EU Funded Dugopolje Rehabilitation Centre Project Presented

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik/Borivoje Dokler writes, the Split Angels Association, in cooperation with Split-Dalmatia County, organised a presentation of the conceptual design of the Dugopolje rehabilitation centre at the Park Hotel in Split. In the centre, which would span over 58,000 square metres, children and adults with disabilities would come for treatment. There will be educational and rehabilitation workshops, sensory rooms, recreation halls, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as a therapy area with horses, dogs and vegetable gardens. The Dugopolje rehabilitation centre would be the largest of its kind in Croatia’s entire immediate region.

“After twelve years, we finally came to the presentation of the conceptual design of a large Dugopolje rehabilitation centre. We’d like to mention that this a centre for all children and people with disabilities, as well as all those who find themselves in need of rehabilitation at some point in their lives. The development of the conceptual design was financed by Split-Dalmatia County, and now it is up to the government to declare it a project of national importance, in order to apply for EU tenders and finally provide funds for the construction of this oasis,” said Anka Djikic from the Angels Association who was the one to initiate the entire project.

Neighbouring Slovenia already has four such centres

The president of the association, Dijana Anicic, added that neighbouring Slovenia, which is smaller geographically than Croatia, already has four such rehabilitation centres, and Croatia doesn’t have one.

“In this country, there is no systematic care and integration for children and people with disabilities. They can get help through associations or in private institutions, but not in one place. Let’s make that history. Such individuals have the right to a dignified existence, and even a dignified departure, if it comes to that,” concluded Dijana Anicic.

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