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School’s Hard When Mom’s Not Around
   
A new fundraising campaign launched in August by the Polish branch of the international SOS Children’s Villages organization aims to give abandoned and orphaned children equal opportunities in school.

Most children are happy to be back in school after the summer break and share stories of how they spent their vacations. Carrying new schoolbags, the kids are escorted to school by their proud parents. But for poor, abandoned and orphaned children, the start of a new school year is often a difficult time. The SOS Children’s Villages organization wants to help such underprivileged children through a campaign called “School’s Hard When Mom’s Not Around.”

Getting children set up for the school year is expensive. According to a report by the CBOS polling center, in 2013 parents in Poland spent an average of zl.826 on getting a child ready for school. Almost half of Polish families sign children up for paid private lessons and other extracurricular activities. All of this presents a major financial challenge for SOS Children’s Villages. Each SOS family looks after five to eight children and each child needs a set of textbooks and school supplies as well as assistance in studying. Older children who come under the organization’s care often have serious problems speaking, reading and writing. They require intensive work with speech therapists and counselors in order to catch up with their peers.

The SOS Children’s Villages organization is asking donors for financial support.

You can make a donation directly to the organization’s bank account (07 12406247 1111 0000 4975 0683) or by following quick links at the www.wioskisos.org website.