Thanks to the estate of Hedvig Korp, the Estonian Ecumenical Relief Organization (EERO) was able to send $19,500 (13,800 euros) to women’s shelters in (Rakvere) Virumaa, Järvamaa, Pärnu, Saaremaa, Läänemaa and Hiiumaa.
These funds will provide individual, group and family therapy for mothers and children who experienced physical and mental abuse, and cover related transportation expenses. In addition, these donations assist in providing necessities such as food, clothing, and shoes as these mothers and children adjust to their new independent lives.
Almost one in five Estonian children (about 63,000 children) lives in poverty. This has been exacerbated by the war in Ukraine and resulting energy and economic crises. The cost of all goods and services has increased drastically, creating even more financial difficulty for these mothers and their children.
Donations to the EERO Children’s Fund continue to help improve the quality of life for children of mothers who have lived in abusive situations, through the specialized individual and group therapy provided by the women’s shelters. As one survivor describes: “It’s difficult for others ...