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The partners

There are 5 organizations participating in the EADEA project: Adra Bulgaria (leading partner), Südwind Agentur, Estonian Foundation for the Visually Impaired, Adra Rwanda and Croatian Typhlological Musem (associate partner). Following you can find detailed information on each partner. If you are willing to contact the project administration or any of the partners visit the contact page.

1. Adra Bulgaria (leading partner) – Bulgaria:

ADRA Bulgaria Foundation is an Bulgarian NGO, acting already over 20 years nationwide and internationally, member of the ADRA International network active in over 120 countries. (ADRA International holds Consultative status with the UN.)

The mission of ADRA BG is to provide relief and support to development to the most vulnerable communities, groups and individuals in the society.

For almost 20 years (starting 1992) it works in and with Roma communities – initially predominantly providing humanitarian aid, when now its main activities are educational (many implemented projects for support to Roma education), social (its ‘social housing’ project in Kyustendil recently selected as one of Bulgarian best practices in Roma housing), health (maintaining over 10 years a constructed, equipped and staffed by it Medical Centre in the Roma ghetto ‘Iztok’ in Kyustendil, serving without prejudice people lacking medical insurance), capacity building (providing training to members of vulnerable groups and communities, supporting starting NGOs, training in networking, training in public-private partnership especially for collaboration with state agencies and local authorities, training in entrepreneurship to victims of traffic and former convicts, organizing vocational trainings), etc.

Though ADRA BG has made use mostly of funds provided by US (lately a project funded by Bloomberg Initiative with over US$ 252 000 project on tobacco ban) and its network sources, it has also implemented governmentally funded projects – by Czech government where its project has been recognized for its high quality of implementation, by PHARE programme through the Bulgarian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, by the Municipality of Vienna through its social housing programme, etc. And it has implemented also projects funded by the World Bank and UNDP.

Lately it has supported NGO-s in Montenegro and Serbia to develop projects focused on IDP where it participates as associate partner.

In its over 20 years of active work ADRA Bulgaria Foundation has developed lots of national and international partnerships with other NGOs from Austria, Germany, France, Swiss, Canada, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Portugal, Lithuania, Estonia etc. with which it develops and implements projects.

In CORE project ADRA BG has been selected by the partnership to be the Applicant organization for its combined expertise in educational, health and social measures focused on improvement of Roma situation by participatory approach. ADRA BG has implemented all its focused on Roma minority projects in partnership with and by active support of the Roma target group. Thus it has developed its capacity to collaborate in Roma issues on the basis of need assessment and constant dialogue with final beneficiaries. ADRA BG brings in CORE project its capacity for international networking, team building, capacity to implement and participate in international projects, to organize and run training, to develop training and educational materials, to advocate and lobby, to establish relations of partnership and collaboration with the authorities and wide range of stakeholders.

Operational capacity of ADRA BG: The staff of ADRA BG has professional competences and qualifications to implement big scale actions and achieve the planned results. The foundation has experienced staff members who have previously successfully managed, monitored, reported and evaluated projects with broad international partnership and successfully achieved the planned results in the frame of the estimated budget with only minor changes.

It has internationally trained staff with specific expertise in needs assessment in emergency, international humanitarian law, advocacy for human rights, in capacity building in civil society organizations, in development education and aid efficiency.

Financial capacity of ADRA BG: ADRA BG has stable and sufficient sources of funding to maintain its activity throughout the project implementation period and it can rely on donations also from private donors to support different running small projects.

ADRA BG has its own well equipped office in Sofia, several vehicles (car, truck, special van serving disabled people), big warehouse (for its expertise in distribution ADRA BG is selected to be among the first distributors of the espected to be opened first Food Bank in the country) and other premise used for emergency support.

2. Südwind Agentur – Austria:

Südwind Agentur was founded in 1997 as a non-profit NGO engaged in PR, information and educational work in the field of international development. On local, regional, national, and international levels, Südwind cooperates with organizations and institutions in the fields of international development, education, environment, culture, and social issues, as well as with various civil society networks and important political figures.

Südwind’s core competencies and key fields of activity are in the area of Global Education, in the production of international development media, in the introduction of international development issues and concerns into civil society initiatives, and in the compilation of studies on global issues. Our work also includes lobbying relevant political figures and decision-makers about our concerns.

3. Estonian Foundation for the Visually Impaired (EFVI) – Estonia:

Estonian Foundation for the Visually Impaired (EFVI) is a non-profit organization established on the 8th of December 1997 by three private persons. EFVI is a fully project based nonprofit organization.

EFVI’s goal is helping the blind and partially sighted persons in getting education and increasing their competitiveness in the labor market. EFVI is working for better inclusion of visually impaired people into society.

The main areas of the activity of the Estonian Foundation for the Visually Impaired have been:

• Organizing of supplementary training courses (computer training, typewriting training, courses of psychology etc) for the visually impaired adults;
• Promoting eLearning among the disabled people;
• Counseling of the lecturers of universities about the methods of teaching visually impaired people and assistive technology;
• Counseling of the IT specialists of public sector and private sector about the accessibility of public websites and e-services;
• Testing of accessibility and usability of public e-services;
• Counseling of the museum educators about the accessibility of museums and their educational programs with the special focus on visually impaired visitors.

During its overall activities, EFVI has placed a great importance on introducing and developing information and communications technology (ICT) for improving the life quality of the blind and visually impaired persons and for better e-inclusion.

The first project of EFVI was “Information technology in the service of the visually impaired persons” (1998) which was financed by the Open Estonia Foundation (Soros Foundation). The general goal of the project was to integrate the blind and persons with low vision into the open society with the aid of information technology. In the framework of the project, licenses of special software designed for the blind were purchased (screen readers and text-to-speech software) first time in Estonia. At the office of EFVI, an internet and computer training center was established for the visually impaired computer users. Training courses were organized for the members of associations of the blind in order to introduce them the internet resources, mailing lists, and news groups of the visually impaired persons as well as teach them how to find information on internet in general.

During its operation, EFVI has continuously been involved in raising the public awareness about the possibilities of use of information and communications technology in social, educational, cultural and work-related integration of the visually impaired. EFVI has expertise in training of the visually impaired adults and in testing of the accessibility and usability of e-learning courses that are based on information and communication technology by the visually impaired.

Since 2004 EFVI has tested accessibility and usability of several e-services for instance e-Banking, e-Tax Board, e-Voting, e-Commercial Register Company Registration Portal etc. Recently (in August – December 2011) EFVI’s accessibility expert tested in cooperation with Statistics Estonia the usability and accessibility of the online questionnaire of Population and Housing Census 2011. EFVI has started the cooperation with Estonian museums to turn these institutions (inc their programs) accessible for all..

In 2005 – 2007 EFVI was involved in the project of Estonian Information Technology Foundation/ Estonian e-University ”Regionally Accessible Higher Education Through e-Learning Development STEPS. EFVI’s responsibility was to test the accessibility and the usability of selected e-Learning courses provided by different universities of Estonia. In 2005 EFVI has tested 7 e-Learning courses (19,5 credits).

Since 2005 EFVI is a member and the National Contact Centre of EDeAN – European Design for All e-Accessibility Network.

4. Adra Rwanda – Rwanda:

ADRA RWANDA is working in Rwanda since 1978 and focuses its work on the positive change of individuals through community development initiatives targeting specific implementing areas of Education, Health, Economic Empowerment and Relief and Disaster management. The totality of the implementing activities are coordinated with the local district authorities.

ADRA Rwanda will continue for many years to come investing in the potential of individuals through Education, Food Security strategies, promoting Health, establishing Economic Empowerment, and responding to emergencies.

This accomplishment could not be done without the support of the different partners in the Government of Rwanda, The different trusnting donors and the worldwide church. This website provides information about ADRA Rwanda, our activities, programs and our vision to continue serving the Rwandan People.
ADRA Rwanda seeks to identify and address social injustice and deprivation in Rwanda. The agency’s work seeks to improve the quality of life of those in need. ADRA invests in the potential of these individuals through community development initiatives targeting our five Strategic Areas: Education, Food Security, Health, Economic Empowerment, Relief and Disaster Management.

5. Croatian Typhlological Museum (associate partner) – Croatia:

The Typhlological Museum is a specialized museum, and its name comes from the Greek words “typhlos” (blind) and “logos” (narration, speech, thought, reason).

The Museum is a public governmental institution that collects, stores, researches, documents and communicates tangible and non-tangible materials related to people with special needs, with an emphasis on people with visual impairment.

With its activities, the Museum endeavours to introduce the social community to the world of those who are visually impaired and in this way foster harmonious and tolerant relations between people, at the same time respecting the individuality of every person. The Museum is a place in which people with disabilities can participate actively in its activities, and a place which simultaneously enables the social community to become familiar with the lives of disabled persons. It will act as a possible corrective mechanism in society in that with its activities it will stimulate the community to correct and change possible negative perceptions about people with disabilities.
The Museum will realize its goals by communicating with visitors and cooperating with museum institutions, related institutes, organizations, educational facilities – with all those places dealing with disabilities both here and abroad.

The basic goal of the educational process is to make the Typhlological Museum more recognizable, interesting and contemporary. Therefore, what we are trying to do is to improve communication with the community the Museum operates in.
We wish to convey the message of the museum through different activities and achieve our goals and missions in practice so as to inspire social dialogue and support the community through cultural activities. The starting point is learning through experience which blurs sharp distinctions and barriers between education, availability, integration, social inclusiveness as well as museological interpretation. The basic idea we want to convey is the promotion of equal opportunities for all people regardless of sex, age, social status or any other form of difference.

We find inspiration and encouragement for our work in museum collections, the society that surrounds us, the potential and the existing public as well as in different forms of education. The main educational-communicative activities we offer are: direct teaching (lectures, guidance, workshops); information services (replying to inquiries; providing teaching material, bibliographies, notes and instructions for educators, teachers and professors); services regarding museum’s work within the Museum itself (education through exhibitions, publications, travelling exhibitions and events) and finally, services outside the walls of the Museum (travelling exhibitions, video presentations, book lending service).

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Adra Bulgaria

Adra Bulgaria Logo - People holding hands together

 

Südwind Agentur

Sudwind Agentur logo - the word sudwind in red

 

Estonian Foundation for the Visually Impaired

ENIF logo

 

Adra Rwanda

Adra Rwanda logo - People holding hands together

 

Croatian Typhlologic Museum

Link to Croatian Typhlologic Museum homepage