Saray Day-Care Centre - for disabled children
Children with disabilities in Azerbaijan have few options for integration to society; they are excluded from education in general and remain isolated at home. The Government supports the idea of day-care but does not have the capacity to develop and test mechanisms - which is where UAFA comes in.
January 2011 - December 2012
United Aid for Azerbaijan (UAFA)
Problem for disabled children - no inclusion to society, little access to services, isolated from other children, no education, institutional care only option
Problem for families - no support, can not leave the house, trapped in cycle of poverty and unemployment because of lack of services, trapped in beneficiary mentality
Problem for Government - strong impetus to reform child welfare system but little capacity, too centralised to pilot community-based services without NGO partnership
This project supports the Government in de-institutionalising children's services, moving towards community-based services. Day-care has been set up with support from the State, local community and families - all contributing equally. UAFA provides the specialist staff and materials for education and development. Every day, the children attend the Centre and participate in activities with other children. Based on this pilot, the Government will replicate day-care in other State facilities.
To provide community-based day-care for children with disabilities.
Activities» Set up day-care centre in Saray institution, as alternative to institutional care,
» 1 skilled UAFA staff and 2 institution carers will provide education and development services for 8 children initially, Monday-Friday.
Success will be demonstrated through documentation (individual child care plans) and through media coverage.
To support Government in replicating day-care services across the country.
Activities» UAFA staff will train institution carers in providing and documenting the services for children so that they can withdraw sustainably after 1-2 years
» UAFA will provide Government with guide on developing day-care services that meet international standards.
» UAFA will promote the concept of 'community partnerships' in order to enable wider replication of day-care through private sector support.
Success will be demonstrated by take-up of day-care country-wide, with numbers of available places increasing by project end.
In the long term, children with disabilities will become less isolated from society and stigma should reduce, with more children entering education, employment and other typical life activities that other children take for granted. It should have an impact upon the poorest families, enabling more to escape the poverty cycle caused by lack of services and support. In general, this project is just one of the necessary actions leading to a more inclusive society.
The main risk we face is the centralised approach of Government to provision of services. Day-care must be easy to access for isolated and poor families, but post-Soviet Governments have a tendancy to want to control service provision from a central point, which makes it difficult to develop flexible and innovative services. This project will demonstrate mechanisms for decentralised services that can still operate efficiently and transparently, with some centralised monitoring.
UAFA operates a transparent financial reporting system which can meet the documentation needs of different donors. Written reports and photos will be provided as often as is required by the donor.
Budget - Project Cost: £21,600Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £16,500 Personnel Team of 3 UAFA specialists, 2 carers, 1 medic and 1 driver £3,600 Equipment & Materials Specially adapted chairs, tables etc. Toys, visual/audio equipment for activitie, hygiene £1,500 Expenses Petrol, communications, bank charges, accounting costs
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount International Women's Club £3,000 Guaranteed
Saray - a small town approximately 30 minutes north of Baku, Azerbaijan. Very run-down area, particularly affected by disability because of industrial pollution during Soviet times, leading to birth defects, learning problems etc.. The day-care centre is located in the local children's instituion for disability - to which children come from the whole country. Children at the day-care centre come from local community; demand has already started from neighbouring commuities.
Currently 8 children are attending; 15 more children are on the waiting list and we hope to offer services to at least 8 of them. About 20 children from neighbouring districts want to attend so demand is greater than places available. Area is very poor, most people travel to Baku (capital city) every day for work. Those who can not leave the town have little opportunity for work. Thus, with day-care available, parents will be able to leave the town to work and support their families.
UAFA has over 10 years of experience in Azerbaijan, developing service for vulnerable children and families, working with Government to support child welfare reform. We have been working in Saray for approximately 7 years and have a strong network of support with local community.
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Gulnara is the project coordinator/trainer/community liaison person.