In July, Diema’s Dream Fund continues to move forward – both in targeted aid for children with severe developmental problems and in comprehensive work on the organization and development of the activities of the Portage association.
July began well for the Fund. The investment company Renaissance Capital allocated funds to pay for rehabilitation courses for three fund’s beneficiaries, who were awaiting their turn for this much-needed help.
We also accepted applications for treatment payment of several children and opened the donations. The stories of 10 children we are raising funds for are posted on our website. These are boys and girls aged 3 to 14 from different regions of the country: the Altai Territory, Belgorod, Volgograd and Ivanovo regions, Moscow, Bashkortostan and Mari El Republics. Join in helping these children – together we can do more!
At the beginning of the summer we completed the Portage classes in the child-care facilities and for families we support. We already wrote about the results of activities under the Portage project in June.
In many regional orphanages holding Portage-based classes, including the Elatomsky and Arzamas children’s homes, quarantine has been extended until September. Therefore, children who have mastered new skills with the Portage practice are on summer vacation, and we do not conduct classes.
While the children are on holiday, we are preparing for the launch of a new cycle of Portage-based classes, which will start from September-October. We couldn’t have done it without 10 laptops purchased for Portage coaches with the support of our partner F.O.N LLC within its charitable program ‘Bet on Good’ («Ставка на Добро» https://www.fonbet.ru/news/fnl/26727/).
We have also been working on uniting Portage experts in Russia. The Charter of the organization has already been approved, and now we are working on the Membership provisions. We are also working on a website the Association designed to tell people about the Portage methodology, the support Portage experts provide to families and children’s facilities, and much more.
We are also planning to continue implementing the canis therapy project in two orphanages in Moscow in the fall. Within this project, therapy dogs help orphans. The goal of this project is the rehabilitation and improvement of the quality of life of orphans with severe and complex psychophysical development problems. We have been conducting canis therapy for more than 10 years in cooperation with the Sunny Dog («Солнечный пес») project of the Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization Educational and Cynological Center ‘Assistant Dogs for Disabled People’.
Moreover, we financed the set up of a salt therapy room for the Arzamas orphanage and are waiting for the start of its assembly. We hope that at the end of August the therapy room will be ready and children who can’t go to the sea or go for a walk in the forest to improve their health will be able to breathe healthy air saturated with ions. A salt therapy room improves blood circulation, reduces nervous irritability and improves immunity. We will be back with the news on this project later.