Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
Olga Shupak has been involved in NGOs since 1997 being a volunteer for Charitable Foundation “Clipa Siderala” in her home-country Moldova. Main area of her focus is integration into society of orphans who are lacking facilities and environment to gain adequate knowledge. While contributing to projects of “Clipa Siderala” focused on basic help for orphans (bringing cloth, sweets, toys into orphanages), it became clear to Olga that this cannot be the ultimate help orphans need, instead they need communication, guidance and support. Meanwhile she widened her activities by regular visits to an orphanage to a group of children and provided them some educational support (tailored games, psychological support, ‘homework’ tasks). Olga still keeps contact with members of that group. Currently they are young adults, being on different stages of studies, who still need support in their daily lives.
When “Clipa Siderala” approached Olga again in 2008 with the idea of a new project “The Island”, she was glad to notice that this project is a next step in all support that is provided to orphans – it is aimed on their integration into society after graduation, rather than on support of their basic material needs. In 2011 Olga establishes foundation in the Netherlands to “support children, youth and young adults who are in need of financial, educational, medical or any other support” (from the statute of the foundation); “The Island” becomes a shared project for both foundations: “Clipa Siderala” in Moldova and “Future for Youth” in the Netherlands.