Pontis Foundation

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Aug 7, 2014

Thank you for helping abandoned children

Sandplay therapy
Sandplay therapy

Dear friends,

thank you very very much. Your gifts help abandoned children, who were born and their parents were unable or unwilling to take care of them. They were placed into institutional care. In addition, they are not ”desirable enough“ to be adopted or placed into foster care: they are an ethnic minority (Romani children), disabled, have a chronic disease, have multiple siblings, etc.

There is a danger that they will spend their entire childhood in an institution, without a family which could give them hope for brighter future.

 We create and update a database of disadvantaged abandoned children, who are not successfully being placed in families by the state. We actively seek families for these children, families who are able and willing to care for these children, in spite of their disadvantaged status. We increase the chances of a happy match for the child and the family by being aware of the history and medical needs of the child and by knowing the capacity and needs of the family.

In specific cases, we try to cooperate with the child’s birth family so that they can support the child to their full capacity – at least by providing regular and meaningful contact.

 In the previous quarter of the year 2014 (April-June) we used the money gained in the project to continue in the Filial therapy (therapy using the roleplay of the parent with a child) with new substitute families.

We trained:

  • a group of 5 substitute parents with their children (5 of them) in Bratislava
  • and a group of 5 substitute parents with the preschool aged children (6 of them) in Zilina.

In the next quarter (August-October 2014) we will train:

  • a group of Filial therapy for 3-4 parents with preschool aged children in foster care or adoption in Bratislava
  • 2 individual Filial trainings and a group training for 3 substitute parents with children in Zilina.

Experience: Parents who passed the training communicate enhancing of the relationship with the children, understanding the children and it’s needs and diminishing of the negative symptomatic behavior.

 We will continue in the training of Touch therapy with new substitute parents in all 4 centres of Navrat (Bratislava, Zilina, Banska Bystrica and Presov) according to the diagnosed needs of adopted or foster children in our care.

Kids belong to families
Kids belong to families
Aug 7, 2014

Volunteer Group Willow

Our hospital bookclub
Our hospital bookclub

In summer 2014 there are 15 regular volunteers in the inpatient units and 8 volunteers in outpatients ‘department in OUSA. There are serving hot drinks and magazines every week day in ambulances and in the halls. 15 volunteers attend the inpatient units – they sit and talk with patients in the rooms, they lead creative workshops lessons and play games with the patients. There were several ad-hoc workshops and clubs in May and June in the hospital organized by volunteers: One was held by the ecologist – the activist who volunteers in Bratislava region, the second one was organized by a volunteer who lived in Japan – the evening was devoted to Japanese culture and the last one was a concert of band called Rubato in the hospital venue.

 

We need the resources to:

 

-          Keep and to improve the service of the hot drinks distribution in the hospital – to buy coffees, teas, cups, sugar, milk and other material

-          Enable the volunteer opportunities also to people who would not be able to accompany long-term ill and terminally ill patients but would be able to carry out other activities in the hospital (clubs, crafting, library service, distribution of magazines, etc.) – to buy materials for clubs

-          Secure autumn recruitment and training of a good quality to new volunteers at the hospital thanks to the involvement of professional lecturers – to pay the professional trainers

-          Secure the protection of volunteers and patients who are in contact with them through the involvement of a qualified supervisor - the group supervision is obligatory, currently it is held once a month (three groups of volunteers – thus three Tuesdays per month) – to pay the supervisors

-          Provide uniforms for new volunteers

A small chat with our volunteer
A small chat with our volunteer
Creative workshop
Creative workshop
Hot drinks in our waiting rooms
Hot drinks in our waiting rooms
Aug 1, 2014

Your gifts help us provide food for our clients

Shelter of St. Vincent
Shelter of St. Vincent

Big thanks to all our donors and supporters from Global Giving.

 

Your gifts help us provide food for our clients. Even if we are still in the middle of the summer, which is usually a low peak season for our nightshelter, we serve food and provide beds for about 120 homeless every night. Together with those 55 clients who stay in our shelters, we feed every day up to 200 people. But helping people on streets to survive is just the first step. We also try to help them whatever their needs are: to get medical help, to deal with state institutions, look for jobs or accommodation, get in contacts with family, deal with debts or to find pension house or other institutions suitable for them.

 

To motivate clients and keep them active we try to get them involved in manual work. As a part of the social program we clean area near our projects, we organize art workshops and we also planted two gardens. Especially vegetable garden at St. Louise shelter is very fruitful and successful. Janko never worked in the garden before, but once he started he got immediately caught. Every day he can be seen in the garden: planting, watering, weeding, planning new fields or harvesting vegetables. “I am so happy to see how everything grows and blossoms. And if I see other people enjoying fresh fruit and vegetables I am really excited. … Without garden you just stay in bed and do nothing. But once you have work you can enjoy, you are happy and you have something to live for. ”

Summer in our garden
Summer in our garden
Work-therapy in the garden
Work-therapy in the garden
Harvesting the garlic
Harvesting the garlic
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