The Order of Malta Children's Day Centers are working with kids from groups of social risk. For them it's like a second home where they not only feel safe but also constantly improving their social skills, learning how to be more independent and also are engaged in activities which keep them out of the streets.
About the project. It's not a secret that warm food is the main reason why children come to these centers. Only when their bellies are full, they start to interact. These centers are the main warm food source for the most of these kids. For one kid we can spend 0.8 euro per day. Before leaving, children have tea with sandwiches, fruits and cookies. At home they find an empty fridge (if there is one), cold rooms and very often - drunk parents. That's why most of them trying to stay at Children's Day Center as much as possible and never want to go home.
Sadly, most of the kids come to Children's Day Centers just to eat because there's no food at home. As it stands now, we're talking care of 350 children in 14 Maltese' centers. In order to keep those kids from starving, we need YOUR support!
About Children Day Centers of the Order of Malta. Day Centers are established in 14 cities and villages of Lithuania. They host kids from socially disadvantaged families, from families with social risk and also from big families. Their parents often are jobless alcoholics; sometimes with psychological disorders. The biggest rate of unemployment is in a countryside, so there're a lot of families which can't guarantee all the necessary care and support for healthy development of their children. Establishment of those centers was very important for Maltese - it help a great deal in improving lives of children from socially disadvantaged families.
In Children's Day Centers teachers help kids with their homework. During various activities children are also learning how to work with computer, doing sports, playing music, reading tales, are engaged in various art works, learning how to make food, cleaning dishes, visiting lonely elders etc. During those activities kids are learning the most important values of life which have huge influence in their development as an active members of society.