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Krasnoyarsk Disability Support Centre

From 2001 to 2003, a group of parents worked on the development of a drop-in centre for children with disabilities in the industrial city of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia. With the collaboration of the local authorities, the centre was able to be set up in suitable and fully equipped premises.

Project value: CHF 25,000

Funds: Pro Victimis Foundation

In 2001, in the Lenin district, one of the most disadvantaged industrial districts in Krasnoyarsk, there were 552 children with disabilities. The social centre set up by the government in 1999 did not include any reception facilities. On the basis of the Novgorod drop-in childcare project (see the article on it), we worked for three years on a fundraising campaign to help parents convert additional premises in the social centre into a specialized care structure for the needs of children.

Despite difficulties in financing daily expenses by the authorities, activities favourable to people with disabilities were set up in 2000, but were affected by government budgetary fluctuations. The project immediately met with a very favourable response in local networks.

In 2001, we managed to send a debit card to Siberia to speed up the complicated remittance process in Russia. Despite the delay in the project, the great patience of the local collective and their good use of funds made it possible to renovate all the premises and bring additional equipment.

By the end of 2002, the daycare had managed to become known and appreciated by a large part of the local population. The project coordinator, Ms Lydia Lushina, has not missed an opportunity to show on television excerpts from the films recorded during the many celebrations, as well as to publish articles in local newspapers, in order to stimulate local donors to take an interest in these children. On the other hand, the redevelopment work undertaken by the project manager has enabled the centre to specialize in activities related to language recovery, particularly through the creation of a logotherapy office.

Overall, after four years of activity around these daycare projects, the overall result is largely positive. Legal and administrative obstacles have been slowly but surely overcome. Today, the Krasnoyarsk Daycare Centre is fully functional and, like Novgorod, is one of the only structures capable of providing support and assistance for the integration of young people with disabilities and their families.