In 1981 the International Year of Disability was celebrated.

Thanks to the initiative of the Group of FRIENDS OF DON LUIGI MONZA, in agreement with the Association LA NOSTRA FAMIGLIA, on May 4, 1982 was formed - with a deed - OVCI La Nostra Famiglia.

The first assessment mission began, following requests made by developing Countries, to respond to numerous requests for intervention. The journey of OVCI has always been supported by the professionalism of the Association LA NOSTRA FAMIGLIA.

Below we resume the highlights:


  • Insertion of the St. Mary's College in the national list of colleges recognized as institutions of Higher Education by the Government of South Sudan
  • Resuming of clashes between members of different factions of the SPLM in South Sudan
  • Extension of the program of Community-Based Rehabilitation in Atacames Canton, Province of Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • Enlargement of the health program based in Dar el Salaam (suburb of Khartoum) by seconded staff from the Government (services against malnutrition and maternal health)
  • Final conference of the project 'Création d'un Service d'Accompagnement, de Formation, d'Information et de Réseautage pour la promotion de la prize en charge précocedes enfants handicapés à la provinces Skhirat-Temara' during which the models of OVCI were presented to the Local Authorities (i.e. the Social Educational Centre, the Guidance Service "SAFIR", and the Individualized Educational Programs, to facilitate the inclusion of children with disability in special classes)


  • Conclusion of the first year of the second course in Rehabilitation Sciences and the first course in Educational Sciences at the St. Mary's College in Juba, South Sudan
  • Conferment of a degree for the first physiotherapists at the St. Mary's College of Juba (South Sudan) and at Afhad University of Khartoum (Sudan)
  • Inauguration of the Guidance Service for people with disabilities "SAFIR" in Rabat, Morocco
  • Official recognition of the main local partner - Womende Jia Yuan - as Association under the Chinese Law, by the Chinese Ministry of Social Affairs
  • Extension of the program of Community Based Rehabilitation in Quinindé Canton, Province of Esmeraldas, Ecuador


  • Construction of the new Orthopedic Workshop, on the ground belonging to the local Association Nuestra Familia in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • Inauguration of the new multipurpose centre of Dar El Salaam, peripheral suburb of Khartoum, Sudan
  • Inauguration of the new mother & child dispensary in Juba, South Sudan
  • Conclusion of the first preliminary year to accessing the courses of Rehabilitation Sciences and Education of the St. Mary's College in Juba, South Sudan.


  • Opening of the Centre for Evaluation and Guidance for people with disabilities at the Centre of the Chinese Federation of the Disabled, in the district of Xicheng-Beijing, China
  • Inauguration of the "Moms Home" at the Rehabilitation Centre Nuestra Familia of Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • Starting the program for the upgrading of the Dispensary of Usratuna Centre to a mother & child Dispensary in Juba, South Sudan
  • Starting the integrated program for the extension of social and rehabilitation services to Dar el Salaam suburb of Khartoum, Sudan.


  • Inauguration of the St. Mary's College in Juba, South Sudan and start-up of the first academic program in Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Inauguration of the Centre for Paediatric Rehabilitation USRATUNA in Khartoum, Sudan
  • Signing of the cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Social and Economic Inclusion (MIES), for the start-up of the first Orthopaedic Workshop in Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador.


  • Starting the new rehabilitation project in Beijing, China - in partnership with the Chinese Association Womende Jia Yuan.


  • Starting the project of Community-Based Rehabilitation in Juba, South Sudan
  • Starting the first Socio-Educational Centre in Rabat, Morocco.


  • Establishment of the Association of Parents of children with disability "Casa Lahnina" (House of Tenderness) in Rabat, Morocco
  • Start-up of the basic health program in Juba, South Sudan
  • Conclusion of the commitment to Palestine
  • Organization of the first National Conference on Disability in Rabat, Morocco.


  • Starting the collection of plastic caps with the campaign 'Through small caps' in Italy.


  • Start-up of the first degree course in Physiotherapy, in collaboration with the Afhad University of Ondurman, Khartoum.


  • Start-up of the project for the prevention of infant abandonment in Rabat, Morocco (initially in collaboration with the NGO Ai.Bi.).


  • Participation in the drafting of guidelines for international cooperation, in the field of disability, of the Italian Cooperation
  • Organization of the first training course for project coordinators, of OVCI in Italy
  • Starting the new CBR project in Esmeraldas, Ecuador.


  • Participation to the National Table on infancy 'PIDIDA' (for the Rights of Childhood and Adolescence)
  • Organization of the first training course in collaboration with the Group 'Physiotherapists Without Borders'
  • Signing the agreement with FOCSIV for the realization of projects of Voluntary Civil Service in Italy and abroad
  • Launching the pilot project for the integral development of abandoned children in Morocco, in collaboration with the NGO Ai.Bi.


  • Starting the rehabilitation project at the centre of Fang Shan in China
  • First consultation on disability issues in Morocco, upon request of the Italian NGO Ai.Bi.
  • Starting the project to support the Local NGO Usratuna Sudanese Association for Disabled Children (USADC) in Khartoum, Sudan
  • Starting the project for the expansion of the Rehabilitation Centre BASR of Bethlehem, Palestine.


  • Constitution of the local NGO USADC in Khartoum, Sudan


  • Organization of the first experience of Short Voluntary in Santana, Brazil
  • Starting the project of collaboration with the Catholic University of Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • Participation in the new formed Como Peace Coordination (Cocopa) in Como Province, Italy


  • Inauguration of the Paediatric Centre 'P. Luiz Monza' in Santana, Brazil


  • First mission in China and birth of the International Friendship Team
  • Organization of the first course on Community Based Rehabilitation in Khartoum, Sudan
  • The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially expands the eligibility of OVCI, to the training activity on site.


  • Starting the collaboration with the Diocese of Esmeraldas, Ecuador, for the training of teachers and support to the activities of the Institute of Special Education 'Juan Pablo II'
  • Participation in the foundation of the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC).


  • Start-up of the project for the "Pastoral do Menor" in Santana, Brazil.


  • Reception of young Albanian refugees by the OVCI Animation Group in Ostuni (Bindisi).


  • Reconfirmation of the eligibility by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Law 49/1987.


  • Starting the nutritional program in Juba, South Sudan.


  • Start-up of the project of the Leper Hospital in Marituba, Brazil.


  • Launching the project of the 'Casa de Hospitalidade' (Reception centre for children with disabilities) in Santana, Brazil.


  • Inauguration of the Rehabilitation Centre USRATUNA (La Nostra Famiglia in Arabic) in Juba, South Sudan


  • Starting of construction of the first Rehabilitation Centre USRATUNA in Juba, South Sudan
  • Obtaining the eligibility by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under Law 38/1979
  • Birth of the first groups of Animation in different Italian Regions, composed by volunteers and supporters of OVCI.