The most recent (2016) data for Slovenia shows that the at-risk-of-poverty rate remains at 13.9% and the risk of social exclusion rate at 18.4%. This is especially troubling given that 46,000 of the people living in poverty are children.
To offer help to Slovenian families in need The Human Safety Net partnered with Zveza prijateljev mladine Ljubljana Moste-Polje (Association of Friends of Youth Ljubljana Moste-Polje). The association’s program ‘Volja vselej najde pot’ (Will Always Finds a Way) is supported by the Ministry of labor, family, social affairs and equal opportunities and certified by the Social Chamber of Slovenia, and offers help and support in various fields connected to family life.
Family members can participate in number of workshops designed to strengthen parenting skills, learn to manage financial affairs and the household, improve literacy) as well as receive therapeutic help and support for utilizing Slovenia’s social system. Children can take advantage of holiday and free time activities, and all activities are organized by professional, experienced volunteers and social workers.
The goal is to help improve each family’s living conditions. Participating families learn new skills and reinforce exisiting skills, thereby creating a path to a better future.
Since 2015 we have helped 146 families in need, helping them pay bills, organizing family weekends for roughly one hundred families, and giving them an opportunity to change their lives and the lives of their children for the better.