Tonuso - Brussels, Belgium

Tonuso is a government funded not-for-profit organization.

Started in 1990 and constantly growing since, ‘Tonuso’ (the name means ‘resilience’ in Esperanto) does today the guidance of 149 children and youngsters (and supports their families) in and around Brussels. Those children and youngsters are all subject of the Flemish ‘Special Youth Assistance’-act or the Belgian ‘Child Protection Law’. We aim to give a qualitative and differentiated help to children and their families. We try to organize our help in a way integrating all areas of the family/children’s life. Tonuso uses the principles of the communication-, systemic- and contextual theories to build a (better) future for the children we guide. Working with the context of the children or creating a new context is one of the important issues in our guidance.

Tonuso organizes three residential care facilities (‘Atomix’ for 15 children between 3 and 18 years old, ‘De Plan-Aid’ for 15 girls from 12-20 years old, and ‘Het Boy-Kot’ for 15 boys from 14-20 years old), three day-care centres (‘Het Vlot’ Jette; ‘Het Vlot’ Anderlecht and ‘De Schuit’, each for 10 children between 6 and 18 years old), a home based guidance centre (‘De Pont’ guidance at home for 48 children between 0-20 years old), and centre for guided ‘living alone’ (‘De Sloep’ for 16 youngsters between 17 and 21 years old). Tonuso also organizes a project for short-term intensive guidance ‘De Pit’, where 10 youngsters between 14 and 18 years are guided for a limited period of 6 months.

In total, Tonuso counts over 80 staff members and is one the largest facilities for “special youth assistance” in the Brussels area supporting about 130 youngsters.