The Shipbuilding Zone of Perama holds a special place in the heart of Victor Restis and the Restis Family Foundation. In addition to its support of the Labour Center of Piraeus for Deprived Families of the Shipbuilding Zone of Perma, Mr. Restis, his family, and the staff from Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A. joined together to donate money for the preparation of free meals for the more than 1,500 residents of the area and their families during Orthodox Holy Week and Easter.
Staff members from Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A. volunteered their time to help prepare and serve the holiday meals. This massive charitable operation was made possible through a collaboration with the Perama Associations and the Labour Center of Perama as well as other shipping companies.
This isn’t the only support Mr. Restis offers the shipbuilding zone of Perama. Working again with the Labour Center of Perama, Mr. Restis helps those affected by the devastating deindustrialization process due to global competition. The Perama Zone, a port city within the Piraeus region, is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Athens but serves as an important lifeline of commerce for shipbuilders, workers and small businesses catering to Greece’s tourism industry.
Until several years ago, an estimated 90 percent of Perama’s economy was based on the Piraeus shipyards. In more recent times, the unemployment ran has increased to more than 60 percent and as high as 95 percent among workers in the shipbuilding industry. It has been reported that more than ten thousand people look for work every day at the shipbuilding zone of Perama, but less than three thousand are able to earn a day’s wage. Many households and small businesses have been devastated in recent years and may see very little hope for improvement. This economic devastation makes the support of Victor Restis and family all the more important, meaningful and impactful.