Thursday 20 July 2017

On 12 July 2017, Save the Children in Kosova/o officially laid the foundation stone for the construction of the community-based rehabilitation center, Handikos, in the Municipality of Gjakova, where present were the Mayor of the Municipality of Gjakova, Save the Children and Handikos representatives, parents and children with disabilities.  

The construction of the Community Based Rehabilitation Center, including provision of equipment, is co-financed, with 51% contribution from Save the Children and 49% from Gjakova municipality, making Gjakova Municipality the only municipality in Kosovo to support a project of this kind. This is as a result of successful advocacy work of Save the Children in Kosovo, creating a precedence and role model whereby local institutions are accountable in planning and ensuring provisions of qualitative services for one of the most deprived groups, as are children with disabilities.

The municipal mayor stated, Mimoza Kusari Lila said that this is “one of the most important projects in the municipality of Gjakova, whereby since 2015 we have closely worked with Save the Children to realize this for the community today.” 

We highly value the support of the Gjakova Municipal Institution and their dedication to improve and provide quality services to one of the most deprived groups of children. 

“This is an example that should be followed by other municipalities, since it is the first time that a rehabilitation center is being built in this way, where the municipality is providing a valuable contribution. However I hope and believe that even after the construction of the center, we would continue to receive financial support from the municipality in order to provide quality services for persons and children with disabilities.  Rinor Gashi, Project Manager, Handikos

The CBR center will be completed construction in end of September 2017 and will provide services for children and parents of children with disabilities in Gjakova and the surrounding villages.

“With the beginning of the construction of this Rehabilitation Center, of course we are heading a step closer to our goal in offering and improving services for children with disabilities. However, much remains to be done, given that in Kosovo, approximately 10% of children with disabilities benefit from quality services, including education, health and social services.” Rudina Ademi Shala – PDQ Manager

  Save the Children in Kosovo is committed in promoting the protection of children's rights, especially children with disabilities, and as part of its three year "Every Last Child" campaign, Save the Children in Kosova/o works towards ensuring children with disabilities have access to quality and inclusive basic services.

About the Project

Community Based Services for Children with Disabilities Project is Save the Children’s regional initiative simultaneously implemented in Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (North-West Balkans), Georgia and Kosovo. The project aims to empower children with disabilities to develop their potentials, practice independence and enjoy inclusion. It also strengthens families and mobilizes communities to ensure children with disabilities are provided with quality services they need.