SOS Children’s Villages Kyrgyzstan

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Fund's Presentation

Public Foundation “SOS Children’s Villages Kyrgyzstan” is a nongovernmental charitable organization providing services for children without parental care and children at risk of losing parental care. The public foundation was founded by International Foundation “SOS Kinderdorf International” in 1996, which supports children in 136 countries over the world nowadays. Based on executive order of the Government of Kyrgyz Republic №605 as of 27th December in 1996 an Intergovernmental Agreement on functioning of SOS Children’s Villages and related projects in Kyrgyz Republic was signed. The given Agreement was further ratified by Law of Kyrgyz Republic №78 in July 24, 2001. 
A decision on construction of Children’s villages, Kindergartens and Educational complex was made in response to demands of the Kyrgyz Republic Government. According to held intergovernmental negotiations the International Foundation took over responsibility on large-scale construction of social objects whereas the Government of Kyrgyz Republic undertook a commitment to maintain functioning of the constructed projects. Thus, two SOS Children’s Villages and two SOS Kindergartens were constructed in Bishkek and Cholpon-Ata, as well as Hermann Gmeiner Educational Complex in Bishkek.
At present both SOS Children’s Villages function in Bishkek and Cholpon-Ata providing family care for 248 needy children. There are SOS Kindergartens located and functioning in both SOS Children’s Villages. One of the branch offices of the Public Foundation in educational sphere is Hermann Gmeiner Educational complex. More than 470 children get adequate education in Kyrgyz language there. There are children from needy families as well as children from well-to-do families.   
Since 1996 after construction of SOS Children’s Villages Kyrgyzstan all the costs for providing adequate care for children without parental care and children at risk of losing parental care are covered by Hermann Gmeiner Foundation. Public Foundation “SOS Children’s Villages Kyrgyzstan” annually drums up investments to social protection system of the country at the amount of more than 70 million Kyrgyz som.
A distinctive characteristic of child care system of SOS Children’s Villages Kyrgyzstan is seen by providing different forms of child care support. Immediately upon acceptance to SOS Children’s Villages our children know that we are ready to help them in case of any need for support. This approach is in the spirit of the founder of SOS Kinderdorf International Mr. Hermann Gmeiner. Once he remarked: “We do not do anything special. We just want to give these children what the other children have”.
In addition to that a child, and later on a young person should be motivated for participation and putting vigorous efforts in the process of arranging his/her own housing (particularly, there is a necessity in imparting a culture of saving and economizing of resources, as well as transparent goals of usage of the resources). Our task is not just to buy, arrange or provide our young people with apartments/ housing. Our task is not about doing something instead of them. Our task is to support them. We should be ready to stand behind our youths in case of necessity.   

Family type care is provided starting from the Children’s Village:
1st stage. SOS Children’s Villages Kyrgyzstan admits orphaned children and children without parental care based on court decision. Upon admission child is accepted to a family house, where he/she is taken care by SOS Mother in a family environment. There are up to seven-eight children in each SOS family. SOS family stays in a family house, where children live a sound life-style like in a real family. Everyday life of family, its pastime, expenditures and child upbringing goes by in a natural family environment, and this provides a possibility for a child to rise as any other child in a usual family. Children from SOS families attend SOS Kindergarten, SOS secondary school or any other municipal school nearby. After leaving school and upon coming of age of sixteen, children move to the next stage of their life.  
2nd stage. By the time of leaving school time a child together with his/her SOS Mother defines his/her further perspectives. Depending on his/her choice a young person enters either higher educational institution or vocational school to get further education. At the same time, a young person moves to a Youth Facility (hereinafter YF) and will stay there until graduation from university and reaching the age of 20. While staying in YF a young person acquires life skills necessary for independent living. In addition to skills and knowledge provided by SOS Mother in children’s village he/she masters complementary life skills such as employment skills, financial literacy (skills on allocation of own resources), conflict management,  skills on building personal relations, maintaining relationship with biological relatives, etc. Upon getting an occupation young person moves up to the next stage of independent life called Semi-Independent Living program (hereinafter SIL program). 
3rd stage. At this stage young person has a stable job and income and starts thinking on own housing where he/she will stay after leaving the SOS care system. Therefore, at this stage young person starts working and moves to rented apartment or house. In this case, SOS provides support sharing 50 per cent of rent during the first year, and 25 per cent of rent during the second year. Thus, young person moves gradually towards fully independent and autonomous life.   
4th stage. After SIL program young person may be accompanied during a year as required until reaching complete independence. At that young person may get additional support. After SIL program young person leaves the SOS care system. Leaving the system young person receives all his savings he/she was entitled to get according to legislation (pensions and allowances) from the government. Child pensions and allowances vary depending on social status of children. In addition to state allowances young person gets subsidies, which were collected by SOS from sponsors for him/her. A whole amount of money is kept on a personal account of child during his/her stay within the SOS care system. Upon leaving the system, child gets 100 per cent of money collected during all those years. This allows a young person to leave the system as a sound citizen having a certain financial support from SOS. 
5th stage. This stage is about a program of provision SOS graduates with housing. 
For most of young people entering an independent life over the world is very difficult to set up “start” housing (which is one of the most important preconditions to achieve a successful independent life) without any financial support. They are in need of a sound family support. For children and young people from SOS Children’s Villages, who cannot rely on family support this task becomes even more challenging. That is why we, being their family of SOS Children’s Villages should help them in the beginning offering them clearly planned way. Establishing the program of provision our young people with housing is a great success as such but for them this is also a beginning of their long journey to independent and autonomous life. Providing children with professional care for many years we came to conclusion on a necessity both a professional and economical in making graduation stage of care within SOS Children’s Villages as a launch pad for successful entering into independent life of our graduates. This is not only in the spirit of the principles of SOS Children’s Villages but is also our debt of honour in front of our sponsors and people who support us.  
As soon as young person saves 40 per cent of money necessary for purchase of housing, he/she submits an application on purchase. 20 per cent of the total cost of housing should be covered by all the savings and collected money from individual account of the graduate. And in this case, SOS strives to find a sponsor, who would cover rest 40 per cent of the costs. In 2012 one of SOS graduates submitted his application and successfully purchased an apartment in Bishkek and thus, started his fully independent life.

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