Program Builds “Community Connections” Between CHSC and Belarus

The Community Connections Program brings multiple groups of young professionals from Belarus to the United States each year to strengthen the professional capacity and skillsets of activists and emerging leaders in a country that is still facing obstacles following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. It is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and coordinated by World Learning in partnership, locally, with the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. This year’s theme was “Advocating for People with Disabilities through Implementing Local Initiatives.”

On Monday, August 5, 2019, CHSC and the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing were proud to host the group for a shared discussion of successful strategies to further empower and educate those in need, particularly those in the deaf community. 

CHSC Executive Director, Dr. Jennell Vick reacted to the visit stating, “Despite major cultural and communication differences, we quickly realized that we all shared a common language of compassion for those whose lives are impacted by communication disorders. We are so grateful for the opportunity to connect with and learn from our friends from Belarus!”