Community Homes and Community for All-Moldova in the News

PUBLIKA.MD published a story about the community homes in Moldova where six young men now live. These young men left the Home for children (boys) with mental disabilities in Orhei and moved into community homes.

The community homes were developed as part of the Community for All-Moldova Program, implemented by Keystone Moldova in partnership with the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family and with financial support from the Open Society Foundations/Mental Health Initiative and the Soros Foundation-Moldova.

Below is the English translation of the news coverage. You can read the story and view the video of the original coverage here.

Children from the orphanages who cannot be reintegrated into their biological families have a chance to a normal life in community homes. This is the case of six boys, who were taken from an institution for children with mental disabilities from Orhei. Now they have a house of their own and the care that they could not hope.

These children with special needs could be integrated in their biological families, because relatives could not provide the necessary care. Now they live in a house built by a non-governmental association.

“Every morning I ask them what they want to do and if our boys don’t want to do that activity, they are not imposed by anyone,” says psycho-pedagogue Maria Josu.

“The boys help me, they want to participate in food processing–to peel potatoes, onions, carrots,” says chef Elena Borta.

Authorities say one community home is too little for Ialoveni rayon.

“We would like to have two more community houses, because we have girls with mental disabilities, to,” said Deputy Head of Social Department from Ialoveni, Vera Ursuleac.

The non-governmental organizations help the Rayonal Social Welfare Department. “By the end of the year, we play to open seven community homes and a supported living service,” says Ina Crasnojan-Laba, specialist of Keystone Moldova.

According to the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family, there are three community homes for 16 children in Moldova. They were opened by public organizations and local authorities only pay the salaries.

 

About khsima

Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association (KHSIMA) is non-profit, non-government organization working to create opportunities where people can grow, exercise self-determination, and be participating, contributing and valued members of their society. KHSIMA was registered as a Non-government organization at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Moldova on June 23, 2004. KHSIMA’s foremost objective is to promote and develop opportunities in the form of direct service and best-practice training to further the independence of children and families who are in need of service due to disabling conditions, situations of poverty, abandonment, institutionalization, and other adverse societal conditions throughout Moldova. KHSIMA provides services to about 100 children from vulnerable families at two Children and Family Community Centers located in the villages of Tudora and Bacioi. The centers provide educational and social inclusion services for primary and middle school children whose parents are addicted to alcohol and live in very poor conditions; parents who went abroad for work and left the children with the grandparents, relatives or neighbors; and uneducated parents from very poor families. These children are at risk of being trafficked or entering into different criminal activities. Besides the activities within the centers, the children get two meals a day. 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. The project goal is to contribute to the reform of care and social protection of individuals with disabilities to increase their social inclusion through: a) The development of community based services that meet the varying needs of people with disabilities and their families/caregivers; b) The development of legal and normative frameworks for the regulation of newly created services as alternatives to institutional care. KHSIMA is active in the promotion of the rights of people with disabilities through the “Joint Media Strategy Group” (JMSG) project. JMSG is formed of active NGOs working in the disability field and has the goal to increase the population awareness regarding the disability issues, to promote the rights of persons with disabilities, to fight stigma and discrimination and to support the social inclusion of persons with disabilities.
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