This summer a new small café was opened in downtown Bratislava called Lepší svet (A Better World), named after a non-profit organisation which sponsors the café. The organisation already operated a similar café in Petržalka but in a smaller and less desirable location which attracted just a few visitors. But both cafés are designed to give mentally handicapped people an opportunity to work there, usually only for a few hours a week, but an indispensable chance to hone their skills and become experienced employees for the hospitality industry.
“We decided to move to a better location with more prospective guests. We suppose that during the off-season, mostly students will come – we can also offer textbooks and expert literature,” the co-founder of the Lepší svet organisation told the TASR newswire. The new location can also help promote the idea of employing partially handicapped people who finished school but are unable to find a job afterwards.
Lepší svet café employs six people and also provides others with work opportunities by designing and producing promotional materials like invitations, postcards, and billboards or making works of art. The organisation began several years ago by assisting 5 clients but now helps 44 clients who have medium-level handicaps – meaning that they can be employed in some way. Lepší svet also offers “protected housing” which means that the persons can live on their own but can get assistance from professionals.
6. Sep 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská