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News: 10 Jun 2021

Masha Gets the Keys to her Freedom!

10 Jun 2021

We are delighted to share the news that Masha has received the keys to her very own apartment, which has been provided to her by local authorities in Mogilev. This is a momentous occasion within CCI’s De-Institutionalisation Programme, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for Masha!

Up until this point, Masha (20 years old) had spent her whole life in an institution.  In Belarus, many teenagers and young people who are trapped in institutions due to their learning disabilities lose their Rights once they turn 18 years of age, resulting in these young adults spending the remainder of their lives in an adult mental asylum.

CCI’s pioneering Life Skills Programme helps residents in Vesnova develop their skills and abilities.  This vital service, delivered in partnership with the Department of Social Protection in Mogilev, helps participants to live an independent life.


Thanks to the Life Skills Programme, Masha has been equipped with the essential skills that have allowed her to retain her Rights, allowing her to live her life independently.  Masha will be supported by the local Day Care Centre and will receive all the help and assistance she needs during this transition period.

This crucial milestone would not have been possible were it not for your support. Masha has been afforded the precious gift of living her life how she chooses, thanks to your generosity.