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Home for unaccompanied minors opens in Nicosia

A second private children’s home for unaccompanied minors, The House of Hope, was inaugurated on Tuesday in Nicosia

“The continuing increase in the numbers of unaccompanied minors has led to greater needs in terms of housing, care and protection,” Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou said, “which is why Hope for Children, in cooperation with the social welfare services, has proceeded to create a second private child shelter for hosting an additional 18 unaccompanied minors.”

“In 2013”, she continued, “due to the increasing number of unaccompanied minors entering Cyprus, the Social Welfare Services saw a need for the operation of a private child property for hosting unaccompanied minors.”

From July 2014 the House of Hope has hosted 24 minors.

She added that the children’s shelter operates under the supervision and with the close cooperation of the social welfare services and the labour ministry.

“The home’s director and staff provide support to children, including access to their rights, such as education, health and activities,” Emilianidou concluded.

The Hope for Children UNCRC Policy Centre is an international humanitarian and independent institution based in Nicosia. It works on humanitarian and development policy relevant to the defence and promotion of children’s rights. It does so through research, grassroots programme design and implementation and advisory services offered to governments and international organisations.

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