Angesichts des humanitären Problems der Flüchtlinge, die alle europäischen Meinungen mobilisierten, wollten viele Kiwaner, vom Norden bis zum Süden Europas, nicht gleichgültig bleiben.
Die Herausforderung besteht darin, die Familien zu finden, den Kindern Schutz, Hilfe, Betreuung und Fortbildung zu bieten, um die gefährlichen Mittelmeerüberquerungen, den Verkehr aller Art zu vermeiden und ihr Land wieder aufzubauen, wenn der Frieden zurückkehren würde.
Eine erste Einschätzung:
Am Ende des ersten Projektjahres 2017-2018 hatten 6 der 10 Distrikte (einschließlich des provisorischen Distrikts) das Projekt bereits angenommen. Das Ergebnis belief sich auf nicht weniger als 81.570,03 € zugunsten von Flüchtlingskindern und hat damit einer beträchtlichen Anzahl von Kindern geholfen, die Mängeln und allen Gefahren ausgesetzt waren! Ein großes Dankeschön an alle, die sich an dem Projekt beteiligt haben!
Wie geht es weiter?
Wir beginnen nun das dritte Jahr des Projekts: Flüchtlingskinder brauchen uns immer, wenn nicht sogar mehr!
Wollen auch Sie dieses Projekt unterstützen, das die Kiwanis auf die europäische Landkarte bringt?
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"Happy Child": a haven of peace for thousands of children in Syria
5.7 million: this is the number of children affected by the conflict that has ravaged Syria since 2011. From 2016 and for three years, the Belgian team of SOS Children's Villages has invested heavily in strengthening the emergency aid program developed by the NGO in Tartous. It was able to rely on the support of the "Happy Child" project from Kiwanis from 2017 onward to provide thousands of children with shelter away from violence. Back on the results of this collaboration and future challenges.
Allow children to just be children
SOS Children's Villages has implemented various projects for vulnerable children in Tartous. A dedicated day care center has been developed for them: "Children could take part in games and psychosocial assistance workshops in the company of educators and psychologists entirely devoted to their well-being," explains Stijn. Raes, project coordinator.
The goal? Help the youngest to express their emotions, gain self-confidence and regain the carefree childhood for a few hours each day. A total of 3,500 children have found a safe and welcoming place to flourish.
A roof for 150 single children
In addition, SOS Children's Villages has created a temporary reception center for single and homeless children. "Many of them have lost track of their families while fleeing conflict and have found themselves in an extremely fragile situation," says Stijn Raes. We provided 150 children with a safe place where they felt safe, protected from the dangers of the street. " At the same time, the SOS teams were looking for families to allow their reunification. When the relatives of the young people were in a too vulnerable situation to receive them, the NGO supported them through its family strengthening program.
Making families stronger
61 families have worked intensively with SOS employees to improve their situation. "Development of an income-generating activity, help with the management of school costs, support in administrative procedures ...: every aspect has been taken into account so that families are strong enough to take care of their children", details the coordinator. Leila * is one of the participants in this program. After the death of her husband, this mother had to take care of her children alone. Fortunately, she found help from the NGO. Two of her children were temporarily taken into care in the temporary reception center at Tartous. During this period, Leila was able to develop her professional activity. She bought a cow and now lives on the sale of milk and livestock. This allows her to take good care of his family.
New challenges for the future
The emergency program in Tartous has recently come to an end and the results are very positive. "132 of the 150 children in our temporary reception center have been reunited with their families or found a new home with an SOS family", reports Stijn Raes.