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 11 to 16 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.
Bearing in mind all the problems which the street-involved children face on daily basis, we have set as our work priority a widespread, clear and well-prepared intervention as the only way to provide the protection and at the same time prevention of a further problem escalation, which is even more important.
Having reached the age of 15, the children stay without the opportunity to use the Drop in Shelter service, relying entirely on the support of our professional Outreach team. Numerous problems they have previously met persist unsolved, and the one of the most dominant is a difficult education continuation and, as a result, a troublesome access to the labour market. Solving this problem is a top priority for our organization. This was the reason for establishing a social enterprise in order to provide the support for the former beneficiaries of the Drop in Shelter who can be employed both formally and legally – those are the young who have dropped out of school because of an impermanent support and who are not able to find the job.
The idea to open a social enterprise – CAFÉ BAR 16 (“SIXTEEN”) has also come from the fact that the café can be sustainable by its own activity giving, at the same time for former Drop in Shelter’s beneficiaries the opportunity of a social inclusion, a chance for interaction with a majority population, a chance for broad labour market outside our café, for networking with some close partners such as other social enterprises, with nongovernment organizations, with a donor community, companies and individuals.
Our social enterprise, CAFÉ BAR 16, is going to deal with the needs of the target group by giving a professional training and qualifications, work experience and active support in order to facilitate the access to a wider labour market, bridging the existing gap in the support of the target group. The beneficiaries of the program will be provided with some training and mentoring by the experienced management of the café, during their work, and they will be supported to gain a barman qualification. Also, the beneficiaries will get some help to write CVs, they will get recommendation letters and support in finding a new job (partner cafes, bars, restaurants, hotels etc.). Thus, the café itself is going to be “a launching pad” for the beneficiaries – a good start for their formal employment.
The example of our former beneficiaries who will get the opportunity to work at the café is going to be a great role model for children who are active beneficiaries of the Drop in Shelter at the present, motivating them to graduate, and giving them a clear message that the CYI support does not end when they stop visiting the Drop in Shelter.
Our donors are the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit (SIPRU) established by the Government of Serbia and CWS Global.
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.