Kosovo

Baby in SOS Pristina, Kosovo

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There is an increasing number of vulnerable children and families in Georgia because of the continuing socio-economic problems. SOS Children in Georgia is focussing more of its work on prevention of child abandonment and on supporting vulnerable families. SOS Children works with other organisations such as a local state-run nursery school, which serves the local community and acts as a bridge to the community. We hope to be able to work in partnership with other local government and non government organisations, sharing our experiences and learning from others, as well as accessing possible financial partnerships with others. Within this programme we will be providing information about HIV/AIDS for children and their families.

SOS Children in Kosovo

In 2006, six years after the end of the civil war and the collapse of the social structure, Kosovo is still struggling to find the best way of establishing the right social system. This is also made worse by the uncertainty over the future political status of Kosovo and the poor socio-economic situation. With the highest unemployment rate in the region, about 70%, and a decreasing number of non-governmental organisations, Kosovo is faced with increasing poverty and need of support.

SOS Children has been working in Kosovo since 2000. Our reputation has increased rapidly and our projects are well-known through out Kosovo. There is an increasing amount of cooperation with local organisations to meet the growing needs of local communities.

In 2007 two Family Programmes were started in Kosovo, near the SOS Children's Village Pristina, in cooperation with the local authorities. The aim of the programme is prevent children from being abandoned.

One programme is based in Matiqan, one of the area's most deprived districts. There is only one hospital and one school for a population of 7,000 Kosovar Albanians. A third of all families depend on benefits, and joblessness is as high as 80%. Child labour, domestic violence and gender discimination are all on the rise.

Most of the families that SOS Children is helping are one-parent families, some of whom are child-led because the parents are unable to care for their children. Some get by on £25 per month. The main focus of the programme is to develop the parents’ skills and to support the educational development of their children.

We also work in Gracanica, which is south of Pristina. Here, the population is largely Serbian. Since 1999, the population has lived behind barbed wire; protected by KFOR troops (NATO forces in Kosovo). Living standards are similar to those in Matiqan, and, here too, children risk abandonment. Families also have to cope with travel restrictions and isolation, depriving them of access to important public services.

Travel restrictions and bureaucratic delays slowed our work. However, word gets about, and we have become locally well-known. “The programme gives wide possibilities to act,” says Ana, the social worker in charge of the Gracanica programme. “The isolation and the poverty constantly increase the psycho-social needs of the families here.”

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SOS Children cares for orphaned and abandoned children in around 125 countries worldwide.