Fundația ADV România
Close to You Foundation (ADV) is a non-governmental organisation and a work integration social enterprise, established in February 2002 by Holt International Children’s Service USA, whose mission is the integration of people with disabilities or other vulnerable groups. Its national headquarters is in Iasi and it is registered as a Romanian foundation, independent from state authorities, not conditioned by any certain ideologies, doctrines or religions.
66 HIV-infected abandoned children from 7 counties were integrated into families;
over 2,500 people from vulnerable groups from Iasi, Constanta and Mures counties benefited from social and psychological assistance services;
over 115,524 people have received information about transmission of HIV infection and adopting risk-free behaviours in information campaigns conducted in
27,000 pregnant women from Iaşi, Constanţa and Mureş counties received pre and post HIV testing and other sexually transmitted diseases;
146 HIV-infected children were assisted not to abandon school due to frequent hospitalizations;
over 150 children and young people benefit annually from the Youth Club services, a program that helps them develop their own independent living skills.
10 children infected with HIV received scholarships to go to school;
over 500 young people from vulnerable groups (disabled, placement centers, poor families, behavioral disorders, etc.) participated in summer schools organized by Close to You Foundation in their 16 years of activity on topics such as: health education, trafficking in human beings, career orientation, personal development, entrepreneurship, peer education, etc.
over 1,000 underprivileged youngsters have benefited from one or more services within the UtilDeco social enterprise: Vocational Therapy, Vocational Training and Qualification, Employment.
Close to You Foundation is constantly providing for various types of free social, educational and employment services, resorting to an integrated approach, by applying the one-stop-shop principle.
”Social Entrepreneur Of The Year” Prize granted to Angela Achitei for the establishment of UtilDeco as a social enterprise within Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Programme, the only global entrepreneurial competition taking place in more than 145 cities from 60 countries, covering over 94% of the global economy.
the European Commission published us on its website as a good practice model representative for Romania on the disabled people's protected employment.