For already 2 years, 40 children with special needs benefit from the specialized personal assistant service in Yerevan thanks to VivaCell-MTS support.
In order to provide efficient assistance to children with disabilities, the Source Foundation, established in Armenia four years ago, has also included their families in its target group. As a result, an important change happens not only in the lives of these children but also in their families. Children with disabilities and special needs overcome self-isolation and are no longer limited to contact only with mother, which allows families to return to the normal rhythm of life.
Since 2014, VivaCell-MTS started to support different projects of the foundation making it feasible to achieve the goals set. In 2017, special activities were implemented with 40 children, for 8 months, 3 days a week, 6-8 hours a day at home outside, at schools and rehabilitation centers. Individual tutors have been trained and worked with children at the development and care centers. The individual tutors’ work was supervised by 3 senior specialists who developed the overall individual plan of working with the child to develop and improve their physical condition, as well as to regulate and make the work more effective in the child-tutor-parent chain.
Marina Parazyan, the director of “SOURCE” Foundation, notes that they have managed to achieve the key objectives of the program. In particular, the Foundation has succeeded in uniting various organizations providing specialized care to children with disabilities, as well as in creating jobs for young specialists in this sphere, supporting the families in the target group and helping the children.
The care of each child, as appropriate, includes care, development of self-service skills, guidance at schools or at different development centers, continuous active work with individual development plans for each child. The team of pedagogue-tutors and coordinators has succeeded in reaching tangible results, ensuring that children are provided with independent, joyful and quality daily occupancies, and parents are given the opportunity to rest, study, and return to normal life.