WHO WE ARE
Be the CHANGE you wish to see in the WORLD!
In 2007, Anastasis Stefanakis moved to Kassandra, Halkidiki, to work in the tourist area as a Rescuer – Ambulance Crew for the National Center for Emergency Care.
Soon, with his colleague Katerina Kakani, they recognize that time is the biggest enemy in emergencies, because long distances in the province and the rough terrain delay the timely approach which saves human lives in emergencies.
They decided to act!
In 2009, they traveled to Athens to become certified as instructors of the European Resuscitation Council [ERC], so they could be useful to society outside their working hours. They started offering classes immediately to the local schools and communities, educating young and old, so that their students could help in emergencies as First Responders until the arrival of an ambulance.
Recognizing the amazing abilities of the children, as well as the enthusiastic acceptance of their new role, in 2010-2011 they decided to educate a specific target group, students, teachers and educators in Greek schools. For one day, they would not only be taught math or physics, but how to save lives!
The courage of creation
The project immediately found many supporters: Themelis Ierissiotis, Anastasis Samaras, Sofia Papadimitriou, Anastasia Stefanoudi, Dimitris Tourountzas, Kostas Tziatzias, Konstantinos Theodorakoglou, Kostas Kyrillidis, Konstantinos Lazaridis, Theodora Petridou and dozens of other fantastic volunteers, who decided in 2015-2016 to establish the first humanitarian association in Greece under the name “KIDS SAVE LIVES – Τα Παιδιά Σώζουν Ζωές”, thus indicating the main targets of their effort: children!
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES - KIDS SAVE LIVES
The strategic goals of the organization were based on 4 main pillars, in order to increase the survival rate of out of hospital cardiac arrest victims in Greece:
EDUCATION: dissemination of free cardio-pulmonary resuscitation education - First Aid, Basic Principles of Trauma Prevention and Management in schools & local communities
DEFIBRILLATORS: dissemination, installation and cataloguing of Automated External Defibrillators in schools and public places
RESCUE: organization of schools and local communities, creation of First Responder groups
EDUCATION IN GREEK SCHOOLS
The national program “KIDS SAVE LIVES – Τα Παιδιά Σώζουν Ζωές“, and skill workshop “Τα παιδιά σώζουν ζωές“, which are implemented in collaboration with a Greek society called EEEPF (Hellenic Society of Emergency Pre-Hospital Care), have already educated over 70,000 kids and educators in over 700 Greek schools. These programs have already been approved by the Ministry of Education for all Greek schools. Those who managed to educate all these people are active instructors of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) who voluntarily participated. The Humanitarian Organization “KIDS SAVE LIVES – Τα Παιδιά Σώζουν Ζωές” pursuits the institution of a First Aid course in Greek schools, which will simultaneously promote volunteerism and human solidarity (a draft bill was submitted to the Minister of Education Ms. N. Kerameos in 2019).
that were trained
teachers & citizens
schools & communities
EDUCATION IN EUROPEAN SCHOOLS
By the end of October 2022, the innovative program LIFE FORCE, will show the potential of educating children aged 6-10 in Europe on how to perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) through fun activities (approval and funding by European Commission’s ERASMUS+, through the State Scholarship Foundation).
DIGITAL PROGRESS IN FIRST AID
I SAVE LIVES APPLICATION: The internet iSAVElives application was created by “KIDS SAVE LIVES – Τα Παιδιά Σώζουν Ζωές”, Microsoft and Microsoft Azure in order to save lives! It can activate the emergency call to 112-166 and the local community, in order to deal with emergencies in a timely manner notifying First Responders (trained citizens and out of service health professionals) until the arrival of EMS (Emergency Medical Services).
ONLINE AED MAP
AED map shows to the users the exact location of the nearest available defibrillators for prompt use. Time is the worst enemy in emergencies and what mobilized the founding members of the organization. This issue will be addressed to a large extent through the use of this new technology, significantly improving dealing with emergencies in Greece.
For the educational work of “KIDS SAVE LIVES – Τα Παιδιά Σώζουν Ζωές” in education and resuscitation with HUMAN incentives, the association was awarded the Peter Basket Bursary by the European Resuscitation Council in 2018, and has received several awards by the Greek institutions.
Board of Directors
KIDS SAVE LIVES - Τα Παιδιά Σώζουν Ζωές
Dr Konstantinos Lazaridis
KIDS SAVE LIVES - Τα Παιδιά Σώζουν Ζωές