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Social or economic difficulties can often lead to a breakdown in the family unit resulting from alcoholism, drug addiction, delinquency and abuse, and children are placed in foster care. One such center, which Sonce v Srcu (SvS) has been working with since 2005, provides a home for 80 to 100 youth-at-risk between the ages of 5-17. SvS organizes field trips and cultural workshops for the foster children in small groups to help provide opportunities to gain self-esteem, learn communication skills, broaden their perspectives in life, and reinforce English language skills through positive interaction and communication.
One rarely survives through the trauma of a car accident unscathed. Besides broken bones, injuries to the brain cause lasting damage. The healing process can take many years and the next step of trying to regain a semblance of normal life and become a useful member of society again can be a painfully slow process. SvS works with a rehabilitation center for accident victims which provides neuro-physiotherapy, work therapy, and other stimulating activities. SvS hosts weekly workshops to help the patients acquire a positive and broader outlook on life through English lessons, travel logs and personal interaction.
It can be a challenge for Slovenian young people to find and keep well-paying positions in the work-force, even for those with a good education. Sonce v Srcu's Youth Volunteer Club aims to assist students and young professionals in developing their skills in communication, team-working, leadership, problem-solving and conversational English, among others. The youth club is also a platform for incubating volunteer efforts, whereby students can find fulfillment through participating in events like bringing a puppet show and gifts to a pediatric hospital, musical performances for the elderly, distributing food at a shelter or visits to a school for special needs children.
Thanks to the help of local sponsors, Sonce v Srcu volunteers collect and organize the distribution of donated goods to socially disadvantaged families and struggling individuals in Slovenia. Items such as dairy products, fresh bread and produce, as well as second-hand clothing are provided regularly to pre-selected recipients.
Among our former activities in Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina was transporting and delivering tons of humanitarian aid (clothes, shoes, food, medicine, school supplies, toys etc) to refugee camps, orphanages, hospitals and other institutions during the period of political strife that the former Yugoslavia was emerging from.