COCI Serbia initiated a new project called MY FIRST JOB. Our special educator provides training to special needs individuals to prepare them to apply for regular jobs. This project is run in cooperation with various employers that are ready to employ special needs individuals. The training is well targeted and planned in accordance with specific needs. Training usually lasts about three months. Our first girl to find a job is Slavica. She is now regularly employed at McDonald’s as an assistant worker. McDonald’s has very strict criteria and Slavica’s training was neither simple nor easy.
In addition to the challenge of intensive training, Slavica confronted the problem of separation from her family. She was driven on daily basis from Sopot to Belgrade until we found out that Slavica became more and more tired of travelling. A solution was created by Slavica’s relatives who live in Belgrade and offered for her to stay with them during working days. On the weekends Slavica is more than happy to go to Sopot to see her family.
This story is a small glimpse of how COCI Creates Brighter Futures for some of the Worlds Most Vulnerable Children. Less than 10 years ago, someone like Slavica would have been destined to a life of institutionalization. Amazingly, she is now living a full life making her own unique contribution.
Way to go Slavica! We are proud of you.