Education and support services in Zaporozhye, Ukraine.
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The Florence Centre is a unique community development program located in Zaporozhye, Ukraine. The Florence Centre is committed to education and support of children, adults and families dealing with disabilities, abuse, addiction and mental health issues. Families who once kept their children at home, ashamed of their disabilities, now have a place to gather for support. University students who come to the Florence Centre to do their social work practicums find their lives are impacted positively as they interact with the community.
Communitas, in connection with Canada Ukraine Agrarian Development Inc., has partnered with this agency since 2007. International partnerships are important to a pioneering organization like the Florence Centre that is working towards self-sufficiency. As Ukraine lives with the memory of the Iron Curtain, it is learning what it means to have a sense of civil service and to become a more inclusive society.
Lucy Romanankova, director of the Florence Centre, says the needs in her community are great and she is appreciative of the support they receive through Communitas.
“We are always impressed that people who live in Canada think about Ukraine,” said Romanankova . “We are very, very grateful for your support and encouragement.”
The Florence Centre addresses the difficult challenges in its community through several projects including:
- Workshops on bullying for high school students
- Addressing domestic violence issues
- Caregiver professional development and support
- Parents’ support club
- Seniors’ support club
- Educational resources for clients and personnel
- Counselling services
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) educational presentations