PEMA works through day care centres located in Ferizaj, Gjilan, Peja and Prizren to provide essential community based services for children with disabilities and other vulnerable children, as well as respite and support to their families.

Each centre is child-friendly and accessible, providing a safe environment for individual and group work in well-equipped spaces including a multi-sensory room and outdoor play area.

Our team in the centres are trained to run a multitude of activities tailored to each child’s needs, from occupational to sensory therapy, art therapy and physical therapy. Referrals systems were put in place with local institutions to ensure that children’s needs are addressed by the relevant institutions, including the day care centres. Children are referred to the centres through schools, family health centres, and other non-governmental organisation in Kosovo.

PEMA staff have taken part in numerous professional trainings led by international and national trainers to ensure that they have the skills and knowledge to work with children with disabilities and special needs. PEMA and their staff were licensed as a social service providers by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare in 2015.

Working holistically is central to PEMA’s vision. The services in the centres also provide respite to the parents. Parent Support Groups take place regularly to provide the parents with practical information on their child’s disability and create a space where they can speak openly and freely and learn from each other.“Coming to the centre has helped me see that my son isn’t the problem – my anxiety made him more fearful, affecting his ability to interact with others.” Vjosa’s child attends the Gjilan day care centre.