It is not a secret that children and adolescents who are in difficult life situations, that are left without care, attention and to themselves. They are easily tempted to examples of their peer, too early having sexual relations, taking drugs from street environment as same as alcohol and cigarettes. In most of cases, very fast they have various addictions, destroy own health and mental health, having a high risk of infection with serious viruses, including HIV. Boys are drawn into a dangerous street lifestyle, miss school lessons; do not want to return to their family because of various reasons. Many of them have lost faith in the fact that they are necessary to someone; consequently they cannot stop taking drugs on their own. “Open Doors” center provides services of different types for children and adolescents, as well as for their parents.
Target group of “Open Doors” Center: children and teenager from disadvantaged and low-income families, children and adolescents leading street lifestyle and drug users, children and their parents from internally displaced families.
Working with children and teenagers that lead street lifestyle and taking drugs. In “Open Doors” Center there are all convenient conditions for comfortable stay of children, health care assistance, shower and place for holding classes and small dining room. Reasons of difficult life situation and clarifying its consequences that made child to live on the street, formation of social assistance strategy – all this is elaborated in the center. Working with children and teenagers that lead street lifestyle and taking drugs. In “Open Doors” Center there are all convenient conditions for comfortable stay of children, health care assistance, shower and place for holding classes and small dining room. Reasons of difficult life situation and clarifying its consequences that made child to live on the street, formation of social assistance strategy – all this is elaborated in the center. In an unobtrusive conversations or games are hold classes on prevention of infection illnesses, health care, and children learn about the dangers and consequences of using drugs and alcohol, studying how to live without drugs. On base of the Center is provided a pre-medical and medical assistance. Most of children and teenagers get help from doctors of “Open Doors” Center; usually these are skin infections, injuries, gastrointestinal diseases, HIV infection. Doctors conduct convenient medical checkups and social workers support with various test procedures and other analyzes, in severe cases – a support into hospital or clinic is made. In Center developmental and educational games, art therapy classes are conducted, all of it is worldwide considered as one of the most effective methods of social adaptation. Children with great fun doing all sorts of handmade, draw, take part in various celebrations.
Our task – to help children through gradual formation of motivation to return to society, to rudece drug use, HIV and other dangerous infections, decrease the level of criminalization in this environment.
Work on prevention of domestic violence. Specialists of “Open Doors” center set themselves the task to stop violence in family, to help families to overcome crisis and to eliminate the phenomenon of street children. Children visit Center after lessons at school. Teachers help to prepare their homework, then comes the time to work in groups and sport sections. Children can attend additional classes in English and science, computer classes, drama studio. They can also play board and computer games, read books or watch movies. Thanks to teacher’s efforts, many children have significantly increased their level of knowledge, and it helps them in during their classes in school. In Center a psychologist is always ready to listen to the child and give him/her useful advice. Besides, children jointly with specialists and volunteers visit theaters and cinema, zoo and delphinium. In friendly atmosphere, children organize their own concerts and special events. “Open Doors” Center systematically works with families who are registered. It is for this reason various conversation are conducted on prevention of domestic violence, a group of self-assistance for mothers who provided support and assistance concerning issues of addiction treatment. Parents get help with employment, and their children with their studies and admitting to colleges and technical schools. For those families, where parents for various reasons are unable to work, “open doors” specialists are searching for sponsorship for financial support. For many years, in Center operates a base of clothes collection, toys and other necessary items. All this is distributed among those who are in need. In Center free legal consulting are organized. It helps to prepare statements of case, letters and petitions to various authorities, providing support in resolving disputes and conflicts with housing and public utilities, is engaged a restoration of documents.
Specialists of “Open Doors” Center observe children development that gradually increases desire to learn new things, appears a need to communicate with peers and adults, begun to find their place in society. Gradually they change for better behavior. This fact is performed with the desire to continue their studies in colleges or school, to find job. Over time, they will start consider their future life rationally and with more serious position, because they are already in search how to change their lives. And “Open Doors” Center will certainly help them with it.
Work with children and teenagers from families of internally displaced persons from war zone (Lugansk and Donetsk regions). It is organized a social, psychological and juridical assistance for children and adults from internally displaced families. Free juridical consulting is conducted as same as a reception and delivery site of clothes, shoes and stationery.