International Day of Persons with Disabilities

On the 3rd of December, we celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Persons with disabilities are among the hardest hit by COVID-19, which is why disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights, sustainable development, peace and security and it is central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind.

As 80% of the total of one billion persons with disabilities live in developing countries, HOPE’87 has set itself the goal to promote social inclusivity among young people, such as is the case in our projects in the Republic of Moldova.

The Republic of Moldova is among the poorest countries in Europe, whose population only shows very low resilience when external events occur. The global crisis of COVID-19 has deepened pre-existing inequalities of people, whose livelihoods could already be described as precarious before the pandemic. People with disabilities are one of the most excluded and most vulnerable groups in society, highlighting that work on disability inclusion is imperative in order that persons with special needs are not left behind.

The HOPE’87 project “Equal opportunities in sport”, which is supervised by our Country Representative of HOPE’87-RoM/SPERANTA’87 Dr Luminita Drumea, has the objective to improve social inclusion for people with disabilities living in Moldova.

As especially children with disabilities often feel as a burden to society, particularly in the countryside, HOPE’87-Moldova implements activities with the purpose of permanently involving children and young people with disabilities in social life. The children with disabilities that participated in these sports events were motivated to train in their beloved sports and to prepare themselves for the Moldovan Paralympic Team. The project is fully supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research of the Republic of Moldova and the National Commission of the Republic of Moldova for UNESCO.