AKVILA, Home for Social Therapy
We built AKVILA home based on the international CAMPHILL movement, where, in accordance with the principles of Anthroposophical Social Therapy, every member of the community brings the best of their abilities in a common life. Here we focus on the human need for relationships and social life, but at the same time we respect the personal autonomy of everyone.
In 2016 a group of proactive parents and professionals gathered together to mobilize a community of people with and without intellectual disabilities , in which everyone could find their favourite activities, work, and destiny.
In Spring of 2018 we established “Home for Social Therapy, NGO”
Since September 29th, 2018 Home for Social Therapy started to operate day center AKVILA
February 13th, 2019 we got license for day care service for people with mental disability.
On the 1st of April 2019 we signed a service providing agreement with Kaunas District Municipality. We also provide social therapy services under a private agreement for people living outside Kaunas district.
At this moment
Currently, Lithuania is undergoing a deinstitutionalization process to move from institutional care to community-based services. We are the only community based institution providing day care center services for adults with intellectual disabilities operating in Kaunas district (outside Kaunas city). Our initiative is welcomed and supported by representatives of the responsible authorities, municipality and families in need of such services.
Our initiative works on a voluntary basis. At present, our community already has 8 villagers and 7 co-workers who create and develop a day in the AKVILA. AKVILA has a license for 17 adults with intellectual / complex disabilities, and will work with 11 co-workers, hopefully volunteering.
Initiative by parents and professionals
We invite to support us
AKVILA House is founded on the initiative of parents and specialists, and all the daily expenses are covered by personal funds. We are carrying out a search for sponsors to help us acquire the necessary tools and equipment for our operations. We are looking for a variety of financial resources that could help buy the house.
World wide movement
“Camphill Movement” started in 1940 In Scotland, the Camphill region, where Karl Koenig and a group of refugees from Europe founded the first Waldorf pedagogical school for children with intellectual disabilities. Later, the initiative expanded to Camphill homes for adults, social workshops, day centers and so on. There are currently about 130 Camphill organizations in the world.
Camphill Northern Region Association (CNRA)
The Camphill Northern Region Association is an organization that unites 18 Camphill communities in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Northern Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. AKVILA since 2019 March is an affiliated member of CNRA.
Anthroposophical Social Therapy has to do with adults who for cognitive, psychological and/or physical reasons have a special need for support. In such cases it offers its help. Social Therapy has as its essential foundation in the anthroposophy of Rudolf Steiner and endeavours to achieve a deeper understanding of man’s being. The starting point for this is the anthroposophical image of a man. It understands every human individual as a person with a healthy, indestructible spiritual essence and whose dignity is inviolable.
FOR AKVILA HOME
“May we feel safe in daily rhythms;
May interest in others creates warm atmosphere in here;
May we nourish ourselves with beauty and art of conversation;
May we meet each others’ needs and fulfill them;
May in free will we care about our body, soul and spirit;
May experiences and learning make us grow;
May consciously we recreate the destinies of ours.”