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EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD AND PARTNERSHIP INSTRUMENT
2007-2013 CROSS BORDER COOPERATION PROGRAMME

LATVIA-LITHUANIA-BELARUS
FITS – Strategy for Fostering Social Inclusion and Mutual Cohesion of Visually Impaired People through Sports

Short title: FITS – Fostering Inclusion through Sports


PRIORITY 1: PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Measure 1.5: Strengthening of social-cultural networking and community development

Beneficiary: Sports Club of the Blind and Visually Handicapped in Vilnius "Šaltinis" (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Partners: Belarus Association of the Visually Handicapped (Minsk, Belarus)

Associates: Lithuanian Goalball Judges Association (Vilnius, Lithuania), Vilnius City A.Jonynas Boarding School Sports Club “Sarunas” (Vilnius, Lithuania), Panevezys Sports Club of the Visually Impaired “Sviesa” (Panevezys, Lithuania), Federation of Physical Culture and Sport " BelTIZ” (Minsk, Belarus), Paralympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk, Belarus)

PROBLEM: Social inclusion is a notable problem all around the world, demanding huge financial and human resources. The social exclusion of the visually impaired people is the common problem in Belarus and Lithuania. The tight collaboration between the two countries in fighting social exclusion through sports is the core solution to this problem. Cooperation between Belarusian and Lithuanian NGOs through creation of joint sports events and exchange of good practice will combat the social exclusion of people with special needs and will foster mutual cohesion and collaboration of people.

OBJECTIVE: To contribute to combating social exclusion of the visually impaired people, by fostering their mutual cooperation through sports in Programme regions of Lithuania and Belarus and raising the consciousness of society upon this issue.


 

RESULTS&OUTPUTS: Lithuanian and Belarusian organisations of the disabled exhanged experience and training methods in goalball, swimming, chess and other fields of sports.

2 sports halls were renewed and fully adapted to the needs of visually impaired people in Vilnius and Minsk. A swimming pool in Vilnius was also renovated.

Sports games of the visually impaired were organised in Vilnius. Training camps were held in Lithuania and Belarus.

The website of the project www.saltinis.org was developed in Lithuanian, Russian and English with the aim to further inform society about the sports of the visually impaired.

Project number: LLB-2-163
Grant Contract number: 1VL-1009
Total budget: 215 260,90 
EU contribution: 193 730,90
Implementation period: 18 months (12.2012-06.2014)
Contact:

Raimundas Šimkus
Labdari┼│ str. 7/11 - 27, LT-01120, Vilnius, Lithuania
+370 675 40313, fax: +370 5 2625090;
e-mail: saltinis@lass.lt

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