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Teaser Photo Education as a bridge to a new life III

A cooperative project between the Lyoness Child & Family Foundation and Centrum Dorka

Project Description

The education and care centre Dorka in Košice is a point of contact for families in need, single mothers and their children, as well as for orphans. The organisation supports them by offering accommodation, childcare and various education possibilities. The goal is to enable single mothers, young parents and adolescents to live an independent life.

The programme is based on a 3 stage model: The Homework Club offers tutoring and intensive learning to improve the children’s school performance. The “Getting Ahead Group Workshops” for single mothers are intended to help them visualise their goals and to plan their next steps in life. The third part involves improving the level of education of the mothers, young parents and adolescents. Through various services, the mothers should be able to get back onto the career ladder or have the possibility to get back to school and achieve entrance qualifications for higher education.

As a result of the project’s positive development in the last two years due to the support of the Lyoness Child & Family Foundation, the cooperation will continue. In the last year there have been education programmes (cooking and computer classes) in addition to the 3-step-model. These classes help children, teenagers and adults to enhance their job opportunities and increase their independence.

In 2013 additional services will be offered, such as a sewing class for women and occupational therapy for women and children over 14.

Project Goals

Increase of independence and improvement of the overall life quality as a result of education, better job opportunities and the establishment of a home for needy children, teenagers, young families and single mothers.

Due to the support of the Lyoness Child & Family Foundation it is possible to further establish the existing 3-step-model as well as the computer and cooking classes and expand the offerings by providing occupational therapy, sewing clases and external education programmes.

Project Title

Education as a bridge to a new life III

Project Location

Košice, Slovakia

Project Period

January 2013 - January 2014


85 living in clients – 17 families, 25 young adults, 9 kids

Project Partner

Dorka Centrum pre obnovu rodiny