Funding period 2009-2014

The EEA and Norway Grants fund a number of projects in Cyprus related to social development, environment and climate change, civil society, cultural heritage and research.

The physical division of Cyprus influences the priorities of the Grants. Close to one-third of the funding is earmarked for bi-communal projects. Efforts focus on facilitating dialogue between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.

Through the EEA and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to reducing disparities in Europe and to strengthening bilateral relations with 15 countries in Central and Southern Europe. Funding worth €1.79 billion has been set aside for 2009 to 2014. Norway provides 97% of the funding. Key areas of support include environment and climate change, civil society, human and social development, cultural heritage, research and scholarships, decent work and justice and home affairs.

 

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Overview of individual projects:

The Amiantos asbestos mine closed down in 1988 is located within a Natura 2000 site in the Troodos National Forest Park. Rehabilitation of the area started in 1996 and is estimated to take up to 40 years. Reforesting the site and revitalising the area is needed to make this part of the National Park less hazardous for the local population to live in (now close to an open pitch Asbestos mine) and more attractive for tourists to visit. The project will contribute to halting the loss of biodiversity at the site by improving mine restoration and management practices.

Main Objective:  to facilitate education and research, build programmes and organise events that will create awareness of the cultural diversity, promote intercultural dialogue, built a platform for conflict resolution and thus contribute towards the efforts of building peace and reconciliation. The implementation of the project is also expected to contribute to the revitalisation of the deserted Emrou street, create job opportunities and enhance the tourist product of Cyprus and of Nicosia in particular, thus making a contribution towards economic prosperity. The Centre opened in September 2014.

The aim of the project is to develop the infrastructure (buildings’ demolition, renovation and construction, and purchase of equipment) of Nea Eleousa Institution for people with severe mental disabilities and multiple physical disabilities, in order to transform it into a Day Care Centre and to enhance the capacity of the staff to provide the appropriate services το children and youth with multiple disabilities (mental, cognitive, social).

The project aims to ensure the sustainability of the H4C which shall contribute to the bridge building between the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus.

The overall objective is to improve public health and reduce health inequalities. This will be achieved by the establishment of a National Translational Facility in Cyprus that will investigate biological samples from common and rare diseases such as cancer and neurological disorders, to identify biomarkers for early detection and diagnosis and to use better targeted therapeutic approaches.  As a result, the project will contribute to the prevention of the pre-mentioned diseases, to combating social exclusion of patients, while more targeted therapeutic approaches will be used for patient treatment improving their quality of life.  The project will strengthen the on-going collaboration between scientists, doctors and NGOs between the Greek and Turkish communities aiming at strengthening international cooperation in this area.

The project aims at improving public health and reducing health inequalities between user groups. This will be accomplished through the closing of the communication gap between the two groups (Turkish-Cypriots and Greek-Cypriots), the provision of increased access to registry services and through upgrading the infrastructure and operating capacity of the Cyprus Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

The project aims to protect society from fianncial crime, by increasing citizen security through improvement of the capacity and efficiency of cooperation between law enforcement authorities and Financial Intelligence Units (FIU) in the Donor states and Cyprus and at international level, in order to prevent and combat cross-border and organised crime and in particular money laundering and terrorist financing.

The construction of the first purpose-built shelter will offer increased and improved standards for accommodation, security and other supporting services to people who experience physical and psychological abuse and who are in danger from their imemdiate family environment.

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Overview of NGO projects:

The project aims to deal with manifestations of such behaviour from a historical and a contemporary perspective through a mixed-method which at the same time analyses the legal framework of such manifestations and proposes amendments and policy suggestions.

This project aims to build the capacity of local civil society in both mapping activity, training courses, networking events and the creation if a Code of Conduct.

The project intends to raise awareness on the importance of public spaces in developing socially sustainable cities through bottom-up initiatives that endorse participatory democracy. The project acts as a tool in regenerating urban public spaces in Cyprus through which a series of events, activities, workshops and research will take place.

In the present environment of globalization, increased competition and economic crises, the idea of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) becomes increasingly important. The main objective of the project is to embed the principles of CSR in the day-to-day activities of NGOs.

OURANIO TOXO II comes as a response to the ever increasing demand for working and unemployed parents to find suitable day care services for toddlers, but also child care for after school hours. The project seeks to provide enabling environments for low-income families to maintaining jobs and a family, but also to minimize the risk for social exclusion.

The key objective of this project is to assist youth to become more aware of the many challenges in setting up and running a successful business and the ways to overcome them.

Through promotion of educational and training services, the project aims at prevention of domestic violence by educating people at early stages of their lives. By having the activities of the project completed, the adolescent population and school counsellors will gain knowledge and increase their awareness concerning the issues of building healthy relationships.

The project promotes democratic values and human rights—freedom of thought, expression and anti-discrimination—through the design and implementation of an arts educational programme addressing the needs and problems of the local community. It focuses on a multicultural area with families of diverse income, creating a link between Point Centre for Contemporary Art (www.pointcentre.org), and the near-by Eleneio: a historic municipal primary school, battling poverty, xenophobia, and diminishing enrolments, in an area of increasing gentrification and social inequality.

It has been well documented that severe disease and hospitalisation in the ICU may have negative biopsychosocial consequences not only for the patient, but also for their families; causing the need for psychological intervention. Recognising these needs, the ICF has decided to extend its psychological intervention programme, for underage family members who cannot visit the patient.

Loss of biodiversity is one of the most important environmental problems today. Biodiversity mostly concentrates in specific habitats and sites that can be protected. These habitats are important parts of our ecosystems which provide us with services without which life wouldn’t be possible. The most important sites for birds worldwide have been recognized by BirdLife International as Important Bird Areas (IBAs). This network will help protect those important sites through monitoring, taking action and raising awareness. BirdLife Cyprus aims to attract and motivate active citizens or groups with an enthusiasm in protecting nature and provide them with necessary materials, essential information and training.

The project aims at increasing the quality of lives of children, adolescents and young adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) through the provision of rehabilitation counseling services (Medical, Training/Exercising, Psychological, and Vocational) for children with Congenital Heart Disease.

This project addresses a weakness of previous negotiations rounds for the solution of the Cyprus problem: The lack of mobilisation of social actors. The main objective of this bi-communal project is to encourage the democratic participation of social actors in the process by providing space to them to intervene collectively and in a structured manner in the course of ongoing negotiations through a formation of network to be engaged in thematic discussions on economic and social cohesion leading to the adoption of thematic memoranda.

The project’s objective is to promote the sexual rights of teens through implementation of mandatory human rights based Comprehensice Sexuality Education (CSE) in middle schools in Cyprus. Beneficiaries are both teachers, who will become equipped to teach CSE in class, and teens, who will be able to develop their skills and acquire knowledge around sexual health and rights.

The objective of the project is to develop and provide psychosocial services to the detainees of the Menogia Detention Centre. Through the provision of the basic welfare services, the well-being of the detainees of the MDC shall be improved whilst basic human rights of the detainees shall be respected and promoted, as set by the several national and international regulations, guidelines and recommendations.

The Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends is an NGO dedicated in the fight against cancer and improving and safeguarding the quality of life of cancer patients and their families. One of our services is to offer end-of-life palliative care services at home. The project will provide a pilot 24 hours service in Nicosia beyond the exiting office hours, as at the moment no other entity offers this service, while both the Hospice and the Oncology Centres are overcrowded. This service will provide the security to patients and their families especially during the late hours when they need it the most. That would encourage more patients to receive home care; with serious financial benefits both for patients and the health associations.

The EMBRACING project is a direct service and policy advocacy action for women trafficked for sexual exploitation. The project aims to enhance the competence and capacity of professionals and volunteers of the Women’s Socialist Movement and STIGMA, who are providing assistance and support services to victims of trafficking.

The project aims to establish an optimal environment for supporting breastfeeding with the cooperation of key stakeholders. The project aims to identify the social, economic, cultural and other determinants of breastfeeding practices among women in Cyprus through research. Based on the results and with the co-operation of key stakeholders educational activities, an awareness campaign will be organized tackling the areas of weakness.

Cans for Kids (C4K) will mentor Cyprus Green Action Group (CGAG) so that TOGETHER WE CAN recycle more used beverage cans (UBCs) for a cleaner Cyprus. This will save tons of UBCs from polluting landfills and reduce Cyprus’ carbon footprint:  Recycling an aluminum can saves 96% of the energy used to make a new one.

Green Routes aim to improve the social and environmental standard of the school in this particular area of Kaimakli, next to the Green Line and although centrally in Nicosia, isolated and neglected. The aim of this project is to create spaces to be used by children and adults alike during their free time. This will benefit the whole of the community and promote social inclusion. It is also an action for the good bioclimatic of the main building and against climate change as more than a hundred trees will be planted.

The objective of the project is to diminish the number of victims of sexual and work exploitation in Cyprus and improve their living conditions and to help them. Moreover, the project aims to help the victims become independent, be able to face the future in a positive way and to believe that the poverty and misery which led them to be trapped by their traffickers is a thing of the past. Experience has taught us that each victim is a special case and the appropriate solution should be found for each individual case. The project will address these challenges mainly with the creation of the Workshop which will provide work therapy through group activities, English lessons, Greek lessons, computer lessons, cooking lessons etc., but also through individual activities according to the needs and interests of each victim.