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Frontpage News 2012 Efforts for the children of Kelme


Lithuanian-Norwegian efforts for the children of Kelme

  • Flora and Kelme municipalities are working together to improve living and learning conditions for the children at Vijurkai children's home.

    Drawing on Flora municipality's experience within the field of social services and child care, Vijurkai children's home will undergo extensive renovation works and staff will be trained. In order to comply with Lithuania's national strategy for reorganising the child care system, the new children's home will provide a more homely environment to improve the children's living and learning conditions. In the long term, the centre hopes to develop into a family-based model foster home.

    "The cooperation with Flora is intensely useful for both partners," said Lina Urbelyte of the Kelme District Municipality. In close cooperation with Flora municipality, the staff at the centre is now receiving the required training and qualifications to work with disadvantaged children. "We are collaborating with people who have years of experience working within the childcare system, and they are now sharing their knowledge with their Kelme colleagues," Urbelyte continued.

    The Vijurkai children's home is now in the planning stages of major reconstruction works. The children's home is located in the premises of a school building stemming back to the 1970s. Until now, lack of funding has made basic maintenance a challenge, resulting in leaking roofs and children being crammed into small rooms.

    Vijurkai children's care home is today the only institution of its kind in the municipality, and some 40 children live at the care home. The institution welcomes children coming from difficult family situations in the local area, both for permanent and temporary care.

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    Project title:

    Vijurkai children's care home reconstruction and staff education

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Health and childcare


    € 291,908



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    Kelme Region Municipality Administration

    Type of institution:

    Local authority

    Project website:


    Project duration:

    24 months

    Project cost:

    € 417,011

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    06 August 2008

    The purpose of the Project is to renovate the Vijurkai foster home in the Kelme municipality, and improve the staff training, with the overall objective of improving the living conditions for the children in the foster home and preparing them for integration into society after leaving the foster home. Reference is made to the application dated 1 August 2007 and any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The Project will include the following activities and results:

    - Renovation of the building;

    - purchase of relevant equipment;

    - exchange trips to Flora, Norway;

    - staff training and;

    - Project management and publicity.

    The Project Promoter is the Kelme Region Municipality Administration. The Project shall be implemented in partnership with Flora Municipality (Norway).

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Lithuanian Government provides 30 percent of the total estimated eligible Project costs.