We create comfort in the places, where people don’t want to live… Children grow up fast: they don’t have time to wait until hospitals and orphanages are renovated. They are living there today, now. Many children grow up inside the gloomy walls of institutions and think that this is the way things are supposed to be, that the whole world is gray and unfriendly. Many children will never live in comfort until we make it happen for them.
The Point of the Project
The project is aimed at improving the living conditions of children during their stay at inpatient facilities for surgery and rehabilitation.
The children usually remain in hospital from 3 weeks to 6 months. In most cases, these children are unable to go outside; they spend the whole time between gray walls in hospital wards and corridors.
In addition to medical rehabilitation, the children need to continue their education and their intellectual, emotional, and creative development. Hospital budgets do not cover these kinds of children’s needs. But children must have these things.
What We Are Doing
When we find children in an unfriendly and unchildlike place (an orphanage, a boarding school, a pediatric hospital, or a ward for children with musculoskeletal disorders), we work with administrative staff to improve the children’s quality of life:
- We invite artists to do wall murals and create a joyful, fairytale atmosphere
- We put together a children’s library
- We provide developmental games, toys, and materials for creative activities – to the extent allowed by the institution’s regulations
- If necessary, we purchase assistive devices to improve children’s quality of life and the quality of medical services provided (such as wheelchairs)
- We provide hygiene products for postoperative patients