Zenica: Service Center for Supporting Families of Children and Persons with Developmental Disabilities

servis centar zenicaThis is only possible when enthusiasts, government representatives and the business sector cooperate. We must provide care and support to persons and children with developmental disabilities - said Brock Bierman, Assistant Administrator for USAID's Bureau for Europe and Eurasia during the opening ceremony of the Service Centers for supporting families of children and persons with developmental disabilities in Zenica.

 

 

The Service Center in Zenica will provide free-of-charge services to families of children and persons with disabilities and developmental issues in the Zenica-Doboj Canton and the region.

The Center will provide users with free stay with access to services of psychologists, special education experts and educators, creative and inclusive workshops, and families of children and persons with developmental disabilities will be provided with legal aid, psychological counseling and help in crisis situations.

During the Center’s first month of work, 30 families from Zenica and neighboring town used their services, and the Center is expecting a significant increase in the number of users.

USAID’s Marginalized Populations Support Activity has so far supported the founding of five Service Centers in BiH: in Foča, Banja Luka, Tuzla, and two in Sarajevo.

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The formal opening ceremony was attended by Brock Bierman, Assistant Administrator for USAID's Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, Peter Duffy, USAID Mission Director in BiH, Jasmin Bešić, Chief of Party of USAID’s Marginalized Populations Support Activity, representatives of the City Administration of Zenica, Ministry of Labor, Social Policy and Displaced Persons of Zenica-Doboj Canton, representatives and members of the Association “Dlan”, members of the Service Center’s expert team, the Center’s users, media and other guests.

The founding of the Service Center was supported by USAID’s Marginalized Populations Support Activity (USAID/PPMG) and the City of Zenica, at the initiative of the Association of parents of children with cerebral palsy, microcephaly and hydrocephalus “Dlan” from Zenica.

USAID’s Marginalized Populations Support Activity provided 97,000 BAM for launching the Service Center “Dlan” in Zenica.

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