ThePromise

Disabled Children in the Community, Ryazan, Russia

To improve the daily lives of disabled children living with their families by supporting their development through play, communication and self-help skills, principally through the delivery of Portage, a pre-school education home visiting service. This prevents children going into institutions.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1098771)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£3,000

Amount raised

£4,670

Donations

32

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

    Helping

Location

  • ‚ÄúNobody in authority would help me when I told them my daughter had Down‚Äôs syndrome. Kindergartens said there was nothing they could do for her.‚Äù

    — A mother

  • ‚ÄúPortage has taught me that Cerebral Palsy is not a sentence‚ĶThrough Portage I can see my child developing physically and mentally‚Äù

    — A mother

  • “Nobody in authority would help me when I told them my daughter had Down’s syndrome. Kindergartens said there was nothing they could do for her.”

    — A mother

  • “Portage has taught me that Cerebral Palsy is not a sentence…Through Portage I can see my child developing physically and mentally”

    — A mother

Situation

In Russia, mothers are encouraged to give up their disabled children to the state to be cared for. When a mother decides to keep her child and bring them up at home she faces many problems. Family breakdown - fathers may leave and the mother may return to her parents for support looking after the child. Financial difficulties - limited financial support from the state and the difficulty of working with a child at home. The whole process can leave a mother feeling isolated and depressed.

Solution

Many disabled children end up in orphanages but if more support was available in the home, families would be less likely to hand their children to the State for care. ThePromise will deliver Portage to children in their homes. Working with their parents, the children will develop skills that will enable them to attend special schools and play their part in family life. The links created by the Portage team allows parents to meet and talk and their children to make friends.