Things That Made More Than 6000 Children Smile in 2016
This year has been one to remember for the Novak Djokovic Foundation. Therefore, we would like to share with you the things we did in 2016 to make children smile and keep dreaming big.
Over 6000 children in Serbia benefited from the projects and programs the Novak Djokovic Foundation implemented in 2016. “Schools of Life – Together for Childhood” project continued to develop successfully. This year two new Schools of Life, opened in Sid and Pecinci, provided nearly 100 boys and access to high-quality preschool programs. Six projects selected during the last Foundation’s Call for New Projects, reached completion. In addition, due to NDF donations, new furniture, books, toys, didactic materials and other supplies were delivered to kindergartens and schools in Zagubice, Vlasotinci, Novi Sad, Stara Pazova, Svilajnac, Cuprija and Guca. In April, we also traditionally marked International Book Day and International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Some of our annual events and campaigns took place as well. The fourth Friendship Games camp was held on Kopaonik Mountain. We also ran New Year campaign, this year in cooperation with the regional broadcaster Radio Television of Vojvodina, and brought presents to children in kindergartens and their peers in foster care from Vojvodina. These events included 1000 preschoolers.
In the past few months we have been working hard to reach our goals in 2016. Entire NDF team invested a good deal of time and effort to finish as many projects focused on ECE and EDC as possible. We visited lots of municipalities, rural areas and towns throughout Serbia to ensure that schools and kindergartens in need receive our donations. We are glad for being able to provide better learning conditions for thousands of kids and help them get off to a happy, healthy start in life. We also supported professional development of educators and child care workers –school and preschool teachers participated in 200 hours of training programs and workshops within the Schools of Life and MindUp projects – said Gorana Dzudza Jakovljevic, NDF project manager.
In addition, four new Schools of Life will be opened in the forthcoming period in Vladimirci, Sabac, Mionica and Odzaci.
Some of the agreements for the implementation of projects selected during the 2015 Foundation’s Call for New projects in Srbobran, Gornji Milanovac, Aleksandrovac, Pozega and Medosevac have been already signed while others are in the preparation phase. Equipping or reconstruction of kindergartens in these municipalities, through donations to preschool institutions, will be carried out in the following months.
We recognize local authorities as our closest and essential partners in the implementation of our projects and programs. Working together, we have succeeded to open all our Schools of Life and finish equipping of preschool and school facilities under the last year’s call for project proposals. We look forward to our collaboration in the year ahead. We hope preschool institutions that applied for NDF funding and have their donations approved will be able to provide necessary documentation in the shortest time possible and sign with the Foundation the agreement needed to start project implementation. Document preparation process is underway in preschools in Zitoradje, Krusevac, Novi Sad and Smederevo – explained Dzuzda Jakovljevic.
The next call for project proposals will be open as soon as all the projects under the 2015/2016 NDF Call for projects are finished.
In 2016 a three-year pilot project “Family Outreach Worker” reached its final stage. The service that the Novak Djokovic Foundation supplied the initial funds for in 2013 has been implemented in partnership with UNICEF and the Serbian Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs. We are proud of the results achieved so far and confident that “Family Outreach Worker” will be integrated into the national social welfare system. Furthermore, the second cycle of classes and workshops regarding the implementation of Mind Up program in cooperation with the Hawn Foundation started this year in four cities in Serbia.
Cooperation with Harvard University, and the projects “Tesla 4 Kids” and “Month of Music” also marked 2016, another incredibly successful year for the Novak Djokovic Foundation.