Rehabilitation Center "Predolenie L”, Moscow
Founded in 1992, the Rehabilitation Center “Preodolenie L” in Moscow provides training, education, and physical therapy for disabled children from orphanages and low income families. The goal of the Center is to prepare children to be fully active members of society. The center has been recognized by the Russian Government as one of the best facilities promoting social education and rehabilitation for children with special needs. The Center prides itself on its unique equine therapy program for children with disabilities. While riding horses, children feel a unique spirit of freedom and relaxation: no need to sit in a wheelchair, hold onto crutches or grasp someone’s hand.
In 2015, RCWS granted the Center $14,942 to help launch “Upwards to Health,” a new equine-assisted therapy program. The program benefitted 26 handicapped children and young adults between the ages of 3 and 25. Each child received 20 free lessons over the course of 8 months. 20 of the children partook in the hippotherapy courses, six children received therapeutic horseback riding lessons under the para-equestrian guidelines of the Paralympics, all with specialized saddles designed to maximize therapeutic benefits. The program improved the children’s balance, toned their muscles, enhanced blood circulation, boosted their metabolism, and alleviated depression.
Rehabilitation Center "Inspiration"
Rehabilitation Center "Inspiration" was founded in 1999 and provides services to children between the ages of 6 months and 18 years with various physical and mental disabilities who are either orphans or come from low-income families. Hundreds of children benefit from participating in activities offered at the center and 40 children currently reside on the grounds. In 2016 and spring 2017, the RCWS awarded the center a grant to cover food for 6 months, educational equipment and heating.
Charitable Organization for Parents of Disabled Children "GOORDI", Ryazan
Charitable Organization for Parents of Disabled Children was established 20 years ago in 1994 in Ryazan and assists families with disabled children by providing medication, food, clothing, shoes; obtaining state financial aid for needy families; organizing summer rehabilitation activities and sightseeing tours for children and their parents. Above mentioned efforts focus on the social and legal rehabilitation of disabled children and help to improve their quality of life.
RCWS has been supporting GOORDI since 2007. In spring 2017, RCWS sponsored a set of programs that would assist 30 children with special needs in their transition to independent life (Project “Big Children”).
Rehabilitation Center “Nelishnie Deti”, Moscow
Rehabilitation Center "Nelishnie Deti” provides psychological assistance to families and children in crisis. Many of the children who frequent the Center come from broken families and have been through the adoption/foster process a number of times only to be returned to the custody of the government. The center’s mission is to educate parents on how to manage the care of their adopted/foster children while cultivating a supportive and nurturing environment. The Center also offers workshops, family trips and counseling by phone or email.
Educational Center “Big Change” (Bolshaya Peremena), Moscow
Center “Big Change” is a non-profit organization registered and operating in Russia since 2002. It was founded by a group of teachers who were inspired by the idea of helping children brought up in orphanages smoothly transition into adulthood and seamlessly integrate into society. Big change currently works with close to 80 students who are between the ages of 12 and 26, have different educational levels, come with different goals and varying life circumstances. In 2016 and spring 2017, the RCWS covered the salaries of Big Change’s teachers and some of the Center’s educational programs.
Rehabiliation Center “Krug”, Moscow
Established in 1989, Krug Rehabilitation Center provides over educational, rehabilitation, and recreational programs for over a hundred children with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities and physical handicaps. The Center’s programs are designed to help the participants gradually integrate into society while understanding how to best manage their disabilities. Many of the Center’s students have went on to attend regular schools, college or even found gainful employment.
Krug’s curriculum is practiced at a number of other institutions in Russia that are partially funded by the government. A vital aspect to children’s development, particularly those with autism spectrum disorders, is travel. When children are introduced to new environments and are culturally stimulated, they become noticeably engaged and joyful. In 2016 and spring 2017, the RCWS covered travel and tour expenses for 40 children with autism spectrum disorders and 60 parents and staff.
Naked Heart Foundation, Moscow & Nizhni Novgorod
The Naked Heart Foundation was founded in 2004 by supermodel Natalia Vodianova in the wake of the Beslan school siege. Desperate to do something to help, she had a simple idea to help the little victims heal by providing them with safe outdoor play facilities. Since 2004, the Naked Heart Foundation has built over 100 play facilities and hopes to build 500. In 2016, the RCWS awarded the Naked Heart Foundation with a grant for its Early Bird Program, a program that gives parents of children with autism the opportunity to communicate, advise one another and work together in finding the best solutions for the problems they face.