On March 11th the WHO officially characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. On March 15th a state of emergency was declared in Serbia and KEC was forced to close its doors. It was hard to tell those we serve, those people who depend on our services, that for their own safety and the safety of those around them they needed to stay at home.

With the generous support of the OSCE mission in Belgrade, our great team quickly developed new methods for connecting with our clients and soon after started implementation. During daily online calls, chats or small remote group sessions the counselor, special education teacher, speech therapist, psychologist affirmed to each of our beneficiaries that their fears, anger and distress were valid emotions and helped them cope with them.

We hope that the center will reopen soon but until then KEC is keeping in touch and keeping our friends busy and smiling.

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