Since the beginning of the state of emergency, we have been trying to find ways to support the Small Group Homes which are more than 280 in the whole country. Approximately 3000 children and youngsters live in these centers. They are deprived of parental care and many of them have various disabilities. The Coronavirus crisis placed these children in high risk in view of their vulnerability.
Over the last week, we participated in several media activities and discussion with the authorities on how we can partner to help these centers solve their problems. We are happy that some of the problems we alarmed about are already being solved.
We were informed that as of today, extensive virus testing begins of the employees of the Small Group Homes. We are confident that this testing will provide a clear picture about the real situation and the employees at the centers will feel more comfortable.
Among other problems of which we have been trying to find solutions is the additional financial compensation for the employees at these centers. They are not equally treated compared to their colleagues from the Agency for Social Assistance who already received additional financial compensation. The amount of work as well as the operating expenses at these centers have increased substantially.
We continue working actively to overcome the challenges we face as well as to support our employees who are at all times devoted to taking care of the children and youths.