Sozavo summons Stivoki
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Housing (Sozavo) was shocked to hear that the children’s shelter of the Foundation for Children (Stivoki) has been closed. Officials from Sozavo pointed out that the board at the foundation made the decision without notifying the ministry beforehand. The members of the board have been summoned to the ministry on Monday to explain their actions. “If the minister or the ministry are entirely taken by surprise by the news that there is something very wrong with their internal communication and I will get them up to speed on things,” said Murwin Dubois, chairman of the board at the foundation. The ministry which has set child care as a top priority took measures after it had received word that the shelter had been shut down. The Bureau for Day Cares at the ministry has reportedly placed all of the foundation’s children either at Tamara’s Children’s Home or with their relatives.
The ministry wants the members of the board to explain their actions and it also wants to know what happened to the state funds that had been given to the foundation. Dubois pointed out that the ministry must not play politics with this case. The chairman of the board pointed out that the union representing the workers at the foundation claimed that it had tried to contact the board. “But we never noticed anything.” Dubois added that he does not want to make further comment on the issue. “We are waiting for the talk with the ministry.”