Loutky v nemocnici
In the Czech Republic, nearly 180,000 children are hospitalized in pediatric wards each year, many of whom are restricted to long-term bed care. Every adult well knows that a hospital stay is a psychologically demanding endeavor – caregivers are usually so overloaded that they have little time to devote to individual patients, and the pain and separation from family is an even greater burden to children. Young patients often become bored and sad; they miss the comfort of their homes, and they experience an ever-growing sense of bitterness associated with their illness and the separation from family to which they are subjected.
The civic association Loutky v nemocnici (Puppets in Hospitals) is devoted to dramatherapy work and the development of activities in the psychosocial care fields. Already in its seventh year, the program works to make child hospital stays a more pleasant experience. With ill children, puppets can bring about more benefit than medication – they know how to conjure smiles, chase away the sadness of not being at home, and help for a moment to forget about pain and suffering. Through theatrical performances, games, and songs, the puppets help children on their path to recovery and attempt to create a space in which to play and discuss life’s realities. Loutky v nemocnici spends varying amounts of time at hospital departments – the puppets are often available throughout the entire day and even occasional week-long programs are prepared.
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Pro bono alliance
Pro bono alliance brings together lawyers who seek to increase the efficiency of the legal system in protecting human rights, public policy and other important values. Advocates therefore focus on greater access to legal assistance and socially responsible performance of the legal professions. To fulfill its mission, Pro Bono Alliance prepares educational events, promotes the exchange of experiences and cooperation between lawyers and non-profit organizations and other legal professionals involved in the preparation of legislative changes, supports the activities of lawyers involved in other non-profit organizations and disseminates information on the Legal Protection of Human Rights and other public interests.
One of the activities is the pro bono program centers, which seeks to develop pro bono advocacy. Within the activities of pro bono lawyers provide free legal assistance to individuals and groups for which they would otherwise qualified legal assistance was financial or other reasons unattainable. Pro bono center the intermediary of free legal services. Participating nonprofit organizations send PBC based on the needs and requirements of its clients PBC for them to seek a suitable lawyer who is willing and able to help free of charge. By PBC facilitates the establishment of cooperation between the pro bono lawyers and clients of non-profit organizations. NO involvement in the program PBC is a guarantee that law firms will be offered only with those cases where the provision of free services is justified.
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