Non-governmental organization “Belarusian association of assistance to children and young people with disabilities” (NGO “BelAPDIiMI”) unites on a voluntary basis approximately 3000 families bringing up children and young people with disabilities. Certificate of registration No 01438, registered by the decision No 254 of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus on May 31, 2006.
To create for children and young people with disabilities equal with other people opportunities to participate in every field of social life.
WHERE DO WE WORK?
The executive bureau of NGO “BelAPDIiMI” has been working since 1996 in Minsk. The main aim of the executive bureau’s activity is to improve the quality of life of families bringing up children and young people with multiple disabilities in Belarus through implementation of socially important projects aimed at widening of a range of educational and social services in the Republic of Belarus; to assert the rights and interests of people with disabilities and their families.
NGO “BelAPDIiMI” comprises 43 regional and 9 Minsk member organizations. These primary organizations can implement their own programmes and participate in the national ones.
Chairperson of the Central Council of NGO “BelAPDIiMI”:
Our organization unites approximately 3000 families bringing up children and young people with disabilities. Every family has its own story: a happy or a sad one, a successful or in need of support, permanent support in some cases. We strive for seeing more happy families; we work for the sake of the present and the future of our children. I am always proud of any step forward our organization is making every single day; we not only lobby for the interests of our families, but also create conditions for life activity of children and young people with disabilities. Despite a number of positive changes in Belarus, ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2016, in particular, profound stigma associated with people with intellectual and severe multiple disabilities still exists in the country. The aim of our activity is to change a stereotyped perception of people with disabilities within the society, to give every single person a right to participate in every field of social life. One must not divide the society into “they” and “we”.
While implementing socially important projects, we realize how important the support of our partners is. As a result, our joint efforts are aimed at the welfare of families where children and young people with disabilities are brought up. I express sincere appreciation and gratitude for our joint fruitful work to our partners, sponsors, representatives of state bodies and departments, business partners, mass media, non-governmental organizations and to all the people who care and are always ready for cooperation. We can create an inclusive society, where every person with his peculiarities is of great value, only thanks to joint efforts.
D. Serdicha St. 9, 220082, Minsk, Republic of Belarus
Tel/fax (+375 17) 365 03 88, 256 73 90