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A walk in the heart of Estonia for the children of Estonia

On 2 June, the non-profit association MTÜ Oma pere, together with the town of Paide and SEB Charity Fund organised a charity walk in Paide, the heart of Estonia, where people walked together to support the idea that each child should be able to grow up in a safe family.


The athletic family day started at Paide’s Central Square, where everyone started on the up to 5 km long path after the opening of the event by patron Heinz Valk. After the walk, there was something to do at Vallimäe for the entire family: you could listen to a concert, climb on an adventure course, partake in a mediaeval sword fight, visit the time centre, jump on a trampoline, make face paintings, talk to Leo the Lion, and do many other exciting things. At the same time, the unique Oma Pere photo exhibition “Children are born in the heart” – with photos by Katrina Tang – was open in the culture centre. The photo exhibition was a cross-section of different Estonian families joined by a remarkable contribution towards children without parental care.

In the heart of Estonia, among others, almost 100 children living in safe houses and substitute homes were walking – they are exactly the ones who wish to have a good home with loving parents.

On the way to Paide, in the bus, teachers had a good chance to talk to children about how it makes them feel and what they think when others talk about real homes around them... According to the teacher who was accompanying the children from Harju County, all the children in her family had expressed a will to live at home – whether in their own or with someone.
But little six-year-old Hanna said the following: “It might be bad at the children’s home sometimes, but it is definitely better here than in my real home.” And on the way back home, this girl asked, rather unhappily and heartbreakingly: “Teacher, will I EVER get to go somewhere this summer? To camp or at least to visit someone?” The teacher did not know how to respond to this last question; she only felt really sad. But I believe and hope that for the little Hanna, there is a real home with foster parents out there, expecting her with unconditional love.

The manifest read by Heinz Valk, dedicated to all children of Estonia, added dignity to the day:
In Estonia, there are a little less than 1.3 million people. This number shows how important everyone who lives in our country is. Every child born here is valuable. In the development of a child, family plays a priceless role – in this mini-model of a society, a child as a future citizen is formed together with all his or her value judgments, including self-esteem.

We are the ones who create belief in our country and society. Our heads of state understood this at the beginning of the last century, writing down a “Manifesto to all the peoples of Estonia”, which states the following: “E s t o n i a! You are standing on the threshold of a hopeful future, where you can freely and independently determine and control your fate! Start building your home, where order and justice would prevail, so that you could be a worthy member in the family of cultural peoples! All sons and daughters of the homeland, let us join together as one in the holy job of building our homeland!”

This is a timeless message. Estonia is the face of our home and our families. It is the families that give us the opportunity to continue establishing Estonia, its independence and well-being, ever and ever again. An independent country is a constant creation, in which we are equal participants.

In a civil society, people should not feel indifferent towards what happens to their country and culture. For Estonia to develop into a good civil society, the will, faith and care of all families is needed.

We believe it is best for every child to grow up together with their parents; but, if this is not possible, a new family must be found for the child.

We call on all people to notice children without parental care and provide them with safe and loving relations that last a lifetime.
We support people who wish to help children who have no parents and home.

In Estonian substitute homes (children’s homes), there are more than a thousand children – for a small country such as Estonia, where every person is valuable, this is a very large number!, “It all starts from our attitudes,” said Sigrid Petoffer, one of the organisers of the family day. “If we prefer a family to an institution when helping a child without parental care and create possibilities for a family to receive every kind of support, there is a greater chance for finding a new family for the child to grow up in.”

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