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International humanitarian assistance

June 2010

The International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance (ITF), a donation-funded international humanitarian organisation, and the Together Foundation are headquartered in Slovenia. The ITF and its projects help to eliminate the dangers of mines, rehabilitate victims, keep populations informed about the dangers which abound in post-conflict periods, and most importantly, both organisations help the most helpless and needy of all – the children.

International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance

Photo: Človekoljubno dobrodelno društvo UP, Jesenice

A.M., male, age 14 - Right hand amputated above wrist

A functional right-forearm mechanical prosthesis was made for him. He learned to use it through a work therapy programme. At the end he was able to use his arm and prosthesis to perform everyday two-handed activities, and he is able to use the prosthesis to grasp objects and hold them in order to perform other activities.

A.T., female, age 6 - Right leg amputated at shin

This girl came to our institute with no prosthesis, walking short distances on crutches. We made her a below-the-knee skeletal prosthesis; she has learned to walk with the prosthesis and crutches on level ground and on stairs, and learned how to attach the prosthesis herself.

A. N. M., male, age 13 - Left arm amputated at upper arm

This boy lost his left arm in an explosion, and required amputation above the elbow. We made him a functional upper-arm mechanical prosthesis. He has learned to use the prosthesis to perform everyday activities through a work therapy programme.

These are stories of children from Gaza, who instead of a carefree childhood of play experienced tragic accidents resulting from conflict. They receive assistance for their rehabilitation from the International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance (ITF).

The Together Foundation

For many children their childhood ends too soon with the loss of their parents, and many have no childhood to speak of owing to various military conflicts, while others’ lives are affected by disease, psychosocial difficulties and disturbances, or disabilities, or are forced to live as refugees. These children receive assistance from the Together Foundation Regional Center for the Psychosocial Well-Being of Children.

The founding and operation of the Together Foundation depend greatly on the desire of the Slovenian government to contribute to the psychosocial well-being of children, families and communities in areas of former Yugoslavia, and thus also to coexistence and stability. It was established in February 2002 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, the City Municipality of Ljubljana and Slovene Philanthropy.