A new Social Support Centre has opened up in the Usbek capital Tashkent on June 28, providing hope and unexpected opportunities for former prisoners, people living with an HIV infection, and other vulnerable men and women. The centre has become reality thanks to the new EU-funded project “Returning PATH: Promoting Access To basic Human rights for vulnerable women and men”.
The two-year project will be implemented by the German Adult Education Association (DVV International) and will cover at least 1.200 vulnerable women and men – ex-prisoners, people addicted to illicit drugs, people living with HIVinfection and TB-patients, and others from Tashkent and the Tashkent region. The center will provide psychological and legal support, as well as vocational training. Potential stakeholders are representatives of state bodies, local self-government bodies, NGOs, Media, and specialists working with vulnerable populations.
In general, the project appeals to organisations interested not only in promoting a tolerant attitude towards ex-prisoners, people addicted to illicit drugs, people living with HIV-infection and TB-patients, but also in assisting them in restoring their social relationships, supporting when looking for a job and forming a sustainable motivation in reintegrating these groups to the society.