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“IGELDA: Young people and disability in “HIGH IRPINIA”

Social Inclusion and Respect for Disability are the underlying principles of the “IGELDA: Young People and Disability in High Ireland” project, promoted by Intra: Cooperativa Sociale Onlus in partnership with the “Officina Solidale Onlus” Foundation.

The project is funded by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers – Department of Youth and National Civil Service and gives the possibility to 30 young people aged 18 to 35 years of the territory of Upper Irpinia to work in the social; Among these are also 20 disabled people from the area who will be able to choose the various laboratory alternatives planned in this project so as to put in place their skills and express their personality through art and manufacture.

This is a project conceived for a clear goal: to give new opportunities to people with disabilities to allow them to feel part of the society they live in, creating opportunities for social work inclusion.

All this becomes even more important in a territory such as the High Irpinia, characterized by small inhabited centers where it often does not give too much weight to serious problems such as social exclusion that affects especially the weakest people.

However, this proposal will still have an impact on indirect recipients: families, local populations, associations and realities involved.

“The idea promoted by the Cooperative” Intra “– declares Rosanna Repole, Mayor of Sant’Angelo dei Lombardi, as well as President of the Solidal Office Onlus Officina – to realize a social inclusion project linked to the wider project” Young for Social “ Provides two workshops: a creative and integration for the disabled and the other for the creation of a Museum of Peasant Civilization, was fully shared by the Solidale Officina Onlus Foundation. We have good relations with the Intra Cooperative and we are therefore pleased to attend for the good performance of this project. My wish is that this initiative can be realized concretely and last in time so that young people can be protagonists and create new opportunities for the future. ”

The IGELDA project is based on two laboratory proposals, which will be open to people with disabilities, and will have the goal of achieving a result that is not end to itself, but lastingly, with the involvement of citizenship and possibly other associations that deal with it Of social.

Great enthusiasm also from the “Jade” Disabled Parent Association volunteering, who accompany their children at the Jade Integration Center to give them hope of social inclusion. “This Center is a point of reference for our children,” the parents say, “we want them to continue to live and grow because without it we, but especially our kids would feel lost. We are absolutely happy to work together for the good performance of this project through all that is in our chances because we and our children need new stimuli. ”

The two activities are:

Production of objects dedicated to the territory (clay artifacts, various materials with reproduction of the territory). Clay processing has been a useful tool to facilitate the manipulative aspects of the disabled, to start an effective socialization process. At the same time, these skills can be geared towards the realization of the artifacts to be achieved by being able to enter the market.

Realization of a Museum of Peasant Civilization with the cataloging of various materials, from agricultural tools, to clothing, to any kind of documentary material that reveals the history and memory of the territory. The place where the museum will be set up will be the Castle of Sant’Angelo dei Lombardi, granted by the municipal administration.

The implementation of the project will seek to ensure:

– the integration of individuals with particular socialization difficulties and outside the school world and the labor market;

– the opportunity to offer a cultural and artistic training offer to young people and young adults with disabilities;

– careful and realistic analysis of the topic of disability in the context of reference;

– the right conditions for a proper, real and attentive synergy with Schools, Territorial Associations and Local Institutions.

What will be accomplished, from clay objects, to the Museum will have the goal of expanding outside of Irpinia, and will interest and intrigue an ever-wider target.

The wish is that all efforts can be made to build together with the disabled a new training path to be able to spend in society and possibly give them the opportunity to become part of a wider socio-economic circuit; A key element in helping to strengthen self-esteem and build personality and dignity.


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