Bibliotheca Alexandrina a wonder of the modern world

Bibliotheca Alexandrina a wonder of the modern world

The Library of Alexandria that has been dominating the city of Alexander the Great and Konstantinos Kavafis since October 2002, constitutes one of the greatest lighthouses of culture and knowledge in the world as well as one of the greatest centres of dialogue among populations, honouring its founders and above all the spirit of the Ancient Greek Culture.

The modern Library of Alexandria is not simply a state of the art, rich in books and electronic files library, but also an integral and hyperactive cultural organisation! It already includes three museums, four exhibition centres, seven research institutes, a planetarium and a laboratory for the children’s acquaintance with art and science.

The Mentor Awards

In a Press Conference that took place in October 2003 in the hotel N.J.V. Athens Plaza, the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and member of the Board of Trustees of the Mentor International Foundation, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, presented the aim and the work of the Foundation to the journalists and announced the award of the Centre for the Treatment of Substance Dependant People (KETHEA), with the Mentor Award being the first: the Mentor Prevention Achievement Award. […]

The 8 UN Millennium Development Goals

At the dawn of the new millennium, the General Assembly of the United Nations composed the Millennium Declaration, aiming at setting new goals and confirming the old ones, officially underlying for the first time the significance of “collective responsibility”, the need of a collective awareness for the responsibility that all of us should feel, either individually or collectively, for the future of the planet and the right of every human person to live with dignity, justice and equality, as well as the right to live free from various forms of slavery such as hunger, poverty, social exclusion, illness, illiteracy… […]

Makistos will smile again

The fires that tore through Greece, at the end of the summer 2007, cost in human lives and burned thousands of acres of land and hundreds of houses. It destroyed one of the most beautiful sites of Greece, forced thousands of citizens to abandon their villages and homes, and threatened archaeological sites such as Ancient Olympia.

No one could stay emotionally detached from people who lost their relatives; from the elderly and children who stared at the ashes in tears without being able to imagine where they would sleep from then on, how they could be protected from sun,

The appeal of Ancient Olympia

The fires of summer 2007 that threatened Ancient Olympia sound the alarm underlying the need for a more effective protection of the world heritage monuments from natural disasters. The mobilisation of the State, international organisations as well as citizens, was immediate. The President of the “Foundation for the Child and the Family”, Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, was among the first ones to respond.

With the initiative of Mrs. Vardinoyannis and under her sponsorship, an international workshop was held in Ancient Olympia in November 2008 aiming at exchanging views and discussing more precise and effective means for the management of the dangers that threaten the ancient monuments,

Universal call for the climate change

The Founding Board of the Global Humanitarian Forum.

Following the invitation of the Founder and Chairman of the Global Humanitarian Forum, H.E. Mr. Kofi Annan, 360 leading personalities from all over the world, as well as experts and representatives of governmental and non governmental organisations, were assembled in Geneva in June 2008, in order to join their forces and seek solutions to the problems caused to humanity by the climate change.

The President of the “Foundation for the Child and the Family”, and Foundimg member of the Global Humanitarian Forum, Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, was also present.

Mothers – Olympic champions of Love

On the occasion of Mother’s Day and the hosting of the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Athens, the “Foundation for the Child and the Family” organised an event to honour 4 mothers of Special Olympics athletes in May 2008.

There is no greater, nor more essential action than having provided a child, who could have been condemned by many to a life of mediocrity, with wings, faith, optimism and power” said the President of the “Foundation for the Child and the Family”, Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, opening the event. “We therefore bow before the mothers of the Special Olympics athletes.

International campaign supporting Greece

The UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, took the initiative to start a campaign aiming at the sensitisation of the international common opinion in favour of Greece; the re-establishment of the name of our country in countries abroad and the reinforcement of its place internationally. […]