Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association (KHSIMA), in partnership with the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family (MLSPF), with the financial support of the Soros-Moldova Foundation within the Emergency Fund created by George Soros, launched on February 1 the Community for All-Moldova Bridge Funding During the Global Economic Crisis, in value of $ 2,419,900.
The project has been developed to support the reform of the social welfare system of people with mental disabilities from the Republic of Moldova in order to improve their social inclusion and to contribute directly to achieving the objectives set in the Strategy of Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities (2010-2013) in the Republic of Moldova.
The project aims to support the development of community welfare services to ensure the inclusion of children from the residential institution for children (boys) with mental disabilities from Orhei as they join families or move into other living arrangements in the community. The project also aims to prevent new cases of institutionalization.
The Emergency Fund will provide the development and support of new services such as 3 Community Homes, 9 Supported Livings, 9 Mobile Teams, 26 Foster Care services, 30 Respite services for families providing care for persons with disabilities, 30 Specialized Social services, 48 Educational Support services, and 25 services of Personal Assistance. Also, 90 families will receive material support to improve the personal space for the children and young people who are rejoining their biological or extended family.
One hundred thirty-six children and youth from the residential institution for children (boys) with mental disabilities from Orhei will be integrated into their biological, extended family or to be transferred into other community services such as Foster Care, Supported Living or Community Home. Over 800 children at risk of institutionalization will benefit from support services meant to help them integrate into the community they belong to and to improve their quality of life. Moreover, as a result of the development of social services, 270 new jobs will be created for the unemployed, people with low incomes, and pensioners.
In this context, Raluca Bunea, Senior Program Officer for the Open Society Mental Health Initiative, stated, ”Today’s event serves as proof that when there is political will, when there is commitment at government level, the resources can be identified. Moreover, today’s event is important to demonstrate that in times of crisis the vulnerable groups can not be forgotten, they can still be placed in the center of the social agenda, as happens in Moldova. We greatly appreciate the commitment of the Republic of Moldova of not neglecting this group, not finding an excuse in the financial crisis to do nothing and we are pleased that we can contribute in this regard.”
During a three-year implementation period, the Community for All-Moldova- Bridge Funding During the Global Economic Crisis project will complement the activities initiated under the “Community for All-Moldova” program, which aims to contribute to the social inclusion of people with mental disabilities by ensuring their access to quality community social services through technical assistance provided to the MLSPF in developing the normative legal framework for regulating these services. The Community for All-Moldova project is implemented by KHSIMA in partnership with the Soros-Moldova Foundation and MLSPF, with the support of the Open Society Mental Health Initiative.
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