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Founded in 2003 by Keystone Human Services International, the Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association (Keystone Moldova) aims for the social inclusion of individuals living in difficult social situations, including persons with disabilities. Keystone Moldova is planning to achieve this goal through the following objectives:

  • To contribute to the improvement of the legal and regulatory framework of the social protection system for vulnerable groups of the population, including persons with disabilities
  • To contribute to the reform of the social care system for persons with disabilities through the promotion of deinstitutionalization and reintegration with families and community services
  • To support the development of community based social care services for persons with disabilities and other people living in difficult social situations
  • To support the inclusion of people in difficult social situations, including persons with disabilities, in typical community services, as well as educational schools
  • To contribute to the reduction of poverty of families living in difficult social situations, including persons with disabilities, by promoting their employment
  • To help change public attitudes toward people in difficult social situations, including persons with disabilities, to promote an environment of inclusion and equal opportunities for the development of all community members regardless of race, language, disability, sex, or age

In pursuing its goals, Keystone Moldova supports the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family to improve the regulatory framework for the social protection of persons with disabilities, with the goal of successfully implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and social inclusion.

Keystone Moldova cooperates with local authorities in implementing the deinstitutionalization program for persons with mental disabilities and ensuring their inclusion in the community. For this purpose, Keystone Moldova supports the development of community based social care services for persons with disabilities, such as Community Homes, Supported Living, Shared Living, Foster Care, Mobile Teams, and Respite Services.

Keystone Moldova promotes and supports the social inclusion of people living in difficult social situations, as well as those with disabilities, in typical community based social services, including educational schools. In this regard, Keystone Moldova implements the Inclusive Education Methodology approved by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Moldova in kindergartens and schools, providing assistance to children with special educational needs based on their actual needs. Keystone Moldova also supports the development of resource centers for inclusive education and community centers for children at risk of being placed in residential institutions.

Keystone Moldova provides direct assistance to children and youth with intellectual disabilities who have left the Orhei institution for children (boys) with severe mental disabilities or who have avoided being placed in residential care, as well as to their families to ensure their integration into biological or extended families and the community. Thus, every child and their family members can receive various types of assistance, such as social, medical, psychological, legal, behavioral, or other support, depending on their needs as determined by the person centered planning process. At the same time, each beneficiary has a support group in the community which is actively involved in supporting the family to solve their problems.

To address the discrimination of people living in difficult social situations and persons with mental disabilities, Keystone Moldova supports individuals and families to increase their capacity and involves them in advocacy activities, both locally and nationally. Keystone Moldova also employs different efficient communication activities, such as the social theater forum, self-documentation, story-telling, and other similar techniques.

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