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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.

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 … Continue reading

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Moldovan Professionals Receive Introduction to Supported Employment

Twenty professionals who work in inclusive education and community residential programs, as well as community center leadership and staff from the Ministry of Social Protection and the Ministry of Labor from the Republic of Moldova attended a three-day course on … Continue reading

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Moldovan Educators Present Social Role Valorization in Romanian for the First Time

From October 16-19, 2012, a team of Moldovan educators presented a four-day, comprehensive workshop on Social Role Valorization. Although the SRV workshop was presented in Moldova before, this is the first time that it was presented by Moldovans in Romanian. … Continue reading

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Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope

On October 15 in Chisinau, Moldova, 27 people gathered from various parts of the country to learn about a creative, collaborative process to bring people together to plan for a positive future. Elizabeth Neuville, Executive Director of the Keystone Institute … Continue reading

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It’s the Five-Year Anniversary of the “Vis” Community Center

Five years ago, the “Vis” Community Center opened its doors in Bacioi and began providing support for children in the community, including children with disabilities and children at risk of institutionalization. Today, “Vis” is an important part of the community. … Continue reading

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