The poverty in the area is mainly due to geographical isolation, the poor access of its roadways and the lack of any future prospects for young people.
There is almost no technical or urbanistic infrastructure – no water supply, sewerage system, gas pipelines or central heating system; the village has only lighting mains.
Dobrovat House has been built to enable the families and young children living in extreme poverty – with no access to heating, lighting, sanitation or running water – to have access to education, counselling, educational activities, clean drinking water, sanitation and a camp throughout the summer months.
To enable the project to fully operate, water was needed so that the bathrooms and kitchens were serviceable and the children had access to drinking water when at the house. With the funds provided by Atlas Copco Just a Drop worked with People Against Poverty to have pipes laid, all sewerage completed and a full cesspit installed.
With the provision of a clean and safe water source and suitable sanitation children can stay at the house four – five days throughout the summer.
The opening of Dobrovat House was launched to coincide with the start of the children’s annual camp, and already, a group of 150 children are using the facilities.
July 2014 update
The centre is being used both as a retreat for families to take a break from the dire poverty in which they live, as well as for educational purposes:
- Families have been taken to Dobrovat House for weekends and led in sessions that help them learn how to work together, play and help the parents understand the importance of education for their children and the importance of being great role models.
- A group from the Dallas region was taken to learn about growing their own food – they have little or no knowledge of agriculture and were given training and taken to a working farm to learn new horticultural skills. They are now putting this into action on their own land, and taking pride in their homes.
- A psychologist/social worker visited to provide workshops about functioning family life for all ages of children. The families loved it, and it transpired that many of the parents through they were the only ones facing problems with children, it brought them closer together and they are now sharing their problems and solutions.
- The house is being prepared to take in around 160 children this month for their summer camp away – fresh air, proper beds, nutritional food and a break from the ghettos and poverty in which they live.
Date of Project: May 2012
Beneficiaries: 1,838 per year