A BUDDY for a life-time for every child in an orphanage

2,000 Euro Prize 2018

Country: Slovakia

Region: thoughout Slovakia

Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy

Fields of action: Poverty, Family, Psychosocial impairments

Project owner: Civic association PRO VIDA

Responsible person: JUDr. Andrej Vršanský

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What is it about?

The BUDDY program connects children from orphanages with adult fully integragted volunteers for many years, to give the children a chance for a decent life and to give the volunteers a chance for a better society. BUDDY is regularly the only fully integrated adult, who is interested in the children and is not paid for it. Their relationship heals the children and changes lives and communities.

Appreciation of the Jury

Two worlds meet: the first is the world of the professionally and otherwise well-established adults; the second is the world of youths living in orphanages. While materially well cared for, societal everyday life beyond their institutions is often virtually unknown to these youths. They hardly know how to behave and successfully move “out there”. The “buddies” try to enter the world of their protégé(e)s so as to start building a bridge towards independence, for their later use. They lay a foundation; with them, the young experience that someone takes care of them and looks after their growing up into adults. An innovatively configured, trustful relationship can sometimes be better than any individual training.