Children-Youth-Parents Summer Camp

The second edition of the summer  camp for children with disabilities and their parents, organized by KHSIMA, took place on August, 16-20 at the Holercani village. This summer camp is part of the “Community for All- Moldova” project  and was attended by 22 children  and youth  who are placed in the boarding house for children (boys)  with mental disabilities in Orhei or who  were recently integrated into their biological/extended family and their parents.

Through training, entertainment and recreation activities held in the camp, the parents have learned how to overcome difficulties related to difficult behaviors, attendance, non-acceptance of people with mental disabilities, and have understood that the occurrence of the problem-behavior can be reduced to zero if they take the correct approach.

“We go home in a very good mood. We felt very well, the environment was excellent and the staff – professional. I met other parents who have similar problems, I gained more knowledge from the lessons we were taught and I believe that this knowledge will help us in the future, “stated Mary Cozmulici, the mother of two children who attended the camp.

The mother of another child, Rodica Mocanu, told us: “I am excited that I was lucky to participate this year in the camp. Here in the camp, I saw the changes and the achievements – during one year, Julian, my son has totally changed. Everything that has happened here has helped us to relax emotionally, because we all have the same problems. Also, I received answers to many questions through concrete examples and facts, which I don’t think I would have gotten in another place. ”

The activities for children and young people have focused on both fun and development of their skills. The children and parents are already looking forward the next year’s summer camp experience.

The „Community for All – Moldova” project is being implemented by Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association on the basis of a partnership established between the Ministry of Social Protection, Family and Child; Open Society Mental Health Initiative; Soros Foundation – Moldova; Hope and Homes for Children; and Keystone Human Services International.

Additional information can be found on: www.inclusion.md

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