Valožyn without barriers: Increasing Local Capacities for Provision of Social and Recreational Services for People with Disabilities

About of project:

Project Period: 01.10.2015 – 30.09.2018

Budget: € 1,111,000; EU contribution – € 999,990 (90%)

Implementing Agency: Valožyn District Executive Committee (leading Project implementation partner), Belarusian Society of the Handicapped (NGO), Country Escape (NGO), Interakcia Local Foundation for Development of International Dialogue and Cooperation

Location: Valožyn and Valožyn District, Minsk Region


Owing to the Project, Valožyn will become a launching platform to barrier-free development of tourism. The first Belarusian tourist center and a hostel for people with disabilities will be built in the city, and a special path will be created in Naliboki Forest (Nalibokskaja pušča).

Goals and Objectives: Based on joint efforts of the District Executive Committee, non-governmental organizations and the tourism sector, facilitate social integration of people with disabilities and make tourist services available for everyone.

Intermediate Outcomes: The project presentation was held in Valožyn in December 2015; it was attended by the Valožyn District farm owners and representatives of the Belarusian tourism business interested in developing tourism for people with disabilities. In February, based on the Valožyn case, volunteers were trained to assess the accessibility of the urban environment for people with disabilities. The participants – farm owners, representatives of authorities and NGOs and journalists, along with the experts from the Belarusian Society of Disabled People – applied the acquired skills to assess accessibility for people with disabilities of 300 infrastructure facilities, including building entrances, ramps, entrance halls, sanitary facilities, accessway, parking lots, etc in institutions and  18 farmsteads in Valožyn and Valožyn District. Up to 30 social facilities offering social and recreational services will be adapted for the needs of people with disabilities, based on the findings of the monitoring exercise.

Bus for transportation people with disabilities who live in back lands of Valožyn District have beeb bought in November 2016. 

On summer 2017, an environmental trail through Nalibokskaya pusha for disable people will be constructed. A tourist information and recreational center for people with disabilities will open in 2018. The center will consist of: a hostel for 20 guests, a conference hall with equipment for people with visual and hearing impairments, an information point. The tourist information and recreation center will open on the same day with Social Integration Festival, which is expected to be attended by around 1000 people.

Points of Contact: 

Iryna Ivanova (Interakcia Foundation), Project Manager,

+375 17 334 24 76, +375 25 983 29 59,

Sviatlana Paddubnaya (Interakcia Foundation), Communications Manager, 

+375 29 383 59 83,