How it all started

The year was 1996. I was about to enter an orphanage in Prague 4, unaware of what I would be confronted with and the emotions that would be triggered once exposed to the tragic lives of the children I would meet.

The institution was full of babies, newborns and toddlers, lying in hospital beds, ten per room. You could see them, but the silence was disturbing. Nurses in white coats circled the long corridors. The newborns were unaware of what was happening, while the older ones reached out for the slightest human contact.

My mind went back to my childhood, growing up behind the iron curtain. We may not have had many of the comforts provided in the West, but we had a loving and caring family, and a place to call home.

Why do some children have to suffer for the irresponsible actions of their parents? Why is it that abandoned children are destined to grow up in institutions? These questions began to haunt me from that day in September 1996 and led me to establish my foundation. I felt that I could make a difference in the lives of these unwanted children who have to fight for what is most valuable and fundamental in life: for love, their existence and their place in society.

The Tereza Maxová Foundation is dedicated to improving the life of abandoned children. We believe that every child should grow up in a family. We try to be a refuge for those who have become helpless through no fault of their own.

Over a decade later I am extremely grateful and proud to be able to provide concrete help to abandoned children. I am also aware that there is still a long road ahead of us. It is our civic and human duty to help those who are the most vulnerable members of our society.

On behalf of all the abandoned children, my colleagues, and myself I would like to say thank you to all the sponsors, donors, volunteers, specialists and friends who have generously contributed towards this cause over the years.

Sincerely yours,

Tereza Maxová

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