Mis-management, corruption, political instability, war. Across Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine these have resulted in the lives of orphaned or abandoned children, those in poverty-stricken families or those with learning and physical difficulties, being more or less ignored by the authorities. In the Soviet Union, those who were not capable of service were of no account. They received a minimum of resources and were largely ignored - this "put away and forget" mentality is still prevalent
2,500 children and young people plus families will live in reasonably decent circumstances and achieve more in society - "care for and integrate" mentality. Achieved through: security, love and care for the abandoned; free to use multi-disciplinary therapies for children with disabilities; places of refuge for children in vulnerable families; extra-curricular educational support; residential foster homes for orphans; social welfare and material aid for the most vulnerable families
Overcoming Barriers. Creating Firm Foundations. Creating a Fairer Society. These goals address the individual, community, social and cultural pressures weighing down 2,500 lives. There are positive glimpses of change but much remains to be achieved, which is a challenge given the continued economic and cultural context. However, achieving the goals will help change attitudes, government policy and funding of programmes that will bring change to the lives of some of the most vulnerable children
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).