We are the Jacobs Foundation winners!

There are 5,000 children in approximately 100 children’s homes (institutional care) in Slovakia. Due to poverty, unemployment, ill health, abuse, and neglect, the families cannot meet the needs of children who are then transferred to institutional care.

Tvoj Buddy finds, trains, matches and continuously supports caring mentors for these vulnerable children. This one-to-one long-term mentoring relationship helps children overcome their traumas and acquire essential skills for a successful integration into society.


Lucia Kossarova is the co-founder of the Slovakian program BUDDY. She receives one of ten #KJJAwards for social innovation and engagement.

In 2018, the Jacobs Foundation bestows 10 awards to social innovators and change makers in the field of child and youth development. What the ten awardees have in common is their wish for social change and their restless personal social engagement. They are beyond talking – they act.


Thank you Jacobs Foundation!