The old institution in the village of Gorna Koznitsa used to accommodate 59 children and young adults with mild to severe intellectual and physical disabilities. The Cedar Foundation spent 3 years (2008 to 2010) working on the closure of this institutional facility where the residents' individual needs were neglected, they were excluded from society, and they were denied proper care and the most basic opportunities to develop. Institutional life had a severe impact on their health and stigmatized them as being incapable to integrate and contribute.
The main aspects of our work during the process of closing down the institution were:
As a result of our 3-year-long efforts the children and young adults previously residing in the institution are now living in a family-type environment throughout Bulgaria. Twenty-four of them are accommodated in the Family-type homes “Siyanie” (radiance) managed by The Cedar Foundation in the town of Kyustendil.
For more information about the process of closing down the institution in the village of Gorna Koznitsa and the children and young adults' transition to community-based services, check our "Creating New Horizons" publication.