One to One Children's Fund - Kosovo - 2016
Empowering children in Kosovo
One to One Children's Fund remedy and prevent the adverse impact of HIV/AIDS, disability and trauma on children, working hand in hand with communities to develop and implement projects which can be scaled and replicated.
There are approximately 50,000 children with special needs in Kosovo. The service provision for children with disabilities in Kosovo is extremely limited and only a small percentage of children with disabilities receive financial assistance.
In response to this desperate need four specialist day care centres have been developed in Prizren, Peja, Gjilan and Ferizaj.The centres teach children vital skills essential to facilitate their integration into the wider community and serve children with diverse needs, including those diagnosed as having a significant cognitive deficit, including Down’s syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy, as well as victims of neglect.
This partnership aims to improve the quality of care provided to circa 350 children through the four centres which provide vital psychosocial services and empowering children with disabilities. Activities include counselling, art therapy, music therapy, and therapeutic play aimed at teaching vital life skills. Multi-sensory activities are also organised for children in the multi-sensory rooms which are equipped to encourage the development of core skills and social interaction.
As many as 650 children with special needs have benefited from the services provided by the four centres since 2014.