In 2019 we strengthened the team, systems and processes in preparation for further growth. A new program manager joined the team and we expanded to a new region - Trenčín. We introduced a new child protection policy; prepared our first local volunteer recruitment campaign and defined our fundraising & marketing strategy. 
(Un)conventional guy with an exceptionally good heart. About why he chose this path, how he perceives the BUDDY program, what experiences and joys he went through with Juraj, but also about how they regularly spend their time together.
Year 2018 brought further professionalisation of the BUDDY program. The program was independently evaluated by Applied Research Consulting which confirmed that BUDDY creates and maintains strong relationships, which then enable the child’s development. We also strengthened our operations team and introduced a new IT system. We increased financial support from regular recurrent revenues, received the Jacobs Foundation award for social innovation, and acquired the Outcomes Star license, an evidence-based tool to monitor the progress of children towards resilience and independence. 
We are proud to share this amazing news. The BUDDY program was awarded one of ten 2018 Klaus. J. Jacobs Awards for social innovation and engagement by the Jacobs Foundation. The #KJJAwards2018 prize was obtained by 10 projects around the world focusing on innovation in care and development of children and young adults.  
In 2017 we worked hard to improve the BUDDY program and helped more children from Centres for children and families (former “children’s homes”). Our team of professionals expanded, we setup a regular newsletter and started focusing on quality and measurement of the impact of the program. 
Read our Annual Report here.  
How my BUDDY changed my life