THE EU has a programme called Youth in Action that focuses also on children from orphanages and youth asylums. One of the projects, with the title Déčko (“the letter D”) has been implemented in the children’s house Pohoda in the Vrakuňa neighbourhood of Bratislava by volunteers from the civic association Lorien.
They make camping, rafting and hiking trips, and weekend activities full of games for the children, who for various reasons are raised in institutions rather than by families. About 40 volunteers have been working on the project for 3.5 years; currently, about 20 people are active, Matej Štepita, one of them, told the SITA newswire.
The project was founded by a group of young people in February 2007. By that time, Štepita worked as a psychologist with traumatised children. He has tried to persuade them that the world can be good and that they, too, can build strong and deep relations with others and they can trust them.
Since May 2009, the project has the support of Iuventa House for Children and Youth through the EU grants’ programme Youth in Action. Now, the activities include games (also “Greek Olympic Games”), Greek ancient theatre, cycling, camping, wellness weekends for girls and hiking for boys, sex and relationship education, getting to know nature, and much more.
9. Aug 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská