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Motivation Calendar 2021

In the calendar below there are training activities for an independent life, participation to national sporting events, mobility and health caravans and regional advocacy training events.

Because we value the health of our beneficiaries and employees, we have planned the gradual resumption of wheelchair donations and home visits. We hope that during the course of the year to return to activities that pertain to organizing seminars, courses or active recovery sessions, while still being rigorous in implementing health protection rules.

Advocacy for community access to wheelchair users

Abilities matter! Disabled people can be active and independent in a community, in an accessible environment – both when it comes to architecture, as well as attitudes and information.

An inclusive community functions better embracing diversity, putting together the abilities and competencies of each and every member of the community.

This year we launched the “Advocacy for community access to wheelchair users”, implemented by the Motivation Romania Foundation in partnership with the Segoia Association, with financial support from the Active Citizens Fund Romania, financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through SEE Grants 2014-2021.

The goal of this project is helping the social inclusion of disabled people through improving the mobility and health of wheelchair users. As part of the project, we support disabled people in promoting their rights and abilities and we are starting advocacy actions on both a local and nation level. We wish to reach as many areas in the country, so wheelchair users can learn abilities that will help with their social inclusion.

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The Active Citizens Fund Romania programme is funded through the EEA Grants 2014-2021. The overall objective of the Grants is to reduce economic and social disparities, and to strengthen bilateral relations between 15 beneficiary countries and the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The programme is administered by a consortium composed of
Civil Society Development Foundation, Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation, Resource Center for Roma Communities, PACT Foundation and Frivillighet Norge, acting as Fund Operator designated by FMO – Financial Mechanism Office of the EEA and Norway Grants.

The objectives of the Active Citizens Fund Romania are to strengthen civil society and active citizenship and to empower vulnerable groups. With a total allocation of 46,000,000 euro, the programme pursues a long-term development of the civil society sector sustainability and capacity, stepping up its role in promoting democratic participation, active citizenship and human rights, while strengthening bilateral relations with organizations from the Donor States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. For more information about the Active Citizens Fund in Romania, please go to www.activecitizensfund.ro. For more information about the EEA and Norway Grants, go to www.eeagrants.org.

Inclusion through sports for children with developmental disabilities from six countries

Children with intellectual disabilities (ID) will improve their cognitive, social and motor abilities by participating in sports activities and team games among youth and children without ID, as part of a three years European project, managed by Motivation Romania Foundation.

Starting from January 2021 to December 2023, we will work together with Special Olympics Romania, SO Iceland, SO Slovakia, SO Lithuania, SO Bosnia and Herzegovina, SO Montenegro, SO Europe Eurasia Foundation and the University of Poznan, in order to facilitate inclusion in the community for children with intellectual disabilities, with the help of unified sports activities that will also be joined by children without intellectual disabilities. Also, it is important to help family members of those with ID in gaining back the trust in their childrens’ abilities.

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“Inclusion through sports for children with developmental disabilities” benefits from of a € 1.195.000 grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation. The aim of the project is to support children with intellectual disabilities and their social inclusion, by encouraging sports practices and participating in sports games among children without intellectual disabilities.

About EEA and Norway Grants

The EEA and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014.

For the period 2014-2021, the EEA and Norway Grants amount to €2.8 billion.

#TeamMotivation supports the active and independent life of wheelchair users

#TeamMotivation is a community of 250 people and counting! We believe in the cause we support and are passionate about taking part in sporting events. Even if the context of the pandemic meant that most such events were cancelled, we were able to find ways to participate, for the first time, at the biggest virtual running event in Romania, the Raiffeisen Bucharest Marathon.

We hope to be more active this year and to present Motivation’s cause in as many sporting events as possible.

During the course of this year, we will keep you up to date with any events that are organized and for which we will carefully analyze if #TeamMotivation participating provides safe condition for protecting our health.

If you want to be part of the most enthusiastic sports team, you can complete the form here, write to use at comunicare@motivation.ro or access Motivation Romania’s Galantom page.

Come join us in #TeamMotivation so we can run or cycle together in the orange T-shirt!

The event calendar:

Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca – 10 – 11 april 2021 – physical anniversary edition (the 10th edition of the event)

Galați Semimarathon 

Bikeathon Țara Făgărașului

Semimaratonul Bucuriei

Maratonul Internațional Raiffeisen Bank București – 9 – 10 octobre 2021

Young adults with IMPACT

The activities that we organize for the young people in the IMPACT program have been adapted during the course of the pandemic in order to protect their health, as well as that of the staff taking care of them.

This year too we will involve them in activities related to the consolidation of personal autonomy skills, gardening, sewing, DIY, painting, creating decorative objects or furniture in the carpentry workshop. For all of these, we apply strict health protection measures and small work groups.

Alongside our objective to protect their health, we want to contribute to improving their quality of life by continuing activities that bring cognitive, socio-affective and behavioral improvements.

Daily afternoon scheduleGroup activities in the Day Center: sports, manufacturing trinkets/decorations (for the 1st March, Easter or Christmas), decorative objects for the house and garden, cooking activities, psychodrama.
Daily scheduleCarpentry workshop: we create objects out of pallets or recondition furniture. Sewing workshop: we create protective masks, modify clothing.

#EnAbleParking? Campaign

In the 3 years since it has been implemented, the message of #EnAbleParking? Campaign to free up abusively occupied disabled parking spots has reached over 830 dedicated parking spots, in 127 cities in Romania.
On the Romanian roads there are over 7800* vehicles adapted for drivers and passengers with disabilities.

#EnAbleParking? is a public awareness campaign about the importance of freeing up disabled parking spots that are abusively occupied. We hope that, in time, our message will be present in as many parking spots offered by stores, commercial centers, public parking lots (and not only) as possible, and that drivers without any disabilities will free up the spots not meant for them and encourage others to follow their example.

If you want to support us in promoting this message, here is how you can do it:
– Free up parking spots meant for people with disabilities if you do not have a disability of your own, and spread the news to your friends and family;
– Put the #EnAbleParking? sticker on your car – you can find the one for people with disabilities here, and the one for people without disabilities here;
– Share the #EnAbleParking? flier, in which we share the reasons why the dedicated spots have to be free;

All you need to do is write to us at comunicare@motivation.ro and we’ll contact you to offer you the sticker or #EnAbleParking? fliers.

*The number is offered by the Romanian Auto Registry for the January 2012 – June 2020 interval.

The SMS donation campaign

A wheelchair can be compared to a pair of shoes that needs to properly fit the person that’s wearing them, and the context in which they’re worn.

Annually, in Romania, thousands of disabled people receive wheelchairs not fit for them, which can cause physical pain. Often, this is a danger to the users’ health.

Over 25 800 people with disabilities are enjoying a more free and independent life with the help of wheelchairs adapted to their needs and active recovery services offered by Motivation Romania in over 25 years of dedicated services.

In September 2019 we launched the SMS donation campaign, in order to bring together with us as many advocates for the rights of children and adults alike, regardless of disability, to have an active and fulfilling life with help of a wheelchair.

There are shoes that take you a long way. So are wheelchairs!
With every 50 SMS messages sent, together we can change for the better the life of a disabled person.

Join our initiative: text ACTIV at 8844 and contribute with 2 euros/month to giving mobility back to disabled people through wheelchairs adapted to their needs.

The more recurring SMS messages, the more lives changed for the better!

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