At the end of 2013, the SOS Children’s Village took it upon itself to partner with the Republic of Estonia in providing support and care for up to five children or youth at a time – for the so-called “unaccompanied minors” who, for reasons such as war or catastrophe, have found their way to Estonia. The service is provided under a contract with the Estonian National Social Insurance Board.
It has been a responsibility and a challenge for the organization since the procurement. The arrangements have required several local organizations and departments to cooperate in order to establish a well-functioning system. The SOS Village has focused on enhancing its competency in order to contribute to the improvement of this service in the country.
The employees of the SOS Children’s Village have dedicated themselves to providing the non-native children and youth, many of whom are staying only temporarily, with the best possible care and safe environment.