18 December 2017. Borjomi, Georgia. Children and youth from the region of Borjomi will now have access to high quality services and live more active and independent lives as a new day care centre for children with disabilities is being opened in Borjomi and will be the first such centre in the whole Samtskhe-Javakheti region. The centre is funded with the Bulgarian Development Aid and implemented with the support of UNICEF and McLain association for Children.
The day care centre will cater for 30 children with disabilities (ages 6-18) and offer such services as informal education, therapeutic activities and social skills development. Meals and transportation to and from the center is considered as part of the service.
UNICEF renovated and fully equipped the building to create a friendly environment for learning, development and fun; trained professionals from different fields to improve their skills and ensure that every child will receive the individualized care s/he needs to reach his/her full potential. Day Centers should not be an alternative to school and special emphasis will be placed on networking with public schools to ensure children's effective enrollment in formal education.
The Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs will provide state vouchers for running the day care center to ensure sustainability of the service. The building for the centre was allocated by the Ministry of Economy. The Center is also supported by the Local Government of Borjomi. The Center will be run by the local non-government organization “Together for Real Changes”.
There are up to 40 day care centres for children with disabilities throughout the country which is not enough to meet the needs of children and their families.
Children with disabilities in Georgia are among the most vulnerable groups in the society and they have the right to be protected and to develop. All children in need and their families should have access to necessary services.
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