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        The initiative to introduce Portage in Cyprus was undertaken by the Christos Stelios loannou Foundation and was made possible through the financial support of Mr. Dakis loannou.

        Preparation started early in 1996, with the training of a large number of Cypriot professionals and it was followed by the commencement of a two-year pilot project, with ten children, all coming from the Nicosia (capital) area.

        The pilot project was completed in 1999 and after a formal evaluation, conducted by members of the IPA, the programme was implemented on a regular basis.

        Presently, Portage is offered to 36 children and the programme is in a process of rapid development and expansion.