Agia Skepi - 20 Year Anniversary
"Agia Skepi" Therapeutic Community was founded by Metropolitan of Limassol, Athanasios, then Abbot of the Monastery of Machairas. It is located in Filani, near the village of Politiko, on land granted by the Monastery.
The idea for a community for substance rehabilitation was inspired by the positive effect of the monastery’s structured program on young men that were showing up there asking for help.
The therapeutic community started its operation in May 1999.
Former president of Cyprus, Mr. Glafkos Clerides, was paramount in raising funds for the construction of the community premises.
Great benefactors included the late Stelios and Elli Ioannou, Claire Louka Hadjiioannou, Eleni Vassou Hadjiioannou, the couple George and Thelma Paraskevaidi and the couple Ptolemy and Rikas Galanou.
The contribution of Archbishop Chrysostomos I of Cyprus was also important, as well as that of the Cyprus Sports Organisation.
The architectural drawings were undertaken free of charge by Mr. Andreas Kkolos.
Recognition for Therapy
Agia Skepi is approved by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) since 2009, and is a member of the European Federation of Therapeutic Communities (EFTC).
It all started in 2011. Searching for a creative and therapeutic occupation for community members, a small organic bakery was set up. This was followed by an organic egg farm with pasture-raised chicken and the development of an infrastructure for farming organic fruit and vegetables.
Encouraged by the public’s response, the organisation also started importing, packaging and distributing organic food products, such as cereals, dried fruit, pasta, nuts, seeds, and superfoods.
Today, Agia Skepi is a member of IFOAM (the worldwide umbrella organisation for the organic agriculture movement) and supplies the Cypriot market a comprehensive range of organic goods under the brand name 'agia Skepi bio'.