Klubik is an after school enrichment activities club for marginalizedchildren who live in hostel style housing in Ostrava.
We are a team of 5 mentors who create free time activities who live at a residential hostel in Ostrava. The building functions as a hostel for socially disadvantaged individuals, families, or for people who are in difficult life situations. The building and its inhabitants are stigmatized, and the children who live here face a harsh reality every day due to their environment and the many pressures of social exclusion and poverty.
We have been given permission to run a small club, the size of a very small 3 room flat, in which we help the children with their homework, and try to give them a little bit of time to play, to explore and identify their capacities and their interests. We try to give them positive attention they seldom or never experience from adults, at home or at school. The club time is a bright spot in what is often otherwise a difficult day.
We give the children the chance to try new things, explore various arts, sports and cultural activities and to generate interest in academics. We encourage their innate inquisitiveness, which has often been ignored or beaten down. We also try to expose them to the norms of daily life that many of them do not get to experience growing up. Most importantly we try to open their world a bit, and encourage them to have dreams, learn to set goals and work toward them, and to gain important skills such as cooperation and resilience.