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© Caritas
© Caritas

CARITAS & Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein

Caritas children’s campaign

The children’s campaign run by the charity Caritas raises money for children in the poorest countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The goal of the fundraising campaign is to raise public awareness of the hardship faced by almost 1.5 million children in the region who live in public care facilities or in extreme poverty.

The donations are used to support on-site projects in these countries. The projects focus mainly on education, which is the key to a better life and offers a way out of poverty. A wide range of facilities, including orphanages, centres for street children and soup kitchens, are dedicated to giving disadvantaged children the prospect of a brighter future.

The support provided by Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein is used for various purposes, such as promoting the campaign: billboards and other forms of advertising draw attention to the situation faced by needy children. Thanks to this financial assistance, all of the donations collected are channelled in full to the various projects.

Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein also sponsors a specific local project each year. In 2014 this was a social centre in the Ukrainian town of Drohobych. The facility provides social counselling, basic medical treatment, therapeutic massages for children with movement disorders, and a soup kitchen. In 2015, funding was provided for the modernisation of two emergency apartments for families who had moved to Kiev after fleeing their homes in eastern Ukraine. In 2016 the Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein supported learning aid projects for children from Serbia and the construction of an education center in Romania in 2017. In 2018 Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein supported the construction of a family center in Kharkiv/Ukraine and in 2019, VIG’s main shareholder sponsored in particular the Regina Pacis children’s centre in Chișinău in Moldova.

In 2021, Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein is supporting the Petrushka Children’s Centre in Tiraspol, the capital of Transnistria in the eastern part of the Republic of Moldova. The facility provides care for over 60 children and young people up to the age of 18 from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. 35 children have access to the day centre, where they receive hot meals, exciting leisure activities, support with homework, psychological care and, if necessary, medical care. Another 25 children from families in crisis also receive temporary accommodation and 24-hour care.

For more details visit www.caritas.at/kinder (German only).