Institution for disabled is given extra support during the corona pandemic

The poorest, most vulnerable people in Europa have been hit hard by the current pandemic. Loza Foundation is dedicating extra resources to alleviate the consequences for the residents at the Demir Kapija Institution in North Macedonia. Not only within the framework of the ongoing EU project, but also with additional support activities.

“During the summer, we transferred some of the project resources to finance protective equipment, but the employees at this institution are overworked, exhausted and several are on sick leave. This has forced us to initiate parallel measures to assist them with support staff, reduce the workload and improve the quality of the health care”, says Sabina Grubbeson, founder of Loza Foundation. 

The corona pandemic has been utterly challenging for both the residents and the staff members at Special Institution in Demir Kapija. The TIMOR project funded by EU has an aim of moving the patients with disabilities to more humane community-based living conditions and this is still progressing according to plan, but additional efforts are needed.

”Several of the residents at Special Institution in Demir Kapija are at risk as they have underlying pulmonary diseases and this, in turn, requires new ways of working during the pandemic. The staff members have also got very challenging working conditions, and some have even been signed off sick due to their underlying illnesses.”

The additional support staff that are being recruited are absolutely necessary in order to give the existing personnel some much-needed relief and at the same time, increase the overall quality of the health care provided at Demir Kapija. Loza Foundation has therefore decided to fund three support staff for three months.

“Donating on a monthly basis to Loza Foundation or even a single, one-off gift will help the residents of this institution a great deal and will also help EU-project TIMOR to proceed as planned.”

Read more: EU grant to Loza Foundation – Demir Kapija-residents can finally move out from the institution

Loza Foundation is working for the most vulnerable people in the poorest countries; the hidden, forgotten areas and citizens of Europe. Thanks to kind donations from private individuals as well as companies, Loza can carry out concrete, hands-on projects in the field, where it is most needed.



A brief outline of TIMOR, a project funded by the EU

TIMOR stands for Together for Introduction of More Opportunities and Respect and is supposed to run for a period of three years. Its purpose is to move people with disabilities to more humane conditions in community-based group residences, educate personal health-care assistants and use information about people with disabilities to increase general awareness in society, which will help to prevent prejudice and opposition.


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