About us

Our Story

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.”

The people

Fay Orphanidou
Co-founder - Director
Eva Douzina
Co-founder
Mara Dimopoulou
Program Assistant &
Office Manager

Leadership

Executive Director and co-founder of Katheti Fay Orfanidou completed her undergraduate studies in Greek Civilization and holds postgraduate degrees in Social Science as well as in Education and Human Rights. For 20 years, has worked as a translator of English, Spanish, Italian, and German and also worked in the civil society field, for WWF Hellas and Fair Trade Hellas. In 2013, she co-founded Litrivi, a cultural center in Poros.

Katheti’s co-founder Eva Douzinas studied Economics at Wesleyan University and completed an MBA at the New York University. She 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. She is also a board member of the Rauch Foundation based in New York.

Staff & Volunteers

Program Assistant and Office Manager Mara Dimopoulou is a visual artist, graduate of the Fine Arts School. She does paintings and installations. She has participated in many exhibitions since 2010 and is a member of the EN-FLO team since 2011. She has coordinated several group exhibitions throughout Greece and she is the instructor of Katheti’s Painting Workshop.

Since Katheti’s beginning, several people have supported Katheti as volunteers. Each volunteer has played a part in what we’re trying to achieve at Katheti: offering Greek language lessons, teaching workshops, translating, organizing events and activities and informing the pulic about Katheti’s work. You can read more about volunteering at Katheti here.

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.

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 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.