promoting inclusive societies

Project Liaison:  Kjeld Ingebrigtsen, Nord-Norges Diakonistiftelse, Norway

There have been two projects completed in Russia, one in Nizhny Novgorod, and one in Severodvinsk.  Both of these project descriptions are shown below. 

Follow this link to read more about the new project in Severodvinsk, called "The Industrial-Practice Workshops for Young People with Limited Opportunities."

Project CHANCE - Severodvinsk

Project CHANCE began in July 2002 to establish a day care center for children with disabilities who did not have the opportunity to attend public schools.  Over the term of the project, 225 children ranging in age from two months to 20 years old were supported.  The children included those who did not attend school, preschool-aged children who were not admitted to school for health reasons, children who were being taught at home, children who went to school but needed extra help, and an early childhood program for children birth to three who have developmental disabilities. 

The day center is still operational and has been an important and great service for the children and their families.  A secondary goal was partially reached when the local non-governmental organization (NGO) took over the day-to-day operations of the center. 

The NGO acquired a lot of experience in planning, realization and management of projects, development and management of projects, developing partnerships, and cooperation with local authorities. 

A comprehensive system was created to help children with disabilities, and parents now have the opportunity to choose the way their children receive services. 

Project STEPS - Nizhny Novgorod

Project STEPS began in January 2004 and was completed in December 2006.  During this three-year project, IMPACT and its indigenous partner, VERAS, established a day center and consultation services, prepared and organized an annual event that includes a summer camp, attended and organized conferences, seminars, etc., and helped to produce public relations materials. 

During the project, eighteen children received services and supports, 82 adults received regular consultations, and about 1,000 families were contacted. 

In January 2007, the region of Nizhny Novgorod began funding the project.  VERAS continues to be a well respected service provider in Nizhny Novgorod and was one of the first NGOs in Russia to provide a day center independently.  To date, IMPACT and the project have continued a professional exchange and collaboration. 

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