Uzbekistan 2005-2007

EC programme: TACIS Institution Building Partnership Programme (IBPP) Support to Civil Society and Local Initiatives
Project title: Assistance to disabled women, institution-, and network building in Uzbekistan
Duration: 2005-2007
Budget: 236,475 Euro        
Donor: European Commission

Project background

The Uzbek population consist of 26 million people, 55,000 of them live with disabilities. In Kibrai district there are 2,500 disabled women and 385 women live with disabled children. People with disabilities are part of the society, and – due to their special situation – needs special services. Without these services the defencelessness of disabled women and women with disabled children would be much determinant in their lives. 
Project objectives

The general objective of Hungarian Interchurch Aid’s (HIA) program was to promote the social integration of disabled women and parents living with disabled children (target area: Kibrai District, where there are 2,500 disabled women and 385 disabled children). The objective was implemented by introducing new services that are increasing the target group’s access to equal opportunity and are supporting them in solving their everyday-problems. The second objective of the program was to provide capacity building to HIA’s partner organisation Kibrai District Society of Disabled Women "Opa-Singillar” and at the same time to facilitate the cooperation of Uzbek NGOs working with people with disabilities.
Main activities

1. Introduction of new services, setting up a new service centre
Advisory service, individual and group therapy, development groups (providing general advice providing legal advice, life style advice, psychotherapeutic treatment, family therapy, support group (therapy), sociotherapy group, self-knowledge group, personal assistance, support for the professional training of women with disabilities)
2. Organisational development, facilitating the cooperation of Uzbek NGOs 
Main results and impact

- Total of 6000 people could have the services of the Consultative Center during the project life. They live both in Kibrai district and beyond it. Disabled people from the city of Tashkent, the towns of Chirchik and Namangan, from Bostanlik and Kuya-Chirchik districts came to get consultations at the Center. In addition, about 1000 people were consulted on the phone.
- Personal assistants provided 525 different services in 3600 hours of work
- 30 people in two groups with 15 students each were trained at the dressmaking course
- All together 481 persons participated on conferences, workshop, capacity building events organized during programme period.
- Database containing 600 disabled person's data and 32 Uzbek NGOs detailed description were completed
The project had significant impact on lives of disabled women and/or disabled children. The counselling centre set up during the project helped women to acquire skills of how to seek and use experts’ advise to solve their problems. As part of the organizational development in the course of the project Opa Singillar received methods and knowledge, which increase its potential. The program had good results, which positively influenced the situation of women with special needs and mothers of children with special needs in the Kibrai District of the Tashkent region.