Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: WOSM projects for the Balkans
WOSM projects for the Balkans
Sat, 12 Jun 1999 20:53:00 +0000
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In Scouting, even people from "enemy" countries can talk and work together.
A few days ago, the European Scout Committee met with representatives of
Scout associations in "hot" balkan areas: Yugoslavia, Albania and Macedonia
The subject of the meeting was: what can the Scout Movement do to help
children affected by the conflict; particularly those who are living in the
refugee camps or in the Serbian bombed cities?
Two projects were launched at this meeting: "Just a day" and "Children of the
future"; you'll find more information about them later.
Please disseminate this information!
Children of the Future
There are many thousands of children who are now refugees in the Balkans as a
result of the conflicts there. They have lost their homes and very often
their parents. They no longer have a safe environment, schools or emotional
Basic needs such as shelter, food and security may already be covered, but
there are still many threats such as the loss of moral values, ethnic hatred,
violence, psychological disorders, delinquency or child abuse.
The European Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, in
co-operation with other youth and humanitarian organisations including UNHCR
and UNICEF, is launching a project called Children for the Future:
- because children are the first victims of conflicts;
- because we must take care of children if we are to prepare for a different
- because children will be the first to reject ethnic hatred, prejudice and
violence in order to restore human and moral values.
The Children for the Future project is intended for girls and boys aged 8 to
14. Its aim is to provide as many children as possible, from the three
countries directly involved - Albania, Macedonia (FYRO) and the Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia, with a relevant and attractive educational programme
through a number of Children for the Future Centres.
Children for the Future Centres will be established in the refugee camps, as
well as in cities where children have been affected by the conflict. Each
Children for the Future Centre will be run by a team of specially trained
youth workers aged 18 to 30. Teams will comprise Scout leaders from the
national Scout association and other youth organisations as well as
volunteers from other European countries and young people from the refugee
camps. The programme offered by the Children for the Future Centres will be
based on the Scout method as well as on the education for development
approach developed by UNICEF. It will not simply be a programme for
consumption but an active programme aiming to make children responsible for
their own development.
Funds are needed quickly to establish as many Children for the Future Centres
as possible. National Scout associations in Europe which wish to adopt one or
several Children for the Future Centres or provide support in terms of
equipment and volunteers are kindly asked to contact the European Scout
Call for Children For the Future Volunteers!
Are you aged 18-30, experienced in working with children or young adolescents
and willing to help in the Children for the Future Centres during July and
August, preferably for three weeks? Your help is needed in refugee camps in
Albania and Macedonia (FYRO) as well as in Scout camps in Yugoslavia. Details
and application forms are available from the European Scout Office
(email@example.com) or the European Scout Region's web site (www.
Just One Day!
A new project called Just One Day has been launched by the European Scout
Region to raise funds to support the Children for the Future Centres.
Additional funds will be sought from foundations, sponsors and national and
international agencies. Whilst we strongly encourage associations to continue
to assist non-governmental organisations and relief agencies, we believe that
it is important to support the Scout associations in Balkan countries which
are already working to help young people. After all, Scouting is not a relief
agency but we do know how to work with children and young people. Scout
Associations in Albania, Macedonia (FYRO) and the Federal Republic of
Yugoslavia have already done a lot in very difficult circumstances, but with
our help they could do even more.
Just One Day was developed at a meeting of these associations in Athens on 16
May, hosted by Soma Hellinon Proskopon with the support of the European Scout
Region. It is proposed that when a Scout unit (Cub Scouts, Scouts or Venture
Scouts/Rovers) is planning a camp they add the cost of an extra day to the
amount charged to their members. We calculate that this will be on average
EUR 5 per person. The money raised is then donated to the Just One Day
project. The European Scout Foundation will hold the money received and the
European Scout Committee will agree upon the precise use of the money.
All money raised will be used exclusively to support the work of Scouting in
Payments should be made to:
The European Scout Foundation "Emergency in the Balkans"
UBS-SA Case Postale 2600 CH-1211 Geneva
No 240-605864 70F
This account is a Euro account. By transferring money in Euros if possible,
costs are reduced to a minimum. However, payment in any convertible currency
is welcome. The money collected will help:
- Scouts in the Balkans to take part in more camps and other activities;
- children and young people in those countries to take part in activities
organised by Scouts, either in refugee camps or with young people who have
been traumatised by the war in other ways;
- leaders to be trained and supported in order to work effectively in these
Just One Day is not only a way of raising money. It is an educational
programme for Scouts all over Europe. Special resource material has been
devised for use by Scout units. This material is designed to help our members
understand the situation faced by children and young people in the Balkans
and offer their assistance. The activities are enjoyable and a practical
support for busy leaders on the lookout for programme ideas! The material
will be downloadable from the European Scout Region's web site from about
We ask national Scout associations to publicise this project widely and to
encourage and assist Scout units to support it. Thank you for the support
which we know you will give to this important initiative. Scouting in the
Balkans has never been more important than it is now, as we look for ways of
encouraging peace, justice and reconciliation.
European Scout Office
Rue Henri Christin., 5
Tel (+41 22) 705 11 00
Fax (+41 22) 705 11 09
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