The case of D.

The case of the 6-year-old D. is an example of the important, many times immediate, reward volunteer work offers. D. is a first grader from India who was born and raised locally. He speaks and understands Greek as if it were his mother tongue. His parents, overtime, have gradually been integrated in the local community and, in broken Greek, try to support him in his school life. His mother attends Greek language lessons at Katheti, so that she can develop her knowledge and be able to support him and his younger brother, a kindergartner, in their academic progress.

Since 2018, Katheti has been offering Greek language courses for immigrants and their children who need language assistance as part of their integration into the local community. The lessons continue and more and more students of different levels and ages come to Katheti to learn the language of the country in which they live. The lessons are being offered entirely by volunteers, with material and guidance provided by Katheti. It’s a work that requires will to give back, commitment and consistency, but it rewards you with satisfaction, inspiration and joy.

D.’s case is an excellent example. At school, D. was experiencing difficulties that are common in bilingual children. Specifically, he had a small, but significant for his development and his progress in tandem with his classmates, delay in learning to read and write. While he knew the letters and their sounds, it was very difficult for him to make combinations and form syllables.

His mother reached out to Katheti for help, and Katheti’s member educator Fay Orfanidou, (MA in Education and Human Rights) took the case personally on. With the decisive voluntary contribution of speech-therapist Maria Papadopoulou; through a series of exercises and reinforcing support, D. quickly showed significant improvement, which greatly boosted his confidence as well.

“And I did it!”

We asked from D. and his mother a few words about their experience. His mother told us: “We came with D. to Katheti because he had problems reading. He speaks fine and he understands fine. When he reads, he doesn’t understand. When we came, he could write the alphabet but when he had to write a word letter by letter, he seemed unable to understand it. He could not understand what letters were in the word. His teacher had told me that he couldn’t attend the class properly. That’s why we came here. I can’t help him study at home.

When he came to Katheti, slowly slowly, with Ms Fay, he learned to recognize, read and write two letters together at a time. Now, at home, he even started reading the letters from the products packages. He now combines letters and can understand what he reads. After he came to Katheti, he started understanding the letters in the words faster. Since he came to Katheti, he thinks and understands them faster. He has no problem anymore, he’s fine. Children who come from India, Albania, etc., such children who do not understand, need help like the help Katheti offered. If they do not understand, they should come here. We parents do not know Greek in order to help them. Such help is needed for our children.”

But let us give the floor to the protagonist of our story, the sweet six-year-old D. In his last lesson he said:

“I was coming to Katheti and reading with Ms Fay. We made some papers on which I wrote letters: K and A, KA. And we were making words. Today, that I came to see how I was doing, we wrote words on the board and I managed them all. I had a good time at Katheti. I like it here. When I came here, I was reading. And I did it!”

The case of D.’s gives us strength and joy to continue the work we started two years ago and to become better, evolving ourselves through the whole process.

Μένουμε σπίτι - We stay at home
Previous Article
We stay home
13 March 2020
Online painting workshop katheti
Next Article
Free Online Painting Workshop
24 March 2020

Recent Posts

24 December 2021

Despina Kappi talks to us about the role of psychotherapy in our lives, her course and her plans for the future. 

23 December 2021

The Cultural Association of Galatas “Friends of Tradition” was founded with the aim of promoting the area of Galatas and preserving the tradition and history of the area. 

olive tree
01 October 2021

We live in an area that can be described as land of the olive tree. An area with awards and tradition in the production of excellent quality olive oil.

01 October 2021

The exhibition that managed to build “Bridges” was visited by more than 2,500 people. It caused nostalgia and offered knowledge of the area and its culture.

01 October 2021

This summer Katheti flourished. She expanded and became active. But how? What did Katheti do in the summer of ’21?

24 July 2021

The beaches of Methana connect the wild beauty of the peninsula’s mountains with the endless blue of the sea.

01 July 2021

UNESCO has declared Lemonodasos a landscape of natural beauty and it is protected by the European Ramsar Treaty. We present the organization which fights for its revitalization.

paralies troizinias
29 June 2021

Summer and sea! A combination that both young and old people like. And our area has a lot of sea and many beaches!

Hiking trails of Poros, Troizhnia and Methana
28 May 2021

The hiking trails of Poros, Troizinia and Methana unfold in a place with special geography and variety of landscape.

27 April 2021

Our region, has an idyllic landscape and tradition in fishing and tourism. What better than a fishing trip with the Saronic Gulf as a view!

27 April 2021

Summer is coming and it smells like sea! Sun, sandy beaches, clear, blue waters, taverns, beach bars but also seclusion. Poros beaches offer many different options.

sustainable tourism featured image
29 March 2021

The sustainable tourism model is promoted and encouraged around the world, increasing the positives and reducing the negatives. How could sustainable tourism be applied to Poros, Troizinia and Methana? Local research on sustainable tourism, with the aim of mapping the activities, needs and prospects of the region.

24 March 2021

2020 has been a strange yet wonderful year. Despite the difficulties Katheti set its own course with an unexpected result.

22 January 2021

Handmade creations combine knowledge and traditional techniques with modern aesthetics to produce functional, useful products and serve practical needs. Local artisans have a two-way relationship with the area in which they live.

21 December 2020

Sustainable tourism, which respects people, the environment and culture, is ideal for this blessed place. This is the belief of Ec(h)o, the local team of Project Resound, a social design organization, which uses its creative skills to bring a positive change in the world.

24 November 2020

What better gift than a book? Katheti compiled in one article all books with a local flavor we managed to discover and we present them to you.

29 October 2020

Some say that people resemble the place they come from. In order to discover the area, its beauty and specificities, the most suitable way is through a gastronomic adventure. The local products and producers are going to reveal surprising hidden treasures, by giving us a glimpse of the Saronic Gulf’s charm.

30 September 2020

Katheti visited the space of the association “Cultural Action of Troizina” at the Municipal Office of Troizina.

11 August 2020

Summer on Poros, having changed a lot in some aspects, has remained the same in many others, and Poros is here to offer it to you again and again. So that, once more, the scent of pine and lemon blossom fill our memories.

22 July 2020

Since 2013, the Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus and Islands has been organizing communicative actions and educational programs for the students of Poros and Troizinia-Methana. The art workshop “In the way of…” is part of the program “Vacation at the Museum”.

18 June 2020

CITRONNE Gallery opens again this summer and welcomes you to Poros. This year, art historian and owner of the gallery Tatiana Spinari-Pollali opted to create a continuous with the exhibition “Inner Space”, which is presented at the Athens gallery. At the same time, she collaborates for the eighth consecutive year with the Antiquities Ephorate of West Attica, Piraeus and Islands at the Archaeological Museum of Poros. She co-curates the exhibition of Konstantinos Xenakis.

smart villages
21 April 2022

“Smart villages” are small communities which exploit their strenghts and promote them in innovative ways.

epal musical theater play
21 April 2022

Musical-theater performance “The Holy Week of Christos Nezeritis”. A collective effort of students and teachers of Galatas EPAL.

kdap troizinia methana
23 March 2022

The Children’s Centers for Creative Activities of Troizinia and Methana offer creative activities with modern pedagogical practices in a pleasant and hospitable environment.