Special coronavirus aid of more than CZK 3.6 million

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2. 5. 2020

 The COVID-19 epidemic and its consequences are currently plaguing the whole society. It is no different for children's care homes, socially disadvantaged families or foster families. The good news is that thanks to our donors, Tereza Maxová Foundation was able to distribute special coronavirus aid amounting to more than CZK 3.6 million. Our long-term partners, such as ING Bank, which contributed CZK 2.7 million, reacted immediately. The support was distributed throughout the country and was directed mainly to areas related to education - such as tutoring costs, technical equipment for long-distance schooling - as well as health protection, including preventive packages with vitamins, disinfectants and face masks.

The coronavirus epidemic has changed lives across society. The state of emergency and follow-up measures also affected foster parents, mothers in shelters and socially disadvantaged families. Suddenly they found themselves in isolation, and not just a physical one. They found themselves on the fringes of interest when it comes to their needs.

Closing of schools and need to isolate the facility bring many problems to the institutional care homes for children. Children spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the facility. Caretakers try to maintain a sense of normalcy, substitute school teachers and come up with a program for the children, but due to different age categories, it is difficult. Also, children lack contact with friends and family outside of their facility. The given situation places huge demands on caretakers in particular. Homes lack the conditions and equipment for home education and often also health protection.

"When we found out what condition children's homes are now forced to function in, they decided to act immediately. The foundation contacted over 190 children's facilities, foster parents and shelter homes around the country with special coronavirus assistance. I called the orphanages myself and talked to the children via video so that they would know that we were thinking of them and that we were here trying to help them. The foundation team remained available to everyone who needed us through quarantine and physical distance,"
said Tereza Maxová, founder of the foundation.

Thanks to corporate as well as individual donors, CZK 3.6 million have already been distributed. One of the companies that responded immediately and donated CZK 2.7 million to the aid was ING Bank. This amount was distributed to help 76 children's homes and 15 foster families, directly improving the lives of 2,578 children.
"We have been cooperating with the Tereza Maxová Foundation for 15 years. When they told us about the situation in the children's care homes, we decided to move immediately, provoking a strong wave of support and interest from our employees and our parent company. People should be aware of this topic. The education represents a ticket to a better life for disadvantaged children, who are currently affected by the crisis," said Isold Heemstra, CEO of ING Czech Republic.

Other donations came from contributors to the public collection FRIENDS OF TERIBEAR (account number: 123123123/2700) or for the company CTP Invest. From the bottom of our hearts, we send our sincere thanks and appreciate the fact that even in these difficult times we can get together and help where it is really needed.

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