Reconstructing a home for disadvantaged children
In the Slovak region of Košice the EEA and Norway Grants are helping transform an outdated children's home to better suit the needs of disadvantaged children.
With support from the EEA and Norway Grants, the children's home in Košická Nová Ves has moved to new premises in order to provide care for the children in a more residential setting. Extensive renovation works are ongoing, and the new home will be officially opened in November 2009.
Since the 1980s, the children's home has been located in a former local primary school, where the children stayed in large, dormitory style rooms. Attempts at providing the children with a better suited environment have been ongoing since 2001, and with the last block of funding granted from the EEA and Norway Grants, the children can now enjoy privacy and space in a more homely environment.
A group of 14 children will live together with social workers in the new home, which consists of residental houses and flats. According to Anna Mazágová and Júlia Kostolná, who work at the home, the aim of the children's home is to make the children better prepared for the practical challenges of an independent life outside the institution, as well as securing their integration into social and family life. The children's home will be organised into small groups where the children live together with carers. This way, the children will live in a home environment that is more like a traditional family than what they have experienced previously.
In Košice, many of the children in public care belong to the Roma minority group. As a group the Roma are poorly integrated into Slovak society, and many suffer from a number of social problems. At the children's home in Košická Nová Ves, Roma children who cannot live safely with their parents are given the opportunity to grow up in a caring environment.
Reconstruction of the family type children’s house
Health and childcare
Type & project assistance:
Children's House in Koická Nová Ves
Type of institution:
EEA Grants and Norway Grants
Grant agreement date:
30 November 2007
The purpose of the Project is the renovation of a building into a family style home for foster children, with the overall objective of improving the care and upbringing of foster children in Košická Nová Ves. Reference is made to the application dated 20 March 2006, and to correspondence with the Focal Point dated 26 February 2007, 4 May 2007, and 17 May 2007.
The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:
- public procurement activities;
- renovation works for the modification and expansion of the building into a family type house, including the replacement of windows, new roofing, etc.
- installation of water, natural gas, sewage and drainage connections;
- purchase and installation of a new boiler system;
- furnishing of the building;
- construction of a playground;
- landscaping and gardening works; and
- publicity activities.
The Project Promoter is Detský domov Košická Nová Ves (the Children's home in Košická Nová Ves).
The Focal Point shall ensure that the State budget of the Slovak Republic will provide at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible Project cost.