Past Projects

Community for All Moldova – Bridge Funding During the Global Economic Crisis
October 2010 - present
Funded by the Soros Foundation – Moldova
The Community for All-Moldova program is developing community-based services and supports for children with disabilities who have been institutionalized or who are at risk of institutionalization. Since its inception, the strong commitments of the local and national government to partner in this program have made it possible to develop high quality services for children with disabilities. With bridge funding from the Soros Foundation-Moldova, Keystone Moldova is ensuring the sustainability and expansion of the Community for All-Moldova achievements through economically difficult times. Not only will existing community-based services be preserved, but the development of new planned services will continue and 200-225 new jobs will be created.
Sustainable social services for people with intellectual disabilities within the decentralization context
October 2015-December 2016
Funded by Soros-Moldova Foundation
Project Goal is to ensure the sustainability of the community based services and of the implementation of the reforms on deinstitutionalization and social inclusion of persons with intellectual disabilities. Keystone Moldova supports the LPA from 10 districts to continue the deinstitutionalization and to improve the quality and the sustainability of community based services developed within “Community for All Moldova” Program.  Also, organization provides support to central Government on developing the policies for UNCRPD implementation (National Action Plan, National Report on implementation of UNCRPD and Costs standards for community based services for persons with disabilities).
Collaboration at the local level for social inclusion of persons with disabilities in Anenii-Noi and Ialoveni Districts
2015 - 2017
Funded by USA Agency for International Development (USAID) within „Partnerships for a Sustainable Civil Society in Moldova” Project FHI360
The Project aims to ensure participation of persons with disabilities and civil society in the development of public policy for people with disabilities. Throughout the Project the local Strategies on social inclusion of people with disabilities are participatory developed in Anenii Noi and Ialoveni Districts. Keystone Moldova develops capacity building of CSOs and LPA from Ialoveni and Anenii Noi in implementing local strategy activities on social inclusion of people with disabilities.
Piloting inclusive education models for preschool children in Moldova
January 2015 – December 2016
Funded by Open Society Foundations/Early Childhood Program
The Project lies in complex and multidimensional approaching of the issue of inclusion of children with special educational needs, by mobilizing and empowering relevant stakeholders in the implementation of the Inclusive Education Development Program in Moldova for 2011-2020. The project focuses on ensuring the access of children with special educational needs in pre-school institutions.

The target group of the Project is formed of 15 pre-school educational institutions from 14 communities of the Republic of Moldova.
Access of persons with disabilities to election
July 2014 – February 2015
Funded by East European Foundation
The Project aims to ensure access for all persons with disabilities in political life and electoral processes. In this context the project objectives include: providing support to the Central Electoral Commission to develop and promote the Regulation on the access of persons with disabilities to electoral processes; informing and sensitizing political parties on the issues of persons with disabilities and mobilization of the parties in problems solving; informing the media about communication with people with disabilities and approaching disability in valorization way.
Media and communication for an inclusive society
June 2014 – December 2015
Funded by Open Society Foundation / Health Media Initiative and Soros-Moldova Foundation
The Project goal is to develop an inclusive community environment through media advocacy activities. The Project objectives are:  Adults with disabilities know their rights and fight for them, through the media means too; Community services for people with disabilities are promoted both in the society and media; People with disabilities are able to speak for themselves and can undertake advocacy activities. Through its activities, the project aims to raise community awareness and increase the knowledge of persons with disabilities.
People with Disabilities – Actors in Preventing and Combating Discrimination
September 2013 – August 2014
Funded by Soros Foundation-Moldova
This project aims to ensure the participation of people with intellectual disabilities in preventing and combating discrimination on the grounds of disability. A group of people with intellectual disabilities who have been deprived of the right to live in the community have been empowered to recognize discriminatory situations and exercise the rights stipulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Prevention of Stigma and Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities in School on Both Banks of the Nistru River
November 2013 – November 2014
Funded by the European Union/United Nations Development Program
This project aims to reduce discriminatory attitudes toward people with disabilities in schools and community. Project activities include social theater performances in ten schools and socializing events between pupils and students from both banks of the Nistru River. Dissemination of public information materials bout people with disabilities and how to communicate with and about them is expected during these activities.
Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and/or Their Families Through Selling Hand-Made Bags and Handbags for Women from Recyclable Materials
December 2013 – October 2015
Funded by the East Europe Foundation
The project consists of providing support to people with disabilities and their families, in order to reduce poverty, improve quality of life, and increase their social inclusion. In this context, Keystone Moldova supports the employment of people with intellectual disabilities and supports people in income-generating activities at home or within social services (Supported Living and Community Home).
Micro-enterprise Incubator
August 2012 – July 2014
Funded by Open Society Foundations/Mental Health Initiative
Keystone Moldova supports the deinstitutionalization and the prevention of institutionalization of children and young adults with disabilities. To ameliorate their difficult economic situation and enhance their vocational skills and training, Keystone Moldova is implementing the Micro-enterprise Incubator project. Developed in partnership with Winrock Moldova, the Incubator is facilitating and enhancing the formation and growth of micro-enterprises managed by or employing people with disabilities and their families.

Public-Private Partnership for the Sustainable Development of Locally Governed Disability Services: Supporting Decentralization Reform
December 2012 – November 2014
Funded by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova
This project promotes an inclusive and empowered society through public-private partnerships in five rayons to improve the delivery of services to people with disabilities and the efficient transfer of competencies to local authorities. Not only will children and families gain access to services through Mobile Teams, but local authorities, journalists, students, and others will be trained and educated in creating an inclusive environment where the rights of all people with disabilities are respected.

Media Promotion of the Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
September 2013 – February 2014
Funded by the Open Society Foundations – Health Media Initiative
Through the Media Promotion of the Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities project, Keystone Moldova continued its work on increasing the population’s awareness regarding disability issues, on promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, on fighting stigma and discrimination, and on supporting the involvement of people with disabilities in self-advocacy. This project was focused on addressing the attitudinal barriers in society toward people with disabilities through working with the media (print, radio, TV, and new media) and using personal storytelling. The goal of the project was to support self-empowerment and societal inclusion for people with disabilities in Moldova.
UN Convention as a Guarantee of Nondiscrimination of Persons with Disabilities
July 2012 – October 2013
Funded by the Soros Foundation – Moldova
Through the project UN Convention as a Guarantee of Nondiscrimination of Persons with Disabilities, Keystone Moldova is providing support to local public administrations in Calarasi and Orhei rayons to develop and implement the Strategy on the Implementation of the UN Convention. Not only will local public administrations receive training in Social Role Valorization and disability rights, but two actions from the Strategy will be implemented. Keystone Moldova will share its experiences so these ideas can be implemented nationally.
Equal Access to Education
2010 – 2013
Funded by the Open Society Early Childhood Program
In keeping with our vision of a world where all people are accepted and included in the community, Keystone Moldova is working to increase inclusive education opportunities for all children. Through the Equal Access to Education project, children with disabilities will receive support to be included in their local community schools. The project will develop best-practice models of inclusive school programs, as well as the regulations and standards needed to sustain these programs. In addition, the project aims to increase the schools' capacities to provide the necessary support and to encourage communities to accept children with disabilities in the schools.
Public Achievement
January 2012 – August 2012
Funded by US Embassy Moldova
The Public Achievement project was implemented in close collaboration with the Peace Corps volunteers. The total number of direct beneficiaries of the project was 24 facilitators and 128 young people. The 24 facilitators (12 Peace Corps volunteers and 12 partners) that were trained during the initial training returned to their communities and trained groups of young people in Public Achievement. A total of 128 young people (school and university students) from 10 communities were trained and actively participated in the Public Achievement activities and developed and implemented twelve projects.
Joint Media Strategy Group
2009 – 2013
Funded by Open Society Foundations – Health Media Initiative
As a part of a coordinated effort with the Community for All-Moldova program, Keystone Moldova and four other nongovernmental organizations developed a Joint Media Strategy Group to promote social inclusion in the community, increase the community's awareness of disability issues and encourage acceptance of people with disabilities. The Joint Media Strategy Group seeks to empower people with disabilities and their parents to document their own stories for publication in the media, as well as educate journalists and other members of both traditional and social media about the positive portrayal of people with disabilities and disability issues.
Fighting the Discrimination of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities through the Joint Efforts of Joint Media Strategy Group
September 2011 – November 2012
Funded by the Soros Foundation – Moldova and the Open Society Foundations/Mental Health Initiative
The Fighting the Discrimination of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities through the Joint Efforts of the Joint Social Media Strategy Group project was designed to educate the public and change their attitudes regarding persons with disabilities in order to prevent discrimination. The project activities included a media campaign focused on changing the attitudes of students and teachers regarding persons with intellectual disabilities, the organization of two advocacy groups (one of parents and one of persons with disabilities), and education to build the capacity of journalists in disability issues.
Open World Eurasian Countries Hosting Program
2008
Sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center at the U.S. Library of Congress
Through the Open World Eurasian Countries Hosting Program, Keystone has been provided with the opportunity to share knowledge, expertise and important cultural perspectives with Ministry of Health officials, health care professionals and leaders from nongovernmental organizations in Moldova. Focusing on Primary Health Care Systems Reform, delegates gained ideas and practices that they can adapt and apply in their own work.
Community-Based Supports to Children and Families in Difficult Social Situations
July 2006 – December 2008
Funded by the European Commission
Following our vision to advance the human spirit, Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association expanded the services of the successful Unitate (Unity) Children and Family Center in Tudora and established the Vis (Dream) Children and Family Center in Bacioi. Unitate and Vis provide individualized services for Moldova’s vulnerable children and families, helping them live full, healthy lives as accepted members of the community.
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