Drop in shelter is a licensed service, recognized in Law on social protection, with the aim to improve life quality of the street involved children.
Drop in shelter beneficiaries are the children between 5 and 15 years of age who live or work on the streets of Belgrade and who are exposed to numerous risks due to a way of life.
Beneficiaries are supplied with regular, nutritionally balanced meals, clean clothes and footwear adjusted to the weather conditions, with the support during their education and during involvement in the educational system. Drop in shelter represents the safe environment which meets their needs and nourishes proper psychosocial development of a child. Beneficiaries can also take part in different creative, educative, cultural and sports activities
Not only the Drop in shelter related activities are available to the beneficiaries and their families, but also a team of outreach work experts who regularly visit places where the children live, work or spend their time. Outreach work enables strengthening the relation of trust with the beneficiaries and their families. The Drop in shelter team of professionals consists of social workers, special pedagogues, a nurse, psychologists and a lawyer. This team has a joint mission to provide support and protection to all beneficiaries of the Drop in shelter, respecting best interest of a child.
Currently the Drop in shelter service is provided at two locations in Belgrade – 7a Krfska Street, Zvezdara municipality and 145 Boulevard Arsenija Carnojevica, New Belgrade municipality.
Working hours of Drop in shelters are from 8 to 18 o’clock on working days and from 10 to 18 o’clock during weekends.
The current Drop in Shelter donors are H. Stepic CEE Charity and CWS Europe .
Program of education is organized with a goal to include children in the educational system in early age, as a measure of support and prevention of children getting involved in life and/or work on the streets. Children included in the Program are living in informal settlements (slums). The majority of them are facing extreme poverty, discrimination and exclusion from regular life of the community and support systems.
Program of education is organizing daily support to preschoolers in order for them to be regular at the preschool program. Also, Program is supporting first graders from informal settlements by organizing weekend education sessions and by helping them with their school obligations.
Multidisciplinary expert team is providing support to the children and their families when it comes to fulfillment of their rights. Beside them, Program is engaging the community by including volunteers – members of the community as outreach workers, but also health, social welfare, educational institutions and respective local government institutions and corporate sector in the Network of support for children from informal settlements.
Program is operating 7 days per week thus there is a possibility for volunteers and future professionals to engage depending on their other obligations.
Since 2010, with this Program, we have supported more than 300 children from informal settlements.
Current donor of the Program is H. Stepic CEE Charity, CWS Europe and Week of Compassion.
Philanthropy program aim is to provide sustainability of the Centre for youth integration programs.
Sustainability refers to the fact that regardless of economy crisis and political situation in the City of Belgrade, Drop in Shelter and other programs could always have enough to provide adequate, quality and timely intervention for a child who finds himself on the street.
From 2004 Center for Youth Integration has been working with street involved children on the territory of Belgrade. Today, through different programs, we are working with more than 400 children. Drop in Shelter is a service that we developed in collaboration with children and together with them and with you, we improved and nurtured that service so that today it represents a key support for a safe growth of over 250 minors.
The children who are attending the CYI programs have decided to go to school every morning instead of going to a crossroads or to a street. Those are the children who gave us, grownups, one more chance to take care of them. And it is our responsibility not to let them down and to make sure that the necessary support should always be available to them.
Many of you have already helped by donating your products or clothes that you do not use anymore. Other citizens are helping by coming and teaching the children things that all of us were taught by our loved ones when we were kids. Some people say and show the way to the Drop in shelter and thus all of us support street involved children. For children, that support is priceless!
The final goal of the Philanthropy program is to define and to establish models of gathering donations from corporations and individuals, who will be providing continuous influx of financial means necessary for realization of Drop in shelter in Belgrade.
Employment Support Programme for young people living or working on the streets aims to increase the employability of this group of young people through a comprehensive support system, empowerment and inclusion in the system. After leaving the Drop in Shelter, young people above 16 are facing the same problems they have previously encountered. They continue to live in informal settlements, are exposed to extreme poverty, find it difficult to get a formal job, have difficulty contacting the institutions, are discriminated and exposed to multiple risks.
According to the National Employment Action Plan, ten hard-to-employ categories have been identified and those who face multiple disadvantaged factors such as young people living or working in the street have been singled out as particularly vulnerable. One of the priority strategic goals of the employment policy in the National Action Plan is to encourage employment and to integrate the less employable into the labor market.
Employment Support Programme for young people living or working on the streets is designed as a continuation of the support received by young people through other programs implemented by the Center for Youth Integration (primarily through the Drop In Shelter and Outreach Support Programme), which responds to the needs of the target group through activities aimed at gaining additional knowledge, skills, through formal training, work experience and psychosocial support from a professional team.
The first part of the Programme includes educational workshops with children over 14 who are still supported within Drop in Shelter. Educational workshops aim to bring to the children the importance of formal employment through various topics, by working on the development of social skills, communication, motivation, gaining self-confidence, as well as supporting the mastering of school curriculum necessary for future formal employment. The team of special educators within the Drop in Shelter together with peer educators, who themselves are former beneficiaries of Drop in Shelter and were involved in the Employment Support Programme.
The second part of the Programme is direct support to young people above 16, former beneficiaries of Drop in Shelter, who face numerous problems regarding formal employment. Through Programme they are provided with the possibility of professional development, attending courses for waiters and bartenders in certified educational institutions (Center for Education and Culture “Bozidarac 1947”), obtaining the necessary certificate, gaining practice in Cafe bar 16, with the constant support of the expert team engaged in the Programme, as well as gaining work experience. The Programme’s expert team organizes psychosocial support both in informal settlements where young people live with their families and in Cafe Bar 16, works on gathering the necessary documentation for each beneficiary, organizes workshops on the acquisition of social skills, communication skills, preparing for interviews and communication with future employers, writing CVs.
Cafe Bar 16 was established at the end of 2017. as a social enterprise started by the Center for Youth Integration to provide employment support to young people living and working on the street after they leave Drop in Shelter. The idea to start a social enterprise originated from the idea that the café itself could be financially viable and thus provide employment support to young people who are the target group of this Programme, while through its primary activity it can provide financial support to other programmes implemented by the Center for Youth Integration.
Cafe Bar 16 is a place that is breaking down prejudices and stereotypes, giving young people living or working on the street the opportunity to become equal members of society, while the example of young people who are given the opportunity to work serves as a role model and support for other children from Drop in Shelter, giving them motivation for graduation and formal employment.
Our donors are the Secours populaire français, LDS Charities, CWS Global, H. Stepic CEE Charity.
The aim of the Regional Resource Centre for Child Protection for South Eastern Europe (RRC) is to develop strong regional community of practice and innovation in the countries of Southeastern Europe, between the actors that directly contribute to the development and implementation of services to protect children from abuse and neglect (professionals, academics, policy makers, experts, beneficiaries).
Strategically, this project brings together three types of intervention around the regional network of professionals and agencies, with the support of online platforms: targeting the knowledge, capacity building and advocacy.
The focus of this platform is the services and skills to deal with situations of abuse and violence against children. RRC provides networking and professional collaboration among stakeholders in the countries of Southeast Europe. In this way, it increases the ability to upgrade knowledge and skills through a process of continuous improvement practices (through trainings, webinars, internet library, the information available in 5 languages).
Countries and organizations that are involved in the project: Albania (Terre des Hommes, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Save the Children North West Balkans), Bulgaria (Know How Center for Alternative Care for Children), Croatian (Brave Phone), Kosovo (Terre des Hommes), Moldova (Terre des Hommes), Romania (Terre des Hommes) and Serbia (Center for Youth Integration).
The project is coordinated by the regional office of “Terre des Hommes” from Budapest.
Projects supporting refugee and migrant children in Serbia were created in October 2015 as a response to the refugee crisis in Europe. Together with Save the Children, our partner and donor, we opened 2 Mothers and babies corners and Child friendly space in Belgrade and established outreach teams in Sid, Dimitrovgrad and Presevo in order to provide direct support primarily to unaccompanied minors.
After numerous changes caused by migration policy worldwide for almost three years, we are now present in Belgrade with two Child friendly spaces, for children and teenagers, and in Reception Centers Presevo, Vranje and Obrenovac in order to provide the most suitable service to our beneficiaries.
Through different kind of activities, creative, educational and recreational, developed in consultation with children, expert teams of the Center for Youth Integration have provided psychosocial support to more than 15 000 children and their families. Special attention is focused on working with unaccompanied children as the most vulnerable group of children. In cooperation with institutions and other organizations present on the field we provide every child with access to the service he needs. Specially educated cultural mediators ensure that services are fully compatible with the cultural and linguistic context from which the refugees come.
Current donor is Save the Children in North West Balkans.