ThePromise

Disabled Children in Yelatma Orphanage in Russia.

To improve the daily lives of profoundly disabled children living in a Russian orphanage by supporting their development through play, communication and self-help skills.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1098771)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£2,100

Amount raised

£6,869

Donations

27

    Category

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

    Helping

Location

  • We thought only young children would benefit from Portage but this programme produces amazing results for older children too.

    — Portage Worker

  • We thought only young children would benefit from Portage but this programme produces amazing results for older children too.

    — Portage Worker

Situation

In Russia, disabled people have traditionally been isolated from society. Children face daily discrimination as well as physical barriers to education, medical support, recreational activities, family life and participation in community life. In orphanages, at the age of 4 children are assessed and classified as normal or oligophrenic. Some are further classified as imbecile or idiot and are deemed ineducable.This diagnosis stays with them for life and they are denied basic human rights.

Solution

ThePromise will deliver Portage to the severely disabled children in the orphanage. The project will show how so called ineducable children will develop if they are given one-to-one interaction, human touch, love and access to stimulating toys – all vital to healthy emotional and physical development. Changing the attitudes of those working with disabled children is as important as improving the lives of the children themselves.