The project “Help me start in life…” consists of three individual areas of help:
The aim of the programme is to give as many children as we can the possibility of carrying on with their studies so that they can achieve some qualifications, and therefore increase their chances of being employable on the job market and at the same time to strengthen the development of their personalities.
Provided that the child gets a chance to go forward in a field that fulfills him, he will have a many-fold greater chance of integrating into society and to succeed in independent life.
This programme is for children in the age group of 14 and up - children who await selection for high school where they will continue with their studies.
As part of the scholarship programme the child may get covered:
Schoolarship program is not focused on the exceptionally gifted or exceptionally smart children only. On the contrary, it should help each child, that want after the end of primary school continue their studies on high school or college.
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We are talking about basic household equipment that makes the start of children´s independent lives, after leaving the children’s homes, much easier. Starting pack consist of bedding, bed sets, bed sheets, bath towels, hand towels, tea towels, dining set, set of cutlery, pots, glasses, ironing board and iron, set of sweeping brushes, kitchen equipment, vacuum cleaner, electric kettle and drugstore products.
The starting packs are assigned exclusively to the children who leave children ´s homes after the completion of the age of majority (18), or upon completion of their studies.
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The help isfocused to the children who leave children ´s homes after the completion of the age of majority (18), or upon completion of their studies. The project is intended to help these young people find suitable work, appropriate accommodation and, at the same time, provide assistance as they take their first steps in their independent life.
Children’s homes provide the children with a life which is, on the whole, without problems relating to material matters, therefore the difference at the point of leaving the home is all the more noticeable.
Most children on the edge of adulthood, no matter where they grew up, have the feeling that the “world is their oyster”, they are finally adults and nobody is going to tell them what to say and what they can and cannot do...
It is very difficult to prove to them that that is not the case until they reach that conclusion themselves…
Children who had the luck to grow up in functional families have the possibility of returning to the family nest and starting again, if their first start has been unsuccessful, mostly without consequences that would affect their whole lives. Children who have grown up in a children’s home do not have this option…
There are many situations that most of us have to deal with and resolve every day. We don’t realise what a problem it can be for these young people who have never met with these problems before, and therefore, understandably, they do not know how to deal with them.
Many of them eventually end up with their biological families, which were not and are not able to take care of them. Some end up on the street, it may happen in some cases, they choose illegal activity as a source of livelihood.
But it is really not just their fault! They don’t know how to behave otherwise and there is no-one who would show or advise them, or tell them what to do next…
Most of the children’s homes, in conjunction with social workers, try to help their wards when they leave the homes, but it is not within their power to watch over every child and help in every situation.
Those children´s homes who work with DEJME DĚTEM ŠANCI o.s. (LET’S GIVE CHILDREN A CHANCE)
inform us of the fact that a childen and how many are leaving children´s home in the school year.
DEJME DĚTEM ŠANCI o.s. (LET’S GIVE CHILDREN A CHANCE)therefore has the possibility of finding help for an specific child. Curently we are able to provide this assistance only to the children included into the Scholarship program or on request.
How you can help a child leaving a children’s home ?
It is possible to offer children work in the form of work-experience whilst still in the children’s home. If this is satisfactory to both sides, this form of collaboration can grow into a permanent position after leaving the children’s home.