- August 7, 2014
Summer holiday in Poland thanks to “Serce dzieciom” foundation from Gdynia
The Fundacja Przyjaciół Wilna i Grodna “Serce dzieciom” (The Foundation of Vilnius and Grodno’s Friends “Heart for Children”) operating in Gdynia organised another annual summer holiday in Poland for children from the Vilnius Region. The first group of children came to Pomerania on June 1. On August 24, the last group of children from orphanages will leave Poland.
For many years, the Foundation of Vilnius and Grodno’s Friends “Heart for Children” has taken care of orphanages in Vilnius, Naujoji Vilnia, and Šalčininkai, where children of Polish descent reside. The children spend 2-3 months of their summer holidays in Poland, they are also being invited for Christmas and Easter. They reside at homes of families participating in the project or at summer camps organised by the foundation.
During the twenty years of the foundation’s activity, about 5,000 children have spent their summer holiday in Poland. For her work for Lithuanian children of Polish descent, the President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski decorated the President of the Foundation of Vilnius and Grodno’s Friends “Heart for Children” Sylwia Karłowska with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. The decoration occurred on July 4, 2014, in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.
This summer, the foundation has once again invited the children for holiday in Poland. The first group of children came to Gdańsk at the beginning of June, soon after the school year in Lithuania had ended. The children spent a whole month in Poland. On June 29 and July 27 two another groups came to Pomerania to spent their holiday at Polish families. The last group is to leave Poland on August 24.
Based on: sercedzieciom.org
Translated by Michał M. Kowalski within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.