Polska pomoc

 

I can count on you!

In Georgia, many families are struggling with unemployment, which is at 60–70% at the national level. Another problem is very low income per family member. The situation is even more difficult for families with a person who has a physical and/or mental disability. Social and psychological assistance are inadequate, as are medical education and nursing care. Families with a member who has a physical and/or mental disability suffer from solitude and at times marginalisation or even exclusion from social life. They are overburdened with the continuous care they have to provide and often struggle with a sense of guilt, embarrassment and bitterness. There are times when these families encounter an unfavourable reaction from their surroundings. Not enough information is available about disabilities and mental disorders, giving rise to fear, resignation and hostility.

I can count on you!

Under the project, individual psychological help was offered for persons with disabilities and for their family members. Parental skills were also developed in the School for parents. Therapy workshop meetings were organised for parents of small children with disabilities and for parents faced with sudden disability of their child (e.g. as a result of sickness or an accident). Four support groups were created, divided by the type of disability (i.e. mental disease, mental disability, behavioural problems and complex disabilities). Crisis intervention encompassed assistance to families in crisis (in conflicts, difficult situations, etc.). The subject matter of these meetings concerned the psychological and social aspects of disability, resulting in the creation of a paper and a digital Map of psychological and institutional family support (a map of medical, rehabilitation, social, and guardianship centres).

Workshops were also organised for specialists working with persons with disabilities and for families of those with disabilities. During the seminar, participants were shown how to encourage families of persons with disabilities to share their successes and problems with other families and how to seek allies for measures meant to solve problems of persons with disabilities at the local and at the national government levels.

I can count on you!

Project actions were carried out by Polish specialists (two specialist psychotherapists and the founders of the Home Foundation) who during workshops realigned the problems faced by therapists and parents of persons with disabilities. A map of needs was drawn up and a network of solutions was created in various external as well as personal spheres. Consequently, a team of specialists was appointed to resolve problems within the group of specialists working in Sankamilo as well as issues concerning cooperation with parents and adults with disabilities.

Another effect of the project was motivating parents to broaden their parental skills in order to form support groups. Three support groups were created: in Akhaltsikhe, Arali and Tbilisi. Each group is headed by a leader who has the help of a psychologist. The leader is responsible for preparation of the subject matter of meetings, notifying group members about the date of meetings and inviting specialists. In the course of the project’s implementation, each support group met three times. The meetings with the founders of the foundation resulted in the appointment of an initiative group and the filing of an application for the establishment of an association for families of persons with disabilities in Akhaltsikhe.