Brief introduction to the SSCW
SILLAMÄE SOCIETY FOR CHILD WELFARE
Sillamäe Society for Child Welfare (SSCW) is a public interest nongovernmental organisation that was created December, 8th in 1989. During these years SSCW has been working actively towards creating a child and youth friendly environment in our society. Each year we have broadened the reach of our activities to initiate broad-based and society-wise noticeable initiatives. Today SSCW has conducted and supported more than 130 projects not only on the county but also on country and lately on an international level
SCSW activity is consistently expanding. Activities have been directed at the entire nation and more specifically different areas of the nation like Sillamäe, Tallinn, Harju County or Ida-Virumaa. SSCW has celebrated 25th anniversary in year 2014. A small regional organisation has grown over two decades into a respected organisation, capable of conducting project and initiatives on the local, national and international level and is a part of (among other things) Estonian Civil Society Concept joint committee, European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), Anna Lindh Foundation Estonian network, Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation, and has a consultative status with ECOSOC at the UN.
Although the organisation has recieved bigger international opportunities SSCW has always valued local development at Ida-Virumaa and actively involving organisations who don’t speak Estonian as a main language. SSCW translates information related to civil society and organises events to increase awareness and skills, among them Ida-Virumaa Civil Society Forum and Ida-Virumaa Youth Forum. SSCW is presently also in charge of Ida-Virumaa Civil Society Network.
Our development cooperation consists of activities that we do in the frameworks of our projects, especially relating to international cooperation. We have done several projects in cooperation with our partners from Africa, Asia and Southern American countries. With countries of North-Africa (Morocco, Egypt, Tunis) we cooperate on developing their civil society and we support (when we can) youth organisations and community development. We are also an active member in the networks of Peace Child International and Water & Youth, where we contribute to environmental issues and have participated in expert meetings in Scotland (UK), Korea, Canada, Argentina, Turkey, Brazil and Spain.
In addition one of our organisation’s programmes is propagating healthy and environmentally conscious lifestyle and raising awareness of Intercultural Dialogue and World Education.