Belgrade, 21 September 2017 - A donation of sports and recreational equipment worth $US 35,590.00 was handed-over today. It will benefit 14 day-care centres working as part of the Centre for Day-care and the Accommodation of Children with Disabilities, the Centre for Protection of Infants, Children and Youth, and the Sport Association of Persons with Disabilities in Belgrade.
The donation was made possible with the financial support of the NCR Foundation, and is part of a wider project, Sport for All, implemented by UNICEF and the Secretariat for Social Welfare of the City of Belgrade, which aims to promote the social inclusion of children with disabilities through sports, recreation and play.
“The integration of children and young people with disabilities into the community is made possible through sports, recreational activities and play. Therefore, this procurement of equipment and other gear will significantly contribute to sports and recreational activities organised in the Centre for Day-care and the Accommodation of Children with Disabilities. It will directly contribute to the improvement of the social inclusion of the 580 beneficiaries of this institution, in 14 day-care centres.
By the end of 2017, the City of Belgrade will open two more day-care centres in Ovca and Sopot, which will increase the capacity of this institution,” said Natasa Stanisavljevic, Secretary for Social Welfare of the City of Belgrade.
The equipment donation, as well as the expert support being provided, will facilitate and improve the quality of work and, as such, represents an additional incentive for the institutions themselves. Most of all, the significance of this type of support was best shown by the children themselves, who demonstrated the joy and positive energy which this donation generated.
“Sport promotes both physical and mental health. It empowers children to recognise and further strengthen their potential, and also contributes to the social inclusion of children with disabilities into the community. Therefore, it is important to emphasize that this initiative will enable, not only the 990 children in day-care centres and the Centre for Protection of Infants, Children and Youth, but also many other children, families and the wider community, to build an inclusive society that celebrates diversity, through joint sport and recreational activities,” said Michel Saint-Lot, UNICEF in Serbia Representative.
In addition to donations in equipment, this project provides support to improve the professional capacity of employees, as well as the organisation of a series of monthly inclusive sports events and continuous weekly joint sports and recreational activities for children with and without disabilities that will be implemented throughout the year.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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