As in previous years, CinEast is running a special Charity Project and kindly asks for your financial support. Thanks to your contribution last year we managed to purchase many musical instruments for the “Maria Cibotari” Music School in Cahul (Moldova).

In 2020, we have chosen to support the Center for Youth Integration, an association in Belgrade, Serbia.

Center for Youth Integration

16The organisation was established in 2004 and contributes to promoting an inclusive society through consultations between children and the community, by improving existing living conditions and creating mechanisms to provide equal opportunities for children living and working on the streets. The main goal is to improve the situation of children at risk by promoting policies and practices in accordance with their needs, improving the quality of work, providing services and developing a model of assistance in Belgrade and in other communities.

The work of the association involves many different projects, among which our biggest interest has been awakened by the “Drop-in Shelter”. This licensed service recognised by social protection legislation aims to improve the quality of life of children between 5 and 15 who live or work on the streets of Belgrade. Beneficiaries are supplied with regular nutritionally balanced meals, clean clothes and footwear, and provided with educational support. Drop-in shelter represents a safe environment which meets children’s needs and supports their psychosocial development. Beneficiaries can also take part in various creative, educational, cultural and sports activities. The Drop-in Shelter team of professionals consists of social workers, specialised pedagogues, a nurse, psychologists and a lawyer with a joint mission to provide support and protection to all beneficiaries with respect for the best interest of the child.

CinEast has agreed with the Center for Youth Integration that the funds collected during the festival will be used to support the “Drop-in Shelter” project and purchase monitors, desktop computers and other materials needed during daily educational activities.

During the hybrid edition of CinEast 2020, the ways to support the charity initiative will be: buying any of the festival passes (1 EUR from each pass goes to the Charity Project), help feed one of the piggy banks available at the main festival venues or make a direct donation on The piggy banks will be opened and the donations counted by volunteers at the final festival event at Neimënster on Sunday 25 October. You can also support the project by purchasing photos from the "Planting the Future" exhibition.

CinEast undertakes to use 100% of the collected funds for donation to the Center for Youth Integration.