As per local statistics, out of 500 thousand of local infant population in the capital,
9200 are registered in the Infant Psycho-Neurological clinic. This "squad" of
kids is at the moment entirely isolated from the other people due to public neglect. In
new economic environment they comprise the most vulnerable public layer, and the majority
of them are orphans, though their parents are alive. In order to socially and legally
protect these children "Goncha" non-government organization was established.
Operating since 1998 on the basis of the Infant Psycho-Neurological Clinic, this public
organization takes care of kids, suffering psychologically and physically. Within the past
two years with support of "Goncha" staff, children in the clinic get free
medicines, provided by "UMCOR" humanitarian program. Also, necessary video- and
audio facilities, gym facilities, a computer etc. were purchased with support of TACIS,
UNICEF and "UNOCAL" company. The Embassy of Turkey in Azerbaijan has undertaken
the entire refurbishment and maintenance of the clinic premises.
It is worthwhile mentioning that parents of patients, some of who are experts in
psychosocial rehabilitation, have founded "Goncha". In order to develop
awareness of parents of social, legal and medical aspects "Goncha" will conduct
series of training sessions. The second task of the NGO is to prepare kids before they
enter schools as well as to conduct the psychotherapy courses and to establish a special
orphan class in schools. Through submission of the state program "Save the
orphans", "Goncha" plans to compile data on each family, which refused from
the child. Only after a careful and thorough study of reasons of this phenomenon the
opportunity of preventing it arises. As per the NGO' s statistics, 13 families did so only
during the last year.
Looking forward to successful implementation of stated objectives "Concha"
hopes to draw the interest of local mass media to the problem of children with
For contacts please apply to the Board Chairperson Ms.Hayat Gulakhmedova. Our telephone
numbers are: 391183 and 380435.