First Prize winner: “I am not afraid!”
Little People Romania goes home with the ERSTE Foundation Award for Social Integration’s sea-urchin trophy for the project “I am not afraid!”
35 organisations from CEE are the winners of the ERSTE Foundation Award for Social Integration 2013! The Award Ceremony took place on 27 June in Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier, where over 700 guests applauded the best of the best in social integration from CEE! The total prize money of €616,000 is shared by: First Prize winner, Second Prize winner, 2 Third Prize winners, 26 Honorary Awards, 4 Special Prizes of the Jury, and 1 Practitioners’ Award.
Click here for more details and the list of all winning projects.
First Prize (€40,000): “I Am Not Afraid!” – Little People Romania
“I Am Not Afraid!” helps children with cancer better understand and deal with their situations. The project started in 2010, at a time when around 400 newly diagnosed children did not receive any psychosocial support. They were left alone in a bleak world they couldn’t understand, felt sick but didn’t know why, could turn only to their parents, also emotionally affected. Now, Little People staff and volunteers work in all seven hospitals that provide full cancer treatment. They welcome children and explain their situation, play games, and create stories that make hospital life less scary. Children become less afraid and, as the mascot of the project suggests, face their illness with the courage of little lions.
Stay tuned on www.socialintegration.org!