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Novak Djokovic Foundation and The Human Safety Net Opened First Center for Parents in Kovacica

by , Posted on 30th Sep 2021

In collaboration with The Human Safety Net, Generali Group’s global initiative, the Foundation also announced the opening of 15 Centers for Parents across Serbia in which “Support, NOT perfection” workshops will take place.

Within their “Support, NOT perfection” program (SNP), Novak Djokovic Foundation opened a new, first-of-its-kind Center for Parents in “Kolibri” preschool. Centers for Parents represent a unique project that is being implemented in Serbia for the very first time and it emerged with the aim to further empower the SNP participants in order to take better care of their children. The funds have been secured through The Human Safety Net’s “Scale Up Impact” – an innovative multi-year strategy for amplifying the social impact for the most vulnerable families and aspiring entrepreneurs. Until the end of December, 10 Centers will be open in total, in Pancevo, Sabac, Vladimirci, Bac, Jagodina, Sremska Mitrovica, Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Uzice, whereas an additional 5 will be open in 2022.

You can postpone anything except the love for your child: the first Center for Parents was opened in Kovacica.

The Support, NOT perfection program was created by the Novak Djokovic Foundation’s team of professionals. It consists of 10 workshops led by trained facilitators with the main goal to give parents of children 0 to 6 an opportunity to acquire new knowledge and skills, and develop a mutual network of support. Centers for Parents will be an important resource to all parents, caregivers, and staff in local communities. At their disposal, they will have a cozy, pleasant, and creative ambiance in which they will have an opportunity to share their experiences and everyday challenges that they encounter on a daily basis, and which are of paramount importance for them and their children.

At the opening, the attendees were addressed by: Maja Kremic – NDF National Director, Gorana Rasic – Executive Board member at Generali Osiguranje Serbia and The Human Safety Net, Smiljana Grujic – NDF Head of programs, and Natasa Kostic – “Kolibri“ (Hummingbird in English) preschool authorized person and SNP trained facilitator.

“We are delighted to be able to empower parents and caregivers in their most important and challenging role in life while being selflessly supported by our long-term partners. Invigorated by our founders’ values, we believe that family is a fundamental basis of any thriving society and community, and we are looking forward to new faces, stories, and friendships that the workshops in these new Centers will give birth to,” said Maja Kremic, NDF National Director.

Marko Kovacevic, Maja Kremic, and Smiljana Grujic will be taking some precious gifts and souvenirs to the Foundation that will remind them of the opening of the Center for Parents in Kovacica.

“Support, NOT perfection” is projected to aid a further 2,200 parents and almost 4,400 children in 2021 and 2020, while closely working with government institutions and local authorities.

“Since 2017, our Foundation has been successfully implementing the SNP program that has helped a large number of families in Serbia. Our workshops, which, among other things, resulted in the opening of Centers such as this one today, are characterized by genuineness, warmth, appreciation, and—probably the keyword here—support. The Centers will commence a new cycle of workshops that have so far been attended by 2,000 parents and caregivers from 24 towns in Serbia,” added Smiljana Grujic, NDF Head of programs.

The little ones whose parents and caregivers will be attending workshops in the new Center put on quite a little show for everyone present.

“We are glad that, through The Human Safety Net, Generali’s global initiative, we have a possibility to sustain our partner’s ‘Support, NOT perfection’ program. Thanks to additional funds secured by our initiative, together with our partner and local municipalities, we will have opened 15 Centers by the end of next year. We will thus provide even more support to parents and enable children a happier childhood and equal chances for a decent future,” retorted Gorana Rasic, Executive Board member at Generali Osiguranje Serbia and The Human Safety Net.

So many hummingbird hearts! New Centers for Parents will be filled with love, appreciation, and mutual respect.

“We are thankful to the Novak Djokovic Foundation, Generali Osiguranje Serbia, and The Human Safety Net for recognizing our multinational community where thoughts, tradition, customs, and ways of raising children intertwine. As a professional in this field, workshops have affected me to start seeing life and children in a totally different way—to start looking at the world through the eyes of a child and understand their feelings, needs, and soul. By exchanging ideas and experiences with our children, we make this world a better place,” concluded Natasa Kostic of “Kolibri“ preschool. 

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