Dmitrov Orphanage for Children with Physical Disabilities
Big Dreams Children’s Foundation has partnered up with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and Project Orphan Outreach for this ongoing mission very near and dear to our hearts.
Our choice of the Dmitrov Orphanage was not a random. In everyday Russia there are very few environments that can accommodate the transit of persons with disabilities. Most buildings are not outfitted with ramps. Buses and other means of public transportation are not equipped to accommodate those with mobility limitations. This is the primary roadblock for most of Russia's disabled population. If you cannot even get out of your door, how can you live a productive life?
As difficult as life is for handicapped persons, orphans that are disabled face an even more bleak future.
Dmitrov Orphanage houses over 200 children with disabilities. In cooperation with our partners, we were able to change the fate of a few of them. Kolya, Stas, and Vlad had traveled to the United States for custom prosthetic legs. They arrived to Ohio in wheelchairs and returned to the orphanage walking on their very own prosthetic feet.
Vlad, now 23, has completed the Orphanage's program. He lives now on his own with his fiancee. His prosthetic limbs have enabled him to join the Russian Paralympic curling team.
We plan to continue helping orphans by pairing them with special programs that suit their individual needs and interests and provide them with quality prosthetics in the United States.
We look ahead to our plan of opening an Assistance Center near the Orphanage. The Center will be the site for highly specialized professionals to teach kids invaluable skills for their independent living outside the walls of the Orphanage after graduation. The center will also host Vocational Education and Occupational Therapies, that is suited to each of their specific disabilities. This skill building is the key to their ability to support themselves or supplement their source of income.
Each and every contribution helps us get one step closer to both fulfilling much needed individual services to an individual Orphan in need and also to our future plan to build The Center. We are so grateful for each and every sponsor and donation and hope that we can count on your support.
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