Santa’s Gift to the children of the world
Every year the Santa Claus Foundation makes donations to help the children of the world.
The partners support the foundation in its efforts. If you, for example, buy a product with Santa’s Sign, you give a gift to the children of the world.
The Santa Claus Foundation has given Santa’s Gift to the HUS Child Psychiatric Unit three times. The donations have been used to arrange recreational activities for the children.
Child psychiatry specializes in examining and treating psychiatric disorders in children. The examinations assess whether a child is affected by a disorder of psychological development, whether treatment is needed and what an appropriate form of treatment is for the child.
An examination at a polyclinic involves a team that usually consist of a physician, a psychologist, a social worker and/or a nurse and they assess the child’s situation by meeting the entire family and interviewing the parents.
The child will go through individual examinations that may include an interview conducted by a physician in accordance with the child’s age and developmental level (e.g. play observation), a somatic and neurological examination, an examination by a psychologists and, if necessary, other examinations for example by a pediatric neurologist. Sometimes it is necessary to carry out inpatient examinations to assess a child’s situation and need for treatment, which normally takes 6 to 8 weeks.
The most common reasons for having a child examined are restlessness at day care or school as well as disruptive behavior, problems with social interaction and depression.
Aasoli, village in central India, World Vision Finland
In 2012, the international portion of Santa’s Gift was donated to the central Indian village of Aasoli through World Vision Finland. Santa has donated building materials to build a preschool as well as a cow allowing a poor Indian family to get some milk.
Children of East Africa, World Vision Finland
The first Santa’s Gift to an overseas beneficiary was given in 2011 after arranging a collection in aid of the children of East Africa.
“Help Santa” is a joint Christmas gift campaign run by the Santa Claus Foundation, World Vision Finland, Upcode, MiniMoi and the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE. The aim of the campaign is to help the children of East Africa. The campaign was created by the production team of a YLE program called Kansallisaarre (“National Treasure”).
The campaign funds are raised and delivered to the destination by World Vision. The proceeds from the collection go to East Africa with one half allocated as emergency aid to the crisis areas in the Horn of Africa while the other is being used for supporting long-term development programs carried out by World Vision Finland in Kenya and Uganda. The money is spent, for example, on the children’s education, promotion of health and well-being as well as strengthening the families and communities. Emergency aid comes primarily in the form of clean water and refurbishment of the existing water sources and wells.
In 2010 and 2011, Santa’s Gift was shared between several beneficiaries and one of them was the Finnish non-profit organization TATU Ry. The gift was given to support children injured in traffic accidents.
TATU is a nationwide organization established in 2001. The aim of the organization is to provide support for children and young people injured in an accident or suffering from long-term illnesses as well as their families.
For more information: www.tatury.fi
Children with epilepsy
In 2008, Santa’s Gift was shared between three recipients. Among them were children with severe epilepsy and their families who were offered an opportunity to enjoy a recreational event together.
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by sudden, unpredictable convulsive seizures and loss or a decreased level of consciousness. An epileptic seizure is a brief disorder of brain functions caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain which could in the worst case spread throughout the brain.
According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is one of the most common serious disorders of the brain, accounting for 1% of the global burden of disease.
Non Fighting Generation
In 2007 and 2008, one of the recipients of Santa’s Gift was the non-profit organization Non Fighting Generation.
An educator can have a significant influence on young people by opening up new horizons to their minds. This calls for educational discussion considering the young person’s overall situation, expanding their world view and improving their life skills. Communication with young people has to be interactive and the educator has to be able to listen and empathize with what they say. In addition, a youth educator should be able to exercise authority as young people are not yet entirely able to control their own lives. Therefore, the interactive support provided by an educator should also include giving instructions, advice and sometimes even orders.