From client to worker
Kristián started coming to us many years ago as a small preschooler. He worked his way through all our age groups until he became a volunteer. Last year he successfully graduated from high school and this year, to our delight, he joined our team as a part-time worker. He is a great help to us and we are very grateful for him!
During the half-term holidays, we visited the National Agricultural Museum with the younger children. The children played fishermen, hunters and cooks or tried out how to operate a digger.
Member of a team
From September until the end of the year, Kryštof, who started coming to us as a client a few years ago, was part of our team. After a few years, he became a volunteer and started working as part-time this September. He starts a new job in January and thus leaves our ranks. But we are very happy at least for his short-term help.
Even this year, the last meeting at the center this year was special. We remembered the Christmas story about the birth of Jesus, our Savior. Thanks to generous donors, each child received a gift prepared by name. And many children then stayed for a traditional Christmas sleepover.
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New Year´s Eve stay
At the end of the year, 9 of our teenagers joined the New Year’s Eve stay organized by the KS Prague church. Everyone liked it there, teenagers strengthened their relationships with other young people and also their relationship with God.
We are very grateful that a young lady from Ukraine started visiting us regularly. She helps with a group of youngest children, where we now have mostly children from Ukraine. Thanks to her, we can better understand them and include activities in their language.
Effects of the war in Ukraine
After the holidays, many new children started coming to us, many of them come from Ukraine, which they had to leave because of the war. Currently, 15 Ukrainian children come to us regularly. We therefore try to adapt the program to them and we are looking for Ukrainian volunteers to interpret for the children.
Two of our former clients, who have been our volunteers for some time, successfully graduated this year! One of them is the first of his entire extended family to have a matriculation exam. We are proud of them!
Every Wednesday, teenagers participate in a youth group meeting in the Christian community. In this way, they make friends among children from mainstream society and are included in the life of the church.
Hot lunch every meeting
Since September, we have been open again 4 times a week. We go to pick up the younger children straight from school, the first group at 11:35, the second at 12:30, the older ones come alone later. Everyone gets a hot lunch at our place and a hearty snack in the afternoon.
July – August 2022
In addition to our summer camp, we take some children and teenagers to church summer camps. There were 12 of our teenagers at the Teen camp this year. Everyone enjoyed it very much, made friends with the other participants and moved forward on the path to the Lord God.
Children from an institution
An institution where at-risk children are housed, is located in the building opposite to ours. We have established cooperation with the organization, and some of the children who are placed with them attend our afternoon clubs. We are happy that they can laugh with us, have fun, be with a bunch of friends and also hear about the hope for every person.