Readers have been providing support to several children’s projects in Estonia through the Ottawa Rotary Club. We hope that this year many will take this opportunity to help children and young people in Estonia.
During the previous year the challenging task of helping children became even more difficult because of the worldwide economic crisis that has been felt even here in Canada.
The economic crisis resulted in local governments being forced to curtail financial support resulting in particular hardship for large families that have many school-aged children. They require proper clothing and footwear and incur other expenses that are associated with going to school.
One of the children’s aid projects that Action Estonia supported recently put it as follows: “At this time in our city, the number of families requiring social assistance has doubled form last summer… The situation will get worse with more job losses looming and many have already used up their unemployment benefits… “
“Karksi-Nuia and Tallinn International Rotary Club”: The help that we provided to large families has been directed especially towards these two locations and their activities.
“The Christian Youth Home in Tartu”: The home’s work is still mainly directed towards education and folk culture.
“Jõhvi and Valga”: There your donations supported city government social service agency’s “Children’s Aid Funds” and helped improve the situations of poorer families.
Thanks to our volunteers we have minimal administrative expenses and so we have been able to send almost the entire amount of donations to Estonia. Please make out your cheque to “Action Estonia” and mail to:
c/o Embassy of the Republic of Estonia
260 Dalhousie St., Suite 210,
(This is a Rotary Club of Ottawa project, with charitable registration number 0213397-63 [Service Fund]. Income tax receipts will be issued in January and July).
Contacts: T.Kauri (613) 741-7118
L. Vainola (613) 231-2876
J. Wallner (613) 269-2809
Action Estonia: Let us help children in Estonia