Creating opportunities for people with permanent mental disability themselves to grow food (fruits, vegetables, herbs).

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Creating opportunities for people with permanent mental disability themselves to grow food (fruits, vegetables, herbs).

Moldova
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
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On the territory of the rehabilitation center to plant a garden, where the beneficiaries themselves could grow fruits and vegetables. Of these products they can cook meals in the kitchen at the rehabilitation center.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

After the commencement of the respective schools and boarding schools, the young woman and men cannot get a job because of the low vocational training skills and the existing restrictive attitudes of employers in accepting people with intellectual backwardness. Thus, they do not have means of covering their daily expenses (food, clothing, medication, housing…etc.). Due to their disabilities, these people have the lowest general educational level. They are not able to help themselves, or in a condition to understand the complicated realities of life.
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Organization:
Association "Speranţă şi Sănătate"
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Section 1: About You
First Name

Tatiana

Last Name

Roscovan

Organization

Association "Speranţă şi Sănătate"

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Section 2: About Your Organization
Organization Name

Association "Speranţă şi Sănătate"

Organization Phone

+373 22 75 68 31

Organization Address

V. Lupu str., mun. Chisinau, R. of Moldova

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Innovation
What makes your idea unique?

In the Republic of Moldova the problem of young adults (older than 16) with mental diseases, that face difficulties in finding a place in the society is of utmost importance. After these people finished the specific schools they cannot find work and are therefore unable to subsist. Taking into account their sheer number, the problem is especially virulent as they are the poorest group in society. All of them have a monthly income below the subsistence level (around 20-30 USD). Many of them are living with elderly parents or with parents that are equally suffering of disabilities. Many have no opportunity to eat at home so they come to the center. But unfortunately we also do not always have the means to purchase products.

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Impact
What impact have you had?

The intellectual disabilities of the affected young people lead to a marginalization of such individuals, as they face permanent discrimination. They exist outside the realms of society, incapable of living a self-dependent life and cannot exist without the permanent help of their guardians. The problem arises especially when these people become older. After a certain age, usually after the age of 16, they have no chances to find their place as a productive member in society. Moldova unofficially counts at least 15.000 persons with various mental disabilities. Almost none of them are able to find jobs.

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The rehabilitation centre is created and works for people classified as mentally disabled (disability category 1 and 2) with diagnoses such as: intellectual backlog, schizophrenia, epilepsy, Down-syndrome…etc. here they are trained to do house work (cleaning, washing dishes, etc.), they learn some basic school curricula (grammar, mathematics, geography, etc.); they socialize and spend their free time. At the rehabilitation centre they are being taught to work with wood, paper and other natural materials. The center also includes a garden where the beneficiaries could grow their own vegetables and fruit and care for pets.

Results

Expected results:
• develop vital skills of self-service and maintenance in a daily family and public life;
• train mentally ill people in professional skills according to their development and abilities;
• a feeling of the beneficiaries of being a productive member of society;
• moral and financial support to their guardians.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

1 year - a) to repair the fence around the garden, b) enrich the soil, с) to buy tools for cultivation, d) to buy seeds, seedlings, e)to work in the garden - plant trees, sow a vegetable garden, cultivated land, watered.
2 year - a) to buy seeds, seedlings, b)to work in the garden - plant trees, sow a vegetable garden, cultivated land, watered, harvest
3 year - a)to buy tools for cultivation, b) to buy seeds, seedlings, c)to work in the garden - plant trees, sow a vegetable garden, cultivated land, watered, harvest

What would prevent your project from being a success?

Not all of these people can or want to work.

How many people will your project serve annually?

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

Sustainability
What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

In what country?
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Yes

If yes, provide organization name.

Association of parents with adult children suffering from mental disability «Speranţă şi Sănătate»

How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

Yes

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

On the 17th of July 2004, by the decision 11/41-57, the City Council, together with the Department of Education, provided us with a building to open our rehabilitation centre (former kindergarten number 27).

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

We plan to open in this building: a) workshops for men and women; b) a health center for disabled people with complex pathology; c) a dormitory for those left without parents.
But for this we must first find a way to provide our beneficiaries at least dinners, find partners, sponsors that could help us with the implementation of our projects and to obtain financial support from the government.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

In the Republic of Moldova the problem of young adults (older than 16) with mental diseases, that face difficulties in finding a place in the society is of utmost importance. After these people finished the specific schools they cannot find work and are therefore unable to subsist.
Our Association is the first and only open organization that provides help free of charge and is concerned with the adaptation of such people in society. It focuses on the provision of social services to these people. Taking into account their sheer number (more than 15,000 only in Chisinau), the problem is especially virulent as they are the poorest group in society.
But, unfortunately our organization does not have sufficient funding to ensure beneficiaries of the food (at home they did not have the capacity to eat properly). So we decided that if we will have our own garden, some of the products for the food will not have to buy.

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