A Building for the Disabled
Project location: ITALY, Ciampino
Project start date: June 2005 - Project end date: This project covers various years
Project number: 2005-39
Beneficiary: Associazione Arca Italia ONLUS
Il Chicco in Ciampino is home for 19 disabled people. Some are suffering from Down syndrome, others have serious intellectual disabilities, others are affected by autism, and finally some have Apert syndrome. Some have spastic quadriplegia. They are fully assisted by paid staff (3 nurses; 2 rehab technicians; 1 psychologist; 7 educators; 5 specialized opreators; 11 auxiliary staff; 2 administrative employees; 1 cook; 1 cleaner; 1 medical director; 2 specialized doctors; 1 community leader) together with 5 volunteers who are committed to L’Arche values.
Chicco onlus needs to guarantee security and safety to all the members of the community of “Il Chicco” as follows:
- setting up of a fire alarm;
- restoration of two terraces with waterproofing materials.
Arca, a well-known organization since 1981, has provided care for the mentally disabled people in the community complex of “Il Chicco” in Ciampino (Rome) in self-contained homes called “focolari”. “Focolari” are family sized units within the neighbourhood supporting the concepts of community life.
Volunteers and the mentally disabled share accommodation, meals and services. Occupational therapy is provided to help develop individual creativity.
People entering the communities are those who either do not have a family or come from families which are unable to take care of them.
The first part of the project foresees the creation of a network of fire alarm sensors in all the building of the community “Il Chicco” .
People with mental disabilities live in 3 of these buildings (“Chicco”, “Vigna” and “Ulivo”), in the other buildings there are a daycare center (“Germoglio”) and offices (”Spiga”). The alarm system is optical and acoustic with the possibility to activate a general alarm from each operating system of the above-mentioned buildings. These signals arrive directly to the office where an acoustic and optical signal is activated and is automatically connected to emergency phone numbers.
The other part of the project aims at improving the comfort and facility for assistance of mentally disabled people.
In particular, the Association aims at:
1) Waterproofing of two terraces with Syrfapore continuous membrane component, applicable on the existing floor after a thorough cleaning, grouting, and restoration of the painting on the outer edge of the terrace
2) Demolition, supply and installation of the grid for the collection of water, partial demolition of the walls with plaster and restoring adjacent osmotic painting in color.
3) Demolition, supply and installation of the grid for the collection of water, partial demolition of the walls with plaster and restoring adjacent osmotic painting in color.
The NPF has awarded a grant for this project.