Before making the move into our new home, papa and I made a deal: Nothing unnecessary would be coming with us. It seemed to me that our lives were drowning in an abundance of stuff we didn’t use therefore didn’t need. Migraines would occur whenever I opened my cupboard or looked in a drawer. Later on stress would build up and choke me as I failed to put the image of chaos out of my mind. We filled boxes, said ‘goodbye stuff’ and carried on with our lives.
For a while the bareness and unembellished would stick out like a sore thumb. But not anymore. Now I walk through my home and smile at the sight of an empty corner. It makes me particularly happy knowing that some of what we owned has gone towards supporting a great cause like RETO, a charity organisation that offers support to drug addicts.
There are a number of charity and secondhand shops on the island but RETO provides a little more than just trinkets and furniture. At the store, located in Egkomi, you’ll find electrical and household appliances which have been restored and repaired by those who have worked through their addiction and are now required to work or learn a skill. All proceeds from sales go towards the drug rehabilitation program. The RETO team is a multitasking one that covers paint jobs and a range of house repairs as well as furniture transports. The service they offer is fantastic as they will also come to your house and collect anything you want to get rid of, which basically leaves you with no excuse not to give them a call.
RETO: 11, Neas Egkomis Street, Egkomi, Industrial Area.
For more information on the shop call 22-775150
or click onto their website www.asociacionreto.org for more information on their drug rehabilitation program.