Purpose of the Fund
To improve the quality of life of orphans and children with severe and multiple developmental disorders (habilitation, rehabilitation, surgery, treatment and social adaptation).
- To provide effective, professional and comprehensive support to children with serious and varied developmental disabilities and to their families
- To help disabled children adapt to society and change the public attitude towards disabled people
The story behind Diema’s Dream
In 1994, when I began working at Baby House #17 with the IWC, there was this cute little boy named Diema. He had a large head because of hydrocephalous and was paralyzed from the waist down. He was three years old and had never eaten solid food. He fed himself three meals from a bottle. He couldn’t speak because his muscles had not developed. A feeding program of solid food started and before long. Diema was speaking his first word “ball”.
When Diema turned five, he was transferred from the baby house to an orphanage where there were over 800 adults and children. There was one worker for every 30 children and only one nurse the whole facility. Conditions were very poor. I could not get into the orphanage to see Diema as these facilities were closed to the public.
Almost one year later, I heard that our children from Baby House #17 had been transferred to another facility. I received permission from the director to see Diema. The children were in very poor shape, without any clothing or diapers and no toys, yet the facility was reasonably clean. There I met a volunteer, Leonid Mogilevsky, who was working to improve the conditions for these children. I immediately knew I wanted to help him make life better for these children.
In 1997, I returned to the United States. In 1998, with the help of my sister, our foundation became a reality in an effort to support Leonid’s work the children. Diema’s Dream was created so every disabled child could have a dream for a better life.
As I grew to understand how dire the situation is for these children, we knew more had to be done. Every year, Diema’s Dream has been able to take more on and do more for a greater number of children.
Mary Dudley, Founder
Founders of Diema’s Dream:
– Mary Dudley
– Sergey Andryushin
Debra Cocrell – Director of Finance Diema’s Dream Fund
Yury Katz – Assosiation for children with disabilities “Svet”
Elena Volodina, Director Diema’s Dream Russia
Anastasia Starobyhovskaya, The Deputy Director for charitable program, the Project manager for orphanages
The teachers of Family Center
Inna Yatsenko – Director of Family Center
Marina Rodkevich – teacher for children with disabilities
Helena Sapriko – teacher for children with disabilities
Yulia Harlamova – teacher for children with disabilities, psychologist
Irina Soldatova – teacher for children with disabilities, psychologist
Elisaveta Romanova – teacher for children with disabilities
Sveta Moschenko -adaptive physical culture specialist
Denis Moshenko – teacher for children with disabilities, psychologist
Nataly Makeeva – adaptive physical culture specialist, Gross method
Yana Suleymanova – teacher for children with disabilities, psychologist
Mary Mamontova –teacher for children with disabilities, psychologist
Marina Azarova – teacher for children with disabilities
Ivan Strakhov – driver