Community Service at Roma Club for Children in Prague’s Karlín
October 10, 2012
Employees of the US Embassy in Prague spent the afternoon of this year’s Columbus Day (October 8) with children from the „K09 Club“ in Prague’s Karlín neighborhood.
The club serves mainly Roma children and teenagers from the boroughs of Prague 8, 9, and 5 who come from vulnerable social backgrounds. „K09“ functions as a pre-school in the morning and as a community centre in the afternoon. It offers leisure time activities, assistance with preparation for school as well as counselling the kids’ daily problems. It is run by Romodrom, a non-governmental organization which assists Roma communities with social services in many towns across the Czech Republic.
The employees prepared for children a variety of Fall-related activities ranging from kite-making and, carving Halloween pumpkins to painting on T-shirts and breaking a piñata. For most of the children this was an opportunity to get acquainted with American customs and even to practice some English!
Once kites and pumpkins were made and the piñata broken, children, diplomats and their family members sat down with the club’s instructors to enjoy pies and cakes that had been prepared by the US Embassy employees.