October 6, 2006: Supporting the Right of Children With Special Needs To Live in a Family
6 October 2006 at 10:00 – Jalalabat:
A day care centre based on Jalalabat Kindergarten No. 17 will open its doors to 25 children with special needs and their parents living in Jalalabat, thanks to the joint efforts of the Mayor’s Office, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children (Denmark).
The ceremony is opened by official guests from the President’s administration and Ministry of Labour and Social protection, and local authorities. Together with the project organizers, they highlight importance of day care centres as an alternative service to old fashion residential institutions and a service to enable families to fulfil their roles. Unlike big residential care institutions, such centres help children with mental and physical disabilities remain with their families, engage in specially designed learning programmes and socialize with each other. For their parents, it is a way to resume their works without placing their children in residential care institutions, which often brings to breakdown of family ties and violation of the children’s right to live in the family.
Starting from May 2006, UNICEF has provided financial support to the Save the Children (Denmark) to renovate the building of the centre, organize training for the staff and purchase all necessary equipment. The local state administration takes over all the financial obligations on providing food to children, salaries to the staff and all other expenses on running the centre.
It has become possible thanks to the close partnership between central and local authorities, non-governmental organizations, communities, families in promoting the reforms aiming at reducing child poverty and attaining child protection and welfare.
For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 155 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Save the Children (Denmark) was founded in 1945 to provide help children in need after the World War II. Today, the organization is working for the most vulnerable groups of children in many countries of the world.