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Eight Leaders Examine Social Issues in Central Pennsylvania

(Harrisburg, PA) - Eight Russian leaders participating in the Open World Program will spend October 6-14, 2007, in Central Pennsylvania examining Social Issues in the areas of Health-Care Provision, Elementary and Secondary Education and Social Services. Keystone Human Services International will host the delegation. Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, Open World is designed to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia and the Baltic States by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America's democratic, accountable government and free-market system.

While in Pennsylvania, the delegates will observe programs operated by Keystone Human Services in the specialty areas of mental health, autism, intellectual disabilities, children and family services, Capital Area Head Start and Susquehanna Service Dogs to mention a few. They will also be visiting the programs provided by Pinnacle Health Services-Harrisburg Hospital a regional acute care provider. Training is focused on providing programs that organize events to raise awareness and funds to support HIV/AIDS, and other prevention programs.

The visiting delegates are:
Valeriya Aleksandrovna Pliyeva, Psychologist, Rehabilitation Center of Beslan City Right-Bank Municipal Central District Clinical Hospital, Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia
Zarina Savelyevna Gadiyeva, Pediatrician, Republic Rehavilitation Center for Disabled Children, Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia
Andrey Anatolyevich Dzansolov, Social Worker, Rehabilitation Center at Beslan Hospital, Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia
Raisa Valentinovna Babochiyeva, Social Worker, Republican Social Rehabilitation Center for Minors, Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia
Sofya Valentinovna Titova, Secretary-Interpreter, European Medical Center, Moscow, Russia, Zelenograd, Moscow Oblast
Asker Isufovich Midov, Executive Director, Kabardino-Balkarian Zaramuk
Kardangushev Humanitarian Fund, Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria
Ratmir Khazritovich Karov, Coordinator, Interregional Social Movement "Christye Serdca" (Clean Hearts), Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria
Inessa Khabasovna Karmova, Deputy Director, Republican Psycho-Medico-Social Center, Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria
Adalbi Barasbiyevich Kardanov, Director, State Institution of Republican Social Rehabilitation Center for Minors "Namys" under the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, Nalchik, Kabardinno-Balkaria.
Facilitators include:
Olga Vladimirovna Safronova, American Councils for International Education, Open World Program, from Kaluga, Kaluga Oblast
Maria Kalitina Dolbunova, General Director, Keystone Foundation for Children and Families (Russia), Moscow

In Central Pennsylvania, the Open World delegation is also scheduled to visit the State Capitol with Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll and staff. They will learn about social services be important to local government and the ways the State government is involved through legislative and constituent work. Delegates will visit the Capital Area Intermediate Unit Early Intervention Preschool Program, the Vista School serving children with autism.

For recreation delegates will visit downtown Harrisburg sites, eat at area restaurants and spend a day in New York City.

Homestays will allow the Open World delegates to experience American family life. They will also take part in several cultural and community activities, including a tour of the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and other selected personal choices i.e. Hershey Park, Chocolate World or the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.

The Open World Leadership Center has awarded a grant to Keystone Human Services International to administer this and similar exchanges in 2007.

The U.S. Congress established Open World in 1999 to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and Russia. In 2003, Congress made all post-Soviet states eligible for the program. Thanks to Open World, some 12,000 current and future Eurasian leaders have experienced American civil society and have been exposed to new ideas and practices that they can adapt for use in their own work. Open World also promotes partnerships and continued communications between delegates and their American hosts and professional counterparts. Open World currently operates exchanges for political and civic leaders from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

Interested individuals are invited to attend one of two sessions offered by Keystone, where delegates will present information about the programs they are leading their home communities in Russia. Sessions will be held Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Keystone headquarters located at 124 Pine Street, Harrisburg. A light dinner will be served.

For more information or to attend a session please contact Ann Moffitt or Charles Hooker III at 717-232-7509 or amoffitt @ or chooker @ or George Felcyn at 202-466-6210. For more information on Open World, please visit or

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