WORKING MEETING IN KALINKOVICHY

IMG_7086A working meeting in Kalinkovichy was held within the framework of the project “Equal opportunities – way to success” on February 17, 2016. The working meeting was attended by 14 people: members and members of the Board of Bobruisk, Zhlobin, Kalinkovichy, Mozyr and Gomel primary organizations, primary organization of Frunzensky district of Minsk city, staff of the executive bureau of NGO “BelAPDIiMI”.

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The working meeting was held on the basis of Center for Correctional and Development Training and Rehabilitation. Kalinkovichy is one of distant regions which we visit not often. But it is important for primary organizations to inform about experience of their work, to share it with others. So, members of Kalinkovichsky primary organization were glad to the opportunity of such a meeting, to strengthen relationship with other primary organizations.

Not all primary organizations post information about their activities on the website of NGO “BelAPDIiMI”. Therefore, we do not know what work is being carried out there. Presentations of organizations invited to the working meeting have shown that they live, develop and do a lot of work in their local communities to improve quality of life of children and young people with disabilities, their families. Kalinkovichy primary organization was one of the first which was engaged in vocational training and employment of people with disabilities on the basis of Territorial Center for Social Services, realized different projects. At the present time the number of members of the organization has decreased significantly. Those for whom receiving humanitarian assistance was priority left the organization. But the organization continues active work, close cooperation with local Administration and state structures to solve problems of children and young people with disabilities, their families in the local community.

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Experience of Bobruisk primary organization also was interesting and new for all the participants. Thanks to foreign partners, during 2 years the organization has being carried out recuperation for children and young people who have contraindications for health resort treatment, and their parents. Old friends of the organization – students – volunteers of Forest Engineering College provide an active assistance in carrying out recuperation. Such recuperation gives parents an opportunity to have a rest, reveals the potential of children, strengthens their friendship with volunteers and contributes to forming a positive attitude of volunteers towards people with disabilities. With support of foreign partners Bobruisk primary organization implements another interesting project “Nanny for an hour”, aim of which is to give mothers bringing up children and young people with multiple developmental disabilities a rest. Nurses are mothers bringing up children and young people with a lighter degree of disability. In order to provide a qualified assistance to children and young people with multiple developmental disabilities, nurses were trained at seminars on kinesthetics carried out by the Swiss specialists. Thanks to this project, many mothers could entrust their child to a nurse for the first time and just have a rest, to visit friends, a doctor or a hairdresser.

A club “Mother to mother” works in Gomel primary organization. At meetings of the club mothers not only communicate, but also invite specialists from various fields to discuss interesting and actual issues. Providing on volunteer basis assistance to families appeared in difficult life situations is especially valuable in this organization. The organization carries out a lot of training activities with participation of foreign specialists. Then this experience has been successfully used in further work of the organization. For example, Swedish specialists will carry out seminars on involvement in theatrical activity of people with multiple developmental disabilities in February 2016.

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A lot of interesting activities on a charitable basis is carried out for children and parents in Zhlobin primary organization. They attend a lot of sports and cultural institutions. Administration of Zhlobin city has made a pleasant and meaningful gift for the 20th anniversary of Zhlobin primary organization: a stand with information about the organization was installed in the central square.

A network of NGO was established in the Gomel region. Primary organizations of NGO “BelAPDIiMI” take an active part in work of the network. This allows them to acquire new knowledge, to exchange experience efficiently, to participate in joint programs and projects that expand opportunities for involvement in the active life of children and young people with disabilities. After discussion of presentations of all organizations participating in the working meeting, the participants thought about the directions in which it is necessary to work locally to achieve the common objective of NGO “BelAPDIiMI” – creation for children and young people with disabilities equal with other citizens opportunities to participate in all spheres of society life.

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The meeting was very fruitful! It will give the participants impulse for further communication and implementation of joint plans and ideas to improve the quality of life of our children and their families.

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