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Last updated: December 16, 2021

December 8, 2021

Elena Lavrenchuk, head of the day care and assisted living unit for people with disabilities of Luninets territorial social service center, located in the Brest region of Belarus, took part in the USAID Community Connections exchange visitor program in 2019. She spent three weeks in Cleveland, Ohio learning the American best practices of involving people with disabilities in the life of local communities.

December 8, 2021

Many parents have to grapple with children's lies, theft, aggressiveness, hyperactivity or excessive shyness, and they do not always understand how to cope with such difficulties. Olga Matukohva and her team implemented Mentorships for Adoptive and Foster Parents project, which provided effective support to foster parents, adoptive parents, and their children.

August 30, 2021

According to the statistics of 2019, 800 families raise children with autism in the Brest region, located in the southwest of Belarus. Several years ago, not all autistic kids had an opportunity to receive an education at school and preschool. Many of them could not attend educational institutions due to the lack of tutors who would support them in the classroom. In Belarus, the law entitles autistic children to have an assistant (tutor) at school, but there were no training programs nor methodological support for tutors. 

August 3, 2021

Natalia Dubeshko, Head of the Department of Preschool Education and Technology at Baranovichi State University (BarSU), took part in the USAID Community Connections visitor exchange program "Teacher Preparation for Inclusive Education" in 2018. Natalia and her colleagues explored the American experience of implementing inclusion practices in Des Moines, Iowa. Based on this exchange of experiences, they created and led 'University for Children', an educational center at BarSU. Here students receive hands-on training to support children with disabilities in their educational journey.   

June 8, 2021

In 2014, Yulia Shpakovskaya, as the head of Smorgon social service center "Warm House," took part in the Community Connections exchange program on the theme of “Domestic Violence Prevention”. Yulia and nine other Belarusian professionals spent three weeks in St. Louis, Missouri, exploring best American practices to prevent violence. Today, Yulia continues her professional career as the Deputy Head of the Young Women Christian Association Smorgon, implementing several projects to promote gender equality, prevent domestic violence, and support victims of domestic violence.  

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