Eyes of Light motivates individuals with serious illnesses, like cancer, to cope with their challenges with a more positive attitude, through the therapeutic energy of artistic creation.
The idea was born in March of 2018 and with the addition of the founder, Dimitra Ermeidou, in the scholarship program START - Create Cultural Change, towards the end of the year, the program took the form of a sociocultural project. The first therapeutic photography workshops for cancer survivors began in January of 2019, in cooperation with the organizations Alma Ζois and KEFI. Since February 2019, the workshops have been enhanced by participatory photoshoots and creative programs like “Cancer Survivors: The Faces of Hope”, in collaboration with distinguished photographers.
The first public presentation of the activities occurred in the exhibition: “Eyes of Light: Focus on Life” in Technopolis of the Athenian municipality, in May of 2019, with 50 participants. In September of the same year, Eyes of Light was awarded for its work with the Scaling Award from John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, within the scope of the START program. Within the first year of its operation, 110 hours of workshops were implemented, benefiting approximately 120 cancer patients and 250 members of their families.
In December of 2019, Eyes of Light became officially a non-profit organisation, continuing its programs and expanding its vision in order to include all individuals with severe illnesses.