1. Project title: Erko – Low-threshold facility for children and teenagers

Name: Diecézní charita Brno – Oblastní charita Jihlava (Regional charita Jihlava)

Address: Jakubske namesti 2, Jihlava 586 01

Phone, e-mail: +420 567 563 683 / erko@jihlava.charita.cz

Director: Mgr. Michal Novotný, on behalf of director: Mgr. Zuzana Pokorná

Project Manager: Vladislav Hamršmíd

Country : Czech

Region/City: Vysocina / Jihlava

2. Goals and target group of the project

Participants of the project are children and youths from the socially weakest families or the Roma minority. The services are developed to the different age groups and encompass:

School children

Young people looking for a job

Further Roma children and youths in crisis situations can take part in the projects.

3.Activities during 2015 - 2017

·         Education

·         Cooperation with the school

·         Parents and their children

·         Sport and  leisure activities

·         New program about prevention

4.Summary / short description of the project progress

Engagement with other kindergartens is being established to connect the Roma children with children from the majority population.

Parents are being actively involved in the supervision; project staff keep up regular contact with them.

Important aspects for the support of the children are sport and  leisure activities. (Excursions with the mothers, theatre visits, …)

Every week on Thursday  we have prevention programs with 15 – 20 children:

drugs, school,conflicts, domestic violence ...

Every Thursday we have prevention programs with 15 – 20 children: drugs, school, conflicts, domestic violence ...

Project for school children - Education

Travelling during holiday, summer education and sport camps

These activities are the basic programs in the Erko center.

Number of beneficiaries (male – female).

Erko - children


Erko  - boys / girls

138/ 106

Contact / year


How we select the beneficiaries.

The entry to Erko is free for clients at the age of 6 - 26.

Roma center has the rules for work.

General lessons learnt. Future plans… 

Every day we have learning club for 4 – 12 children. 40 children permonth.

Erko is visited by 12 students in year,  who  work with children.

Future plans:

Better cooperations with parents

New program about prevention

More events for public in region Jihlava

Better cooperation with journalists. – One article about Erko in the newspaper every month.


Project progress based on activities

Expected Results

(in accordance with the project document forming part of the application)

Results attained

Activities implemented to achieve goals


Regular attendance

Cooperation with


Educational program in Erko

Individual plans for children

Cooperation with teachers, families and volunteers

Attendance at Erko

Regular attendance

More children

New programs

Key workers for children

Participation in other activities of ERKO  – sport, culture, trips ...

New program about prevention

At each event there is high attendance

Interesting programs

Cooperation of children in activities

Backwards supervision – questionnaire, talk

the 3-stage training for the project staff

Public funds action

Day of Roma,


At each event there is high attendance

Cooperation with parents

Cooperation with media for publicity

Cooperation with region


and City Jihlava

Great cooperation



Public support of project Erko


Other activities:

·         In Erko center Jihlava continues long-term educational program in cooperation with Foundation ERSTE BANK – Komensky Foundation.

·         Collective activities with school, teachers and family members.

·         Sports and culture activities. The Exhibition in theatre – We are dancing together”

·         Erko cooperation with other organizations


Case studies: Erko / theatre

At first older girls didn’t want to take part in the performance for public and families. But, later on, during the preparations in ERKO they became enthusiastic and then they performed, danced and were placed among the best.

Photo of Erko