural and entertainment spaces, legal counselling, support to migrants. Solidarity4all does not conduct directly these actions, but supports their development and scaling.



                  Source of photo: Solidarity4all


Since Solidarity4all was created in 2012, structures of solidarity have been multiplying fast in Greece. This explosion is due to the depth of the crisis as well as the citizens' resolve in facing up to it. Solidarity4all played a major part in accompanying such change in a context of increasing hope. The table below hints at the growth of the structures in 3 areas. Far from a complete view, it leaves out the multitude of initiatives in education, culture, housing, jurisdictional aid, insolvency and support to migrants. Still, in spite of this, needs are far from met and the geographical repartition remains unequal as the region of Athens benefits from better coverage.





            Source of photo: Solidarity4all


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The additional means offered by De peuple à peuple will be used to reinforce existing structures as well as to create new ones and explore development areas, two of which are explored as possible scenarios in the following section entitled “What will funds be used for?"


Which guarantees of good governance ?


We have inspected the social object defined in the status of Support to the Solidarity Structures Fund and found that the independent status that Solidarity4all enjoyed did guaranty that all funds were exclusively dedicated to the financing of social solidarity actions, excluding any financing of political parties, including for Syriza, though its elected MPs financed the fund with up to 20% of their pay.


The Support to the Solidarity Structures Fund is currently reviewing its board to avoid any conflict of interest, as several members have become members of the new governement. For instance, Theano Fotiou, its president, is now Alternate Minister for Social Solidarity. We will let you know as the new board is being put in place, but all members of government have already ceased to participate to the decision-making process.


We were granted a guaranty of transparency for all financial in-and-out the fund, so that we are in a position of auditing that they are correctly atributed to Solidarity4all and the grassroot initiatives it supports.


Before any money is transferred, we will sign a convention with Solidarity4all to define the frame in which money shall be used (depending on the amounts collected and of the general situation of the country at that point) and the reports to be delivered as it gets spent.




Why fund it?

How will be the money be used ?


Up to the posted target


Our minimal target of €300,000 will be used over a period of two years to reinforce existing actions led by Solidarity4all, multiplying the number of structures it can support and enabling further development by extending its regional reach and opening new possibilities in areas that could not be considered.


Funded projects will be selected one at a time over a period of two years. None are predefined as Solidarity4all is dedicated to responding to grassroot initiatives helping them gaining strength and power.


Among the themes that have not yet been developed and yet could: Issues in relation to credit (people to people loans for which KissKissbankbank has a precious expertise), housing and elderly care are all critical. Health issues will remain at the forefront as the shattering of the Health system will have had long term cumulative effects, even if the new found hope will contribute to overcoming them.


If a true solidarity movement is initiated (and it now is down to you), it will be possible to collect a lot more than the stated objective. We have designed two scenarios that depend on the way the situation will evolve as major countries (Germany and France in particular), the ECB and the European Commission will react.


Scenario 1 : Unrelenting financial pressure on Greece


Even if it may seem absurd, we cannot at this time rule out the possibility that european states, the ECB and the european commission persist in financially suffocating Greece to break the democratic will of the people and to force it to leave the Euro and the European Union. It would be a historical tragedy and we hope that it will be avoided. But our sense of responsability would in that scenario only be strengthened.


I n such a scenario, the additional funds will carry on being used in areas supported by solidarity4all to an extended scale. It will be an organisational challenge, but it will also be a humanitarian emergency situation. Never forget that in their accountancy delirium, those who currently benefit the debt actually estimate it at 277 billion euros or € 30 000 per resident.


Scenario 2 : a breath of fresh air


In the only reasonable scenario, a significant part of the debt will be canceled and some adjustments will be found for the remaining part. Even then, a major reconstruction phase will start. The household debt is high too, partly because it was encouraged by previous policies and because it became necessary to survive.


In this scenario, we suggest that the first additional € 200,000 be used within the current perimeter, but include new actors that will be approached by Solidarity4all and identified by INTERDEMOS.


The next €300,000 (beyond the €500,000 mark) will be used to put in place new mechanisms of decentralised credits and other forms of action that will alleviate the burden of the debt for the most underpriviledged. It will endeavour to help them supporting themselves, regaining autonomy and free themselves from the age-old slavery of the debt once abolished by Solo in 594 before Christ at the time of the foundation of the Athenian democracy. (See our second counterparty). It would also be used to support collective thinking on what solidarity structures should become as the crisis fades away as well as initiating such necessary change. The argentinian structure, with its proliferation of experiences most of which disappeared as the crisis ended shows how necessary it is.


Lastly, if the fund should reach the 1 million mark, specific actions will be organised, using that share of €200,000 in education, cultural and artistic projects as well as efforts to enrich the democratic debate.


We would like to note that the more money will be collected the stronger the message the citizens of France and Europe will be sending through to governments, thus making it more likely that the second scenario actually wins. We will carry this message loud and clear on all digital and traditional media and will hope you are able to do the same.




INTERDEMOS brings together 7 people : *** Sophie Wahnich : *** Laure Vermeersch : Filmmaker, she is just finishing Alcyons-Αλκυονίδες shot with the neighbourhood solidarity organization of Fyll in Athens, supporting and celebrating for the first time a marriage (Marilena and Andreas') during the election week of 25 January. *** Regina Mantanika... See more

FAQ Questions about the project

+ Who presents this projects?

7 individuals gathered under the name INTERDEMOS. See Interdemos' profile for a brief presentation of each. One of us participates under a pseudonym and another can not appear nominatively.

+ Will you finance the reimbursement of the debt?

NO ! Not a cent will go to the present creditors of an artificially inflated debt. These creditors would like to keep it perpetually at a level that remunerates them with a rent, while preventing Greece to reconstruct itself with new social choices. However, we do hope that, if successful, our initiative, at its modest level, will send a message that will reinforce the chances of cancellation of a significant part of the debt. See our second reward.

+ Why is the rationale behind a target of 500 000 €?

We consider this sum to be the threshold that must be reached in order to obtain the symbolic and political impact of such grassroots solidarity. Meanwhile it remains in a range where the funds can be managed efficiently for social solidarity actions of various types. On this side, the needs are enormous and if funds are collected well above the posted target will still be very useful. See the "Why fund it" section of the project presentation.

+ Did you not profit also from the Greek debt?

We did. One of us has significant financial assets and like anybody who held investment in bonds most likely profited significantly from the interest on the Greek or other European countries' debts From people to people will make possible for this person to give back to social solidarity what was built against it. It is utmostly important that such defectors exist. If you are in a similar situation, your donations will be also most welcome.

+ Do you communicate by other channels?

Yes. Besides the online medium Mediapart that supports us, we have a twitter account @interdemos, a blog at (that provides various tools to relay the project: banners, flyers), a Facebook page at as well as video channels on Vimeo and YouTube. This complements the news that will be published here and sent to donors and followers. Other channels will be put in place depending on the involvment of volunteers (see next question).

+ Besides donating, what can I do for the project?

We need volunteers for translations to German, Dutch and Greek (texts, video subtitles); for sorting large sets of comments or emails for later processing; for participating into the work of monitoring social networks and media.
Write to: volontaires [at] interdemos [dot] net
to volunteer, explaining your prior experience with the task for which you volunteer, your motivation and your degree of knowledge of the subjects addressed in this project.

+ Media contact point ?

If do not have our contact details, use this contact form:

+ What about Portugal, Spain, ...

You are right, citizens in these countries also should have are solidarity and the emerging grassroot movements there merit our support. Since you think about it, why don't you construct initiatives adapted to their specific situation, which governenment and parliament wise is still very different from Greece's.

Newest comments

Pardon, c'était pour que les gens qui arrivent trop tard sur cette belle initiative puissent néanmoins faire un virement s'ils le souhaitent. (Je ne sais pas si j'avais le droit de citer le mail reçu et j'ai fait un peu vite, ne sachant pas si on pouvait encore commenter après la fin.)
"Maintenant il reste à accomplir un acte essentiel : faire en sorte que malgré la non-atteinte de l'objectif, les fonds atteignent tout de même leur destinataire : le Fonds de soutien aux actions et structures de solidarité en Grèce." les virements internationaux sont gratuits dans la zone euro : Nom du destinataire : FUND OF SUPPORT TO INITIATIVES AND STRUCTURES OF SOCIAL SOLIDARITY Adresse du destinataire : 74, AKADIMIAS str., 106 78 ATHENS BIC : ETHNGRAA IBAN : GR59 0110 0400 0000 0404 8343 562 Normalement pas nécessaire mais en cas de besoin : Adresse de la succursale de la Banque : NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE, 86, AIOLOU str., 102 32 ATHENS, TEL. 210-3342262, CODE NUMBER OF THE BRANCH 40
Très bel exemple de fraternité populaire. Et pour paraphraser Robespierre : "Ce n’est pas sur l’étendue du territoire de la Grèce que se mesure l’importance de cette affaire, mais sur la hauteur des principes qui garantissent les Droits des Hommes et des Nations. La cause de la Grèce est celle de l’Univers."