Project: Step to Family and Wellbeing
Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse and exploitation, Families at risk, Street children
Upsala was established as a social-circus project in 2000 and has since then been working with at-risk children. Children from disadvantaged and underprivileged backgrounds are engaged in circus training and provided with multifaceted social support. Upsala runs an educational assistance program where the children receive support in doing their homework. The combination of the circus program and the educational program has showed to be effective ways to raise the self-esteem and self-confidence of children.
Upsala also provides psycho-social support to the parents. The focus of the work is to improve the interaction between parents and their children and motivate parents to get help for alcohol abuse. With support from Upsala, several parents who were threatened to be deprived of their parental rights have been able to keep their families together.