We are the winners of the 2018 Jacobs Foundation social innovation award


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.  

Currently, more than 5 000 children in Slovakia live in Centres for children and families (former "children's homes"). Unfortunately, their biological parents were unable to care for them due to poverty, unemployment, ill health, abuse or neglect. The BUDDY program finds, selects and connects volunteers with children from centres so they can provide individual long-term support to the vulnerable children. This one-to-one relationship based on trust helps children overcome their traumas and acquire essential skills for a successful integration into society.  

Thanks to Jacobs Foundation, we can continue to change children’s lives.