About us

Manifesto

Katheti is a cultural and educational center that serves the people of the Poros and Troizinia-Methana region. We support local artisans and entrepreneurs, students preparing for their futures, and all those who seek to expand their horizons, learn new skills, share knowledge, and celebrate the richness of our culture.

Our mission is to galvanize the deep expertise and creativity already resident in the local community and to provide the additional resources that encourage sustainable growth.

What is the significance of the name “Katheti”?

Katheti is the traditional fishing gear that has been used by generations of local families. Made from rectangular pieces of native cork, a weighted line, and simple hooks, it is a symbol of ingenuity and self-sufficiency.

Our name also reflects the inarguable insight of the adage: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Our Vision

  • To share our love for Greece and our belief in its great potential
  • To act as an incubator for the promotion of alternative ways of thinking, living, and working on a local, national, and global level
  • To serve and support the success of the region by fostering the artistic and educational community in the local area
  • To adopt best practices from around the world and make the local area a model for sustainable growth

Our Values

  • Do the right thing
  • Help others to reach their potential and help themselves
  • Continue to improve and seek out best practices
  • Take responsibility for ourselves and our future
  • Be open-minded and Inclusive

Our Story

Katheti is a new organization with deep roots in Poros.  Co-founders Eva and Fay are inspired by their grandmothers Lili and Froso, two remarkable women who spent their entire lives on Poros island. The name Katheti honors their legacy of self-sufficiency and their life-long love of fishing and the cultural traditions of the island.

Katheti is a creative space where people come to meet, learn, share ideas, and develop new skills, and celebrate the arts. Our programs are currently held in Galatas on 25th March Street, as well as in other venues in the local area. Activities include cinema and book club, skill building and career development seminars and services, Greek language and culture courses, as well as exhibitions featuring the work of local artists.

Katheti’s future home will be the old tavern “Sotiris” in Pounta, located on Poros’ seaside road. Once we complete renovations, Katheti will introduce a range of programs that celebrate the visual and performing arts.

Management

EVA DOUZINAS

Eva Douzinas grew up on Long Island, New York and spent her summers on Poros with her paternal grandparents. After completing her BA in economics from Wesleyan University and an MBA from New York University, Eva co-founded a successful shipping software company and served on the leadership team for nearly 15 years.  As an experienced entrepreneur, she is now focused on establishing Katheti as a model for sustainable growth and community development. Eva is also a board member of the Rauch Foundation based in New York.

FAY ORPHANIDOU

Fay Orphanidou was born in Athens, grew up in Piraeus, and has spent much of her life in Lemonadosos and Poros. She completed her undergraduate studies in Greek Civilization and holds postgraduate degrees in Social Science as well as in Education and Human Rights. For the past 20 years, Fay has served as a translator of English, Spanish, Italian, and German and has also worked in the civil society field for both WWF Hellas and Fair Trade Hellas. In 2013, Fay co-founded Litrivi, a cultural community center in Poros.

Our place

We wish Katheti to be a creative space where people come to meet, learn, share ideas, improve themselves, and get inspired.

At its place in Galatas, at 25th Martiou St., as well as in other places around the local area, Katheti organizes educational and cultural activities addressed not only to children and youth, but also to the general public. A cinema and book club, skill building and professional development seminars and services, Greek language and culture lessons, and art exhibitions are some of Katheti’s first fields of interest.

In the meantime, the renovation of Katheti’s future “home”, which will be located at the old tavern belonging to Sotiris Kerras at Pounta, on Poros esplanade, will start soon. There, Katheti will be able to develop a wider range of activities, such as visual and performing arts events.

Come near us

You can support Katheti in different ways, such as by donating in money or kind, or by volunteering, gaining useful professional experience in different projects next to skilled mentors and receiving a certificate, whilst giving back to the community. Contact us for more information by leaving your name and email below.

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«Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.»
Traditional Chinese saying
«It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.»
Epictetus
«What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.»
Jane Goodall
«Love responsibility. Say: It is my duty, and mine alone, to save the earth. If it is not saved, then I alone am to blame.»
Nikos Kazantzakis