Tome lived at the institution in Demir Kapija for 26 years. Thanks to EU project TIMOR (Together for Introduction of More Opportunities and Respect), he has now finally been allowed to move to a group residence. Joining forces with local organisations in North Macedonia, Loza Foundation has managed the TIMOR project and seen it through to fruition.
Watch the documentary that Loza Foundation and the TIMOR project have produced, and find out from Tome how his life has changed.
”By producing this film, we let the disabled people have their say. No one can tell the truth like the people who have actually experienced life on the inside. Their depiction of how amazing it was and how it improved their life to get out of the institutional care and be offered dignified living conditions in a group residence is a solid testimony to the fact that our work really does make a difference, and that TIMOR has been successful”, says Sabina Grubbeson, Secretary-General of Loza Foundation.
In the film, Aneta and Stefan also share their experiences of living in a group residence with support staff. We are given a glimpse of what their life at the institution was like before, and they tell us about the life they have today.
The film is now available on the Loza Foundation website. Please press here to get to the film.
Loza Foundation continues to help the remaining 60 disabled, institutionalised people at the Demir Kapija institution.
”We are talking to the decision-makers in North Macedonia to create dignified living conditions for the individuals who have been left behind, while we are also carrying on with our fundraising to finance a sustainable, long-term change. Our goal is to not leave anyone behind at the institution”, says Sabina Grubbeson.
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