ZAEV Inclusive Solidarity Program 23-24

Within the scope of the "ZAEV Solidarity-Inclusive Program," the Foundation aims to promote social inclusion among vulnerable target groups and reduce the vulnerability faced by populations exposed to social risks. To commemorate significant dates such as

3 December - International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, declared by the United Nations General Assembly as a day of raising awareness of the rights of persons with disabilities and a commitment to realizing the rights of persons with disabilities not only as a matter of justice but as an investment in a common future at all levels of society. This program will actualize the perceptions of these people, who, regardless of a certain mental or physical disability, can be included with fair and dignified treatment in ordinary life. One of the activities that will be realized in this program will be the joint preparation and packaging of meals during the visit to the Public Institute for Protection and Rehabilitation “Banja Bansko”, an institution that cares for, nurtures, educates and rehabilitates people with disabilities. These meals will be distributed to a vulnerable group of citizens who need a meal. Another activity, among others, will be the organization of an art auction in cooperation with the Public Institute for Protection and Rehabilitation “Banja Bansko”. At this art auction, handmade works by people with disabilities will be exhibited for sale, and the collected funds will be equally distributed among the participants themselves. The purpose of this activity is to emphasize that these people can earn using their creativity, as well as to raise general awareness of the situation of people with disabilities in all aspects of social, economic and cultural life. By enabling people with disabilities to actively participate in social processes by their capabilities, we bring to the surface their potential and set an example that with a sincere desire, obstacles can result in a successful outcome.


10 December - International Human Right Day

International Human Rights Day on 10 December, declared by the United Nations General Assembly as the day on which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), was adopted as a milestone document, which proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being.


1 March - Zero Discrimination Day

Celebrating Zero Discrimination Day on 1 March, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to highlight the right of everyone to live a life with dignity regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnicity, skin colour, profession, education and beliefs. Given that the symbol for the Zero Discrimination Day is the ‘butterfly’ (widely used by people to share their stories and photos as a way to end discrimination and work towards positive transformation), will be announced a public call for a photography competition using this symbol, on the theme “Life stories in the fight against discrimination”.


21 March and 2 April - World Down Syndrom and Autism Awareness Day

Marking World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March and marking World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April, declared by the United Nations General Assembly, by mapping the families on the territory of the municipality of Strumica who has a member in their family with Down syndrome or autism. The mapping should result in the realization of specific activities that will contribute to increasing awareness and significance of these days, agreed-upon consultation with the before-mentioned families. These activities will aim to break down prejudices against people with Down syndrome or autism, by enabling their integration into society as a whole.

The program will be implemented through the following initiatives:

The launch of the "Empathy Experience: Breaking the Barriers" initiative, aimed at fostering empathy, understanding, and dismantling social barriers encountered by people with disabilities.

  • Inviting individuals with disabilities to share their personal experiences, providing firsthand accounts of the challenges they face, as well as their triumphs and resilience;
  • Developing a comprehensive program that incorporates interactive activities and group discussions to encourage active participation and reflection. These sessions will cover various aspects related to disabilities, such as accessibility, communication barriers, technology, and social attitudes;
  • Collaborating with artists or performers with disabilities to create artistic activities that challenge stereotypes by showcasing the talents and creativity of individuals with disabilities. These activities will inspire respect and celebrate diversity.

Organizing inclusive sports events tailored for individuals with disabilities, enabling participation in adapted sports and fostering teamwork and inclusivity.

  • Collaborating with local sports associations and/or professional athletes with disabilities to provide coaching sessions, motivating participants to continue engaging in sports and designing adapted sports activities;
  • Creating inclusive sports events that allow participants with and without disabilities to engage in friendly competitions or competitive games, encouraging a sense of healthy competition;
  • Organizing adaptive sports competitions that incorporate innovative elements to enhance inclusiveness within the events.

Facilitating the establishment of "Peer Support Networks" to connect interested individuals with peers from marginalized communities, offering guidance, mentoring, and emotional support.

  • Collaborating with mental health professionals to provide training for individuals interested in becoming peer supporters. This training will cover emotional well-being and mental health first aid, equipping participants with the necessary skills to provide comprehensive support to their peers;
  • Encouraging the identification of specific issues affecting marginalized groups and developing campaigns to create awareness and address these crucial messages;
  • Assisting in organizing events to enhance the visibility of campaigns, such as panel discussions to raise awareness. Utilizing various communication channels to effectively convey messages and engage the wider community.
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