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Deputy ministry of social welfare reiterates commitment to people with disabilities

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The integration of people with disabilities is one of the foremost goals, said Deputy Minister of Social Welfare Marilena Evangelou on Sunday.

The deputy minister was speaking at an annual event by the Theotokos Foundation with which the social welfare services have developed a close cooperation.

This partnership focuses on addressing the social care needs related to disability, she noted.

Evangelou expressed her admiration for the 28th Panigiri tis Haras (translated as Joy Festival) which took place in the public gardens of Limassol.

She said with the aim to integrate people with disabilities numerous policies and actions are being implemented “to achieve improvements in the quality of life for all citizens”. She reiterated Christodoulides’ government commitment to strive for the further enhancement of living conditions for people with disabilities.

“We place particular emphasis on promoting reforms in the realm of social policy to improve the lives of all citizens,” said the deputy minister.

Theotokos Foundation was founded in 1969 by Dr Amerikos Argyriou. Its establishment has been closely linked and proven pivotal concerning the dignified living, deinstitutionalization, and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities, thus contributing to the comprehensive coverage of their needs and desires, Evangelou said.

She added that the services it provides “serve as proof that voluntary activities complement the role of the state”

During the event, Deputy Minister of Social Welfare Marilena Evagelou donated €1,000 to support the foundation’s work

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