PEMA is a non-governmental organisation working hand in hand with national and local authorities, as well as local institutions and other organisations to provide community based social services to children with disabilities and neglected children. PEMA reaches some of the most vulnerable children in Kosovo.
PEMA’s vision is for all children with disabilities and special needs to have access to high quality, specialised services and to be fully integrated into society.
Case Study – Valbona, Peja Day Care Centre
Valbona was born with cerebral palsy and had severe mobility and language impairments. Until the age of seven she spent much of her life confined to the fourth floor flat she lived in with her parents. Since Valbona has been attending the day care centre in Peja, her ability to socialise with other children and her self-esteem have improved. Through the centre Valbona has seen a physiotherapist, improving her mobility, helping her to walk and giving her greater independence. She participates actively in activities and says, “I cannot wait to come to the centre. I am very happy to come here because I play a lot of games and activities”. These changes to her life would not have been possible without the services provided at the day care centres.