We are raising money for the Daycare Centre for Street Children to give them better opportunities and support them with hygiene, meals and education in different fields.
The Municipality of Shuto Orizari located in the northern part of the City of Skopje, Republic of Macedonia is the largest Roma settlement in Europe and the only municipality where Romani is the official language. According to the 2002 census, the exact composition of the population was 17,357 of which 13,311 (76.6%) are Roma. Part of the population approximately 2000 families are living in substandard housing and improvised buildings with no electricity or water supply network. The poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, juvenile marriages, dropping out of education, lacking of identification documents, lacking of health protection and insurance are the most common problems that the children coming from this settlement are facing and some of them represent the reason of their forced begging on the streets of Skopje.
The Daycare centre for street children is the only project organization that works with this target group of children and their families in Shuto Orizari since 2006. Our primary goal is to break the chain of forced child begging and poverty, to protect the children’s rights, to provide them with a good childhood and social inclusion.
Aim of Daycare centre for street children in Shuto Orizari, Skopje
The Daycare centre for street children is a long-term project implemented by the non- governmental, non-profit and non-partisan organization Defence for children’s rights Association of Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
The Daycare centre for street children is located in the Municipality of Shuto Orizari in Skopje. Its premises were in the “8th April” Kindergarten in Shuto Orizari until the fire that happened on 1th March 2017 that burnt the kindergarten to the foundation. Since then the Daycare centre is located in 2 improvised classrooms and 1 office in the hospital in Shuto Orizari and currently only 4 skilled workers (social worker, psychologist, teacher and project coordinator) are working with more than 100 street involved children aged 4-18 with housing in Shuto Orizari.
These children are facing a great poverty, are victims of insufficient parental care and domestic violence, their parents are forcing them in the act of begging on the streets instead of enrolling them in the public kindergartens or elementary schools that are free of charge in our country. This kind of child labor deprives the children of their childhood, interferes with their ability of education that is socially, mentally and physically dangerous and harmful.
Through this campaign we aim to continue the work of the Daycare centre for street children and therefore to provide the children and their families with food, clothes, hygienic supplies, useful educational and creative workshops, school supplies, socio-psychological support and counseling.
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The services the children are provided with in the Daycare centre for street children
During the day from Monday to Friday the Daycare centre team tirelessly works with the children using appropriate methods on the following:
Their regular meal
Their hygiene maintenance
Regular medical examinations free of charge
Their awareness of their rights and responsibilities
Their school enrollment, regular school attendance and school supplies
Advocating to be enroll in the school besides the lack of personal/ identification documents
Mediation at providing with the necessary identification documents
Developing of their parents’ awareness of the parental responsibility, the children’s rights and breaking the forced child begging
Their cultural habits
Early childhood development
Developing their creative and critical thinking
Outdoor activities like visiting zoo, theatre, cinemas, summer vacationing
Workshops with the teenagers above the age of 13 about the youth sexual health, prevention of teenage pregnancy and juvenile marriages, drug abuse etc.
Their involvement in the First scout unit of Skopje
Learning how to achieve personal responsibility, discipline, care for the others and the environment, gaining friendships, learning about positive behavior, cooperation etc.
Achieved results with the children in the Daycare centre for street children
During the years we have achieved many results:
Forced child begging is reduced to minimum
Juvenile marriages are reduced to minimum in the year 2018
In the school year 2018/2019 85 children are enrolled in the schools
In the school year 2017/2018 the first child from the daycare centre finished high school
The children’s literacy is increasing during the years
7 of the children aged 16 and above are engaged in the sale of the professionally published street magazine “Face to Face” as an opportunity to gain money after they finished school
All the children are provided with free of charge medical examination