Dianova has been selected by the Directorate-General Justice of the European Commission as a member of the Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSF) for the period 2013-2014. During this two-year period, Dianova will join other NGOs on this platform of exchanges of views and information between the European Commission and civil society organizations.
On February 5, the Dianova Nicaragua Foundation was awarded the sum of $ 121,321 donated by the Government of Japan for the construction of two classrooms and a science lab in the Esther del Rio – Las Marías education center. The donation will help provide quality education services to the 300 boys and girls from the Carazo region’s low-income rural communities admitted every year.
The video presented after these introductory words (click “read more”) was realized with the adolescents attended in Dianova Zandueta’s small therapeutic community, located in Spain’s Arce Valley (Navarra region). With no voice-over, the video shows the simplicity of every-day activities, made of joy and sometimes sorrow; activities spent to rebuild one’s life, step by step.
On February 8, Dianova in Portugal participated in the third edition of aSocial Economy Forum, as a partner and ambassador of the “Opportunity 2020 Yes or No” National initiative. The forum was held in Leca de Palmeira, in the auditorium of the portuguese business association. The forum’s main topic was dedicated to social and reintegration enterprises.
In Portugal, Dianova has been officially appointed to coordinate the 2013 « Migrants in Europe » multimedia competition, jointly with the European Commission – Directorate of Home Affairs ( Commissioner: Ms. Cecila Malmström). The competition is to be lauched on Friday, February 1st in all EU member states.
In March, 2012, Dianova became a partner of a renown family company, Catalunya en Miniatura, in the prospect of raising additional sources of income to develop the Dianova network’s various social projects. This innovative 3.0 business model resulted from a close partnership between a private enterprise and the non-profit sector.
On March 8, 2013 Dianova will co-sponsor a side-event during the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) to take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013. The priority theme of the Commission’s two-week session will be dedicated to the “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls”. Dianova speakers during the event will be Ms Sandra Nencetti and Ms Francisca Alburquenque, from Dianova in the USA and Chile.
The 25th World Conference of Therapeutic Communities was held in Bali (Indonesia) from November 5 to 10, under the auspices of the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities and the Kasih Mulia Foundation, one of the country’s largest associations dedicated to the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse. The representative of Dianova, Michele Bellasich, was present.
George De Leon, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of substance abuse and is acknowledged as the leading authority on research in therapeutic communities. In addition to numerous research publications, Dr. De Leon has made notable contributions in the area of clinical practice and professional education. Dianova representative, Michele Bellasich, met with him during the WFTC world conference in Bali.
An article presented by Dianova’s educational team in Chile recounts the significant, existential experience of a group of women and their educational team, who participated in an educational remediation experience in a context of residential treatment for the problematic use of alcohol and other drugs. Read complete article – in Spanish (pdf)