Most of us grew up in a loving and caring family. Our parents were our role-models supporting our interests, helped us with school and everyday life challenges. They stood by our side for many years as we were preparing us for the moment when we take a step towards adulthood. However, children from orphanages are not so privileged. There are about 5000 abandoned children in Slovakia, 500 of whom leave the orphanages annually. These children have lost the most precious and healthy relationships, love and understanding. They lost their caring role-models and grew up in traumatizing conditions. Therefore their start of adulthood and independent life becomes very difficult.
However, everything might change with a help of an inspiring adult. Since 2006 project Buddy has been working with volunteers and children from orphanages. We find and train volunteers, and help them create a strong and long-lasting relationship with a child. Buddy stays close to children, listens and helps them guide through the difficult period of adolescence. Our dream is that one day every abandoned child has a Buddy and can live a decent life with a home, job and away from crime.