|Daily Center for children who do not attend to school As a remainder ... The Daily Center for children who do not go to school functions within the Children's Embassy since June 2007. In 2007, the Daily Center was only for six months financially supported by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy of the Republic of Macedonia, and from 2008 until now it operates with support from the business sector and citizens. |
It is extremely important for these children that the Daily Center continues its work, preventing the loss of the effects achieved so far. Children have acquired a habit of coming here. Their regular visits to the Daily Center were very important and they even demanded to visit the Center more often. Considering their living conditions, the visit of the Day Center also provides possibility for harm reduction. Sometimes, the Center was also visited by the younger family members to get a bath, get at least one snack during the day and spend some time in a heated room. Besides these activities, their participation in the workshops allows them to express themselves, to develop their capacities that were not allowed by their environment and to learn new useful things. Children and their families also receive clothing, shoes (donated by the citizens), and are provided with easier access to health care and exercising their rights...
As the number of street children on the territory of Skopje is around 1000, we provided care to children who do not go to school, living on the territory of the Municipality of Aerodrom, where is actually located the Children's Embassy. It is very important for this target group that the Daily Center is physically closer to their place of residence. In that way, not only children but also other family members use the services of our Daily Center. Children who do not go to school are exposed to health risks, because, especially in winter, they wear very little clothes. They are exposed to health risks also because of the conditions in which they live. Namely, most of them live in improvised houses made of cardboard boxes and nylons, without electricity and water, without toilets. Due to the poor economic conditions, children are not fed regularly, neither use quality food.
The main goal of the Daily Center is to enable inclusion of street children in the society, provide psycho-social support and intervention through optional forms of social protection, aside the institutional support. Within the Daily Center, children are offered various services, depending on their needs (maintaining hygiene, enabling primary health care, group social work, advocacy and lobbying to protect their rights, support to their parents...). The families whose children use the services of the Daily Center, could also get their children’s clothes washed, since we have a washing and drying machine. During the past 6 months the work of the Center covered 20 street children from the Municipality of Aerodrom, aged from 5 to 14 years.
Besides working with children, we also work with their parents or families. We provide them assistance in the process of achieving the health and social rights for their children, easier access to health services, information about the social rights and ways of their achievement. In this way, we provide mitigation of the effects of social exclusion.
We possess two rooms, with a central heating that can be used for conducting workshops, a kitchen where children can eat and a bathroom with two showers and washing machines. All these resources are made available to the Daily Center.
About 15 Roma families who live on a location near the Twin Bridge on September 1st were informed that their dwellings will be removed by the municipality of Aerodrom. The Children's Embassy Megjashi, filed a request to the Municipality of Aerodrom, the Inter-municipal Center for Social Work and to Mr. Nezdet Mustafa - Minister without Portfolio, that these families are institutionally cared of before their current residences are removed. With constant devastation of these habitats, the appropriate development of the children is obstructed, and many of their rights are being shortened. We believe that by accommodating them in some institution these children will be provided with at least the minimum existential living conditions.