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To support the rehabilitation and empowerment of survivors of wartime sexual violence and trauma in Kosovo.

  • Organisation:

    Dementia Care International

  • ABN or Auspicing Organisation:

    57 062 386 216

  • Scope of Activity:

    International

  • Geographic Location:

    Australia/Kosovo

  • Target Groups:

    Carers
    Mothers
    Prisoners
    Refugees
    Rural / Regional
    Widows
    Aged

Funding Information

  • Total Funding Required (AUD):

    65,000

  • Current Funding (AUD):

    0,00

  • Funding Needed (AUD):

    65,000

  • Tax Deductability Status (DGR):

    No

  • Tax Concession Status (TCC):

    No

  • DGR Additional Information:

    N/A

  • Other Funding Partners:

    nil

Project Information

  • Project Commencement Date:
  • 01 Jan 2019
  • Project Completion Date:
  • 01 Dec 2019
  • What issues are addressed?:
  • 1. Alleviating the trauma stemming from wartime torture and sexual violence
    2. Counteracting social isolation
    3. Re-empowering the victims
    4. Restoring identity and meaningful roles
    5. Diminishing the shame and stigma associated with wartime sexual violence
  • Project Description:
  • This project has been developed to support rehabilitation and empowerment of survivors of wartime sexual violence and trauma in Kosovo.
    Former President Atifete Jahjaga estimates that up to 50,000 women in Kosovo experienced deprivation of liberty and rape as a tool of war in 1999.
    Responding to the former President’s call for support for the victims of wartime sexual violence and trauma in Kosovo at the 2018 Global Women’s Summit, the two leaders of Dementia Care International met with the former President offering their support. They were then connected to the CEO of the Jahjaga Foundation who made the referral to The Kosovo Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims.
    The project aims to raise 2 scholarships for leaders from The Kosovo Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims, Pristina, Kosovo to cover all costs involved in enabling them to travel to Australia and undertake the 3-week international master course in May 2020.
    The aim is to achieve the funding by 31st December 2019
  • Alleviating suffering / disadvantage?:
  • This project is about alleviating the intense trauma and suffering stemming from wartime torture and sexual violence and offering rehabilitation and empowerment of the survivors as well as diminishing the associated shame and stigma.
    The internationally awarded Spark of Life Philosophy developed by Dementia Care International provides healing of deep emotional wounds through interactions based on a profound connection human to human without judgement.
    While this humanistic philosophy was first developed to support people with dementia, in practice it has shown to have universal application.
    By recieving the master course scholarships, the two leaders of the Kosovo Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims, will be supported and equipped with new and specific rehabilitation skills and tools for trauma recovery to bring back to Kosovo in support of the women in their community .
  • Changing Policy, Practices & Systems?:
  • This project is about supporting a local Kosovo based non-government organization that is well established and highly regarded by the government of Kosovo to have an additional set of profound skills to offer an innovative form of trauma recovery, emotional support, rehabilitation and empowerment.
    This project will support 2 leaders from The Kosovo Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims, to not only use this as an addition to their current practice but also bring these skills to the work they are doing with the international community for the prevention of torture at a global level
  • Investing in or empowering women?:
  • This project will have a significant impact on supporting women who were primarily those exposed to the wartime sexual violence and trauma in Kosovo. In addition the majority of those supporting the victims are also women which include the two leaders from The Kosovo Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims who are attending the course.
  • Media / Promotion?:
  • The success stories and outcomes of this project will be shared on the website www.dementiacareinternational.com, through this organization’s newsletter and Facebook, through radio and TV interviews and newspaper articles.The Kosovo Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims will share their success stories in their organisation's media and networks in Kosovo.
  • How is success evaluated / measured?:
  • In collaboration between Dementia Care International and The Kosovo Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims an evaluation process will be developed to determine and describe the specific outcomes drawing on a thorough and practical assessment tool developed by Dementia Care International to specifically measure the outcomes of emotional care and psychological support.

Contact Information

  • Contact Person:

    Hilary Lee

  • Email:

    hilary@dementiacareinternational.com

  • Website:

    Click Here

  • Phone:

    0408946844