Evan Winslow

SOUTHINGTON, Connecticut — As the unemployment rate increased from 4.4% to 7.7% between 2018 to 2020, SOS Children’s Villages continues to protect children and families across four areas of Estonia. The organization works through a child sponsorship program, in which people donate $36 per month to protect a child. The Estonian Association of SOS Children’s Villages currently supports approximately 200 children in foster homes and 151 family members within the Family Strengthening Program.

Helping Children in Need

The organization partners with local government and public donors to keep up with Children’s Villages’ upkeep and projects in Poltsamaa, Juuru, Keila and Ida-Virumaa. The goal of SOS children’s villages is to protect orphans and children without proper childcare through foster homes while addressing family issues through the Family Strengthening Programme in Estonia.

SOS Estonia Child Rights Advisor Julia Kovalenko told The Borgen Project that the Estonian local government provides “each child a certain amount of per capita money.” Kovalenko explained that “as long as we have a minimum number of children in the villages, then we have secured minimum budget to survive,” as further fundraising is necessary for the Family Strengthening program.