Assistance to Large Families in Need in 2012-2013

After the Christmas 2012 food baskets were delivered to the families in Narva and Kohtla-Järve, the Committee members visited families in Narva and Kohtla-Järve in the Spring of 2013. As a result, seven families received assistance in the form of clothes, home appliances, and payment of kindergarten fees.

TIRC is helping an out-of-town family of five children, one of whom is severely disabled and attending a Tallinn vocational school for the disabled, by paying the child’s dormitory fee for the school-year 2013-2014.

As a Christmas gift to the children of large families in Tallinn in 2013, the club took them to see a performance of the ballet “Nutcracker” at Estonia Theatre. The thirteen families were joined by three club members for a lovely Sunday evening.


Support for families affected by HIV

During 2013, this project engaged 21 Tallinn families with educational programmes for children in the art museum, family visits to museums, theater productions, and concerts. In addition, it provided counseling in some cases and, also, educational and household articles.


Christmas 2010 and 2011

During the Christmas holidays in 2010, the Club arranged for Maria’s Children in Tudulinna to go to Tartu and visit the Aura Veekeskus (Aura Water Park).  The trip was made possible by Club’s Honorary members Sven Ottesen and Ellen Lande’s contribution.

For Christmas 2011, the Club delivered fruit and dry goods Christmas baskets to the Tallinn families which the Assistance to Large Families Committee had visited in the summer.  The funds for this Christmas activity were raised at a lottery held by the Club in the fall.


Assistance to Large Tallinn Families in Need in 2011

For the third year in a row, the Club decided to assist large families in need – this time in Tallinn.  Again, the Ottawa Rotary Club made a contribution, as did the Tallinn firm Gildhall, and other private contributors.  Estonia adopted the Euro on January 1, 2011 and this time the budget voted by the members for the project was in Euros – 5000.00.

Again, the Committee members visited the families that had been found with the assistance of the city’s social welfare office.  As a consequence, 10 families purchased footwear and winter clothes for their children (total of 31 children).  The same shoe store that had cooperated with the Club previously, gave a generous discount as did Prisma from whom the clothes were purchased.  Other families were assisted with payments made for either rent, Kindergarten fees, extra-curricular activities, household items (most of them were donated by the Club members, as were a computer and printer).


Donating Bikes

A Zwolle (Netherlands) Rotarian who does business in Estonia and is associated with our Club arranged in 2010 for bicycles to be donated by the National Park De Hoge Veluwe to our Club for distribution to youth.

The Club paid for the transportation of the bikes to Tallinn and found the young people in the city who were glad to have them.   In 2011, another shipment of bikes donated by the Park was accepted and to date, the town of Tõrva, located in southern Estonia, has received a dozen of them for distribution to area youth.



Aid to Large Families 2010

In 2010, the Ottawa Rotary Club again contributed 20,000.00 EEK toward our Club’s Assistance Large Families project, as did Honorary Rotarians Sven Ottesen and Ellen Lande. Two of our own club members made designated contributions and the rest of the budget consisted of the funds raised at the 2009 and 2010 spring balls. The club voted to focus on Võru County, located in southeastern Estonia, and the Committee members made a two-day fact-finding trip there, visiting 21 families.

At the recommendation of the Committee, the Club paid for 88 pairs of children’s footwear, school supplies for 95 children, four months’ kindergarten fees for 18 children, stipends for five families experiencing extraordinary hardship, beds were puchased for two families, and one child received custom-made orthopedic shoes.

Additionally, organizations in Norway sent to our Club clothes – from infant sizes to adult – in excellent condition for distribution. The Club sent them to the visited families in Võru County, delivered to their homes by DHL.

Knopka (office supplies store) and Suurtüki (shoe store) had already cooperated with the club in the carrying out of the project in Valga County, and they did the same in Võru County, giving the families also a generous discount as they made their purchases in the store.



Supporting the private children’s home „Maria and children“

Supporting the private children’s home „Maria and children“ has been our club’s principal project since 2005. The home is located at Tudulinna in East Virumaa where Maria with her daughter Merike provide a home to more than a dozen children whose parents have been deemed to be unfit to raise them. The children’s number fluctuates as some are adopted, but also new ones arrive.

TIRC bears in mind all of the children on their birthday with a cake, it assists with transportation costs to the summer camp, and it distributes clothes and toys to the children. The children visited Tallinn one weekend, staying overnight with our club members. The visit included a trip to the zoo, Rocca al Mare Open Air Museum, theatre, McDonald’s and Kuldne Notsu restaurants. We have bought the home a semi-industrial strength washing machine and a dryer, music center and a TV set. Every year the club organizes for the children a small Christmas party in Tallinn, where Santa Claus distributes presents to them. The children are asked in advance to write to Santa Claus, telling him what kind of present he or she would like to have and Santa listens.

Our largest project to date is the purchase and installation of a playground in 2007. The home is located on almost two hectares of land and there is no problem with space. Among the items, picked so that activities are provided for children of different age, are three different kinds of swings, a slide, a sandbox, indoor climbing rope, a sandbox and gym ladder.

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Aid to Large Families in 2009

The project to assist financially strapped large families was initially set up with funds contributed by the Ottawa Rotary Club and our club. Honorary Rotarians, the Ottesens, added funds to the project as did the American Chamber of Commerce Estonia.

A Committee was formed in July, 2009 and its members made a two-day fact-finding trip to Valga County, one of the more economically depressed areas in Estonia. As a result, the Committee’s recommendation to the Club was to assist seven families in greatest need and it was approved. Assistance was in the form of footwear purchased by the Club for a total of 42 children in these families. In addition, another family consisting of a single unemployed mother with three children was provided with school supplies. In October, two of the Committee members visited two needy large families (total of 14 children) in Rapla County. As a result of this action a third family in the County received assistance, making a total of 17 children being provided with footwear and in the case of one family, an unemployed mother with eight children, potatoes and winter jackets for the two boys were delivered.

The plans are to expand the project into the economically depressed area of south- and northeastern part of the country. Recently the Ottawa Club contributed additional funds and our own Club has designated the proceeds from the Spring Ball 2010 for this project.


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