Centre of Life is a recognized, non-governmental, non-profit organization, found in 1991 as an initiative of friends. Frank Olcvary played a leading part and was the inspiration and driving force of the association during its first years.
The foundation of Centre of Life came at a period where the existence of AIDS and its consequences were already known to the world; however the majority of people in Greece was ignorant and had little information on the issue. From the very beginning of its operation, core goal of the Organization was from the one hand the education of people on AIDS and on the other hand the support of HIV positive people, in order for them not to live in an environment of isolation, fear and abandonment.
The Centre of Life has offices in Athens and Thessaloniki and constitutes the first Greek organization that with unique programs, expertise, scientific training and the spirit of its people, continues to work intensively for the education and the information of the public, concerning HIV and/or AIDS.
Support and information
Centre of Life has as core value the support of people living with HIV/AIDS. Having this in mind, it offers a number of services in order for people living with HIV, their families, their partners and their social surroundings to be supported with every possible help (psychological, social, moral, legal, financial etc).
The services of Centre of Life are offered free of charge, with absolute confidentiality and respect to the privacy of every personal information and without any discrimination against gender, sexual orientation and nationality.
At the same time, through targeted actions and complete training programs, Centre of Life appeals to all audiences offering valid and full information on HIV and AIDS, as well as the fight against stigma that people living with HIV/AIDS face. These actions are implemented in:
- Universities and Schools
- Private and Public Companies
At the same time, aiming to the support of the Organization fighting stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV/AIDS, nation-wide campaigns are being conducted for the general public.