The charity and support fund
Jaunimo sodyba (transl. Youth Homestead ) is located in Lithuanian rural area Kėkštai, 15 km from Klaipėda town. It is a big lonely farm in the fields surrounded by forests, where are variuos structures for children living, working, activities and care.
This organization in Lithuania was created in 2000 June for children and young people from large, low income, social risk families, for orphans benefit, to help youth, who have fewer opportunities in life. Large families are still facing economic, gepgraphic, social adaptation problems in Lithuania.
The founder of the homestead is lithuanian and german origin Salezian priest - missionary Father Hermann Shultz. He had arrived in Rwanda ( Africa) for humanitarian and christian mission in 1979 . Starting with just a tent, the industrious priest went on to built a Youth centre that offered food, education ant the teaching of trades.
Priest and rwandians had expierienced a terrible tribal genocide in 1994. 8 00 000 people was killed and Youth centre near capital Kigali was destroyed. Late centre was rebuilt. When the hardest times in Rwanda had passed, father dreamed about giving the same opportunities for social outcast children and youth somewere else and began to built a shelter for children, who needs care and attention in Lithuania.
The start in Lithuania
The start in Lithuania was quite hard for all who had worked for Homesteads benefit. The was a lot of work to do. At the start there was a few little houses in the naked fields for living in summer.
Social risk children are feeling themselves comfortable and safe here.
Social risk children are having active weekends, summer camps here. Wards families has economical, geographical and alcohol difficulties. Children can sleep here, has good meal and attention of volunteers and workers.
Farm has some domestic animals like horses, ponys, goats, ducks, geeses, hens and pigs. Children can have fresh food in summer, because of many vegetables, which are growing in Jaunimo sodyba all the warm season.