The purpose of the visit is to draw attention to the problem of orphans and children deprived of parental care and to inform how important is to ensure the right of every child to live and grow up in a family.
According to the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, nowadays more than 8.8 thousand children are being grown up in residential institutions: children's homes, orphanages and boarding schools. In such institutions, despite the efforts of staff, it is impossible to fill the lack of love and care that these children would have received in families.
Therefore, in his address to journalists, Jaap Ora highlighted that the objective of the EU technical assistance in the social protection sector is to support the government in reducing dependence on residential forms of education and to develop the institution of foster family.
We would like to remind that since January 2017, the EU launched a technical assistance project to support structural reforms in the field of social protection of population and protection of children. The project also helps to meet the conditions of the financing agreement between the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the European Union that foresees financial support to the Kyrgyz budget by the EU in the amount of EUR 30 million in 2015-2017.
Vice Prime Minister Cholpon Sultanbekova emphasised that children should be the first priority in the reform of the residential care system. She underlined that foster families can change lives of children. Therefore, every citizen can contribute and help children. For its part, the state commits itself to provide financial support to children who are placed in foster families.