Shag Navstrechu, St. Petersburg Public Charity Organization for Disabled Children and Adults

We provide wholesome life and conditions for development for disabled children in Children Home (Orphanage) in Pavlovsk (St. Petersburg region).
Mar 20, 2017

Newsletter

Activities in the Art-therapy project:

We would like to thank you for the support you’ve given to children with disabilities who live in the third building of the orphanage 4 in Pavlovsk.

Successes of children:

Sasha E. does not hear and somebody might say that it makes process more complicated and communication harder but specialist is doing easy with Sasha. Young boy often starts the lesson by himself, he knows where necessary tools are. All he needs he takes by himself. He often writes unknown letters during an hour and then tries to explain what it is. His other favorite activity is to cut out and to paste. Figured punchers are Sasha’s passion. It was discovered recently that he is very good at coping; in his very own manner, of course, but it is very beautiful. He is so good at it that we are now making stamps from his sketches and print them in paper and get fascinating postcards.

We have other great news to share: now Lisa N. meets art specialist with cheer as they have built close relationships. The girl likes cozy room, where lessons take place, so much that then she is walking with other specialist or volunteer she murmurs “Room”; that means Liza cannot wait to attend lesson and she completely trusts the specialist. Every time she sees Maria she runs towards her and also moves towards the art room saying this word aloud and smiling. Turns out that Lisa likes sculpturing: clay, special modelling mass, sticks, forms – that is all for her. Her works can be seen among souvenirs of “Shag Navstrechu”. She has done great amount of work during this time.

Events:

Specialist has prepared children costumes for celebration of New Year in “Da!” studio. Yasha played Ded Moroz, volunteer Larisa was The Bear, but it turned out to be more like Oriental fairytale.

Traditionally, “Shag Navstrechu” participated in New Year “Miracle Fair” where all interested people could buy souvenirs or participate in master-class.

Story about Ksyusha:

In the end of the year something like flash mob was organized: staff wrote stories about children who they fall in love with during their work. This is the story from art specialist.

 “Ksyusha K. is amazing, positive, smiling and thoughtful child. To be honest, sometimes her care can be dangerous for children and adults but the reason is that she just does not understand and does not feel her body and power yet. She sincerely does not understand why she is scolded because of her care, and gets really upset.

Ksyusha likes role plays very much: play house, cooking, cleaning, washing; she can play herself in group, when there is no volunteer or specialist. She likes painting and showing me her works that she did herself in group.

Ksyusha are also keen on washing. Her favorite activity is washing hair. Washing hair of an adult is a real pleasure for her.”

Summary of the year:

  • We have lessons with children from third building three times a week. Lessons are individual and in group. Till October we had five classes each week.
  • During the year 22 children were involved in project; lessons were regularly done with 12 children.
  • Excursion in exhibition “Aivasovsky Alive”, 6 children participated.
  • Work with calendar «Spasibo».
  • Every month preparation for children's birthdays and participation in them.
  • Making of souvenirs (more than 500).
  • Preparation of props for New Year performance for children from staff of «Shag Navstrechu».
  • Organization of art lessons: three out of town and two city camps.

Results of the year:

  • We can conclude that vocabulary of girls, who took lessons of painting, has got wider. After lessons about feelings (these lessons coincided with learning the alphabet) Oksana S. demonstrated visible result. Before lessons girls were able to describe their feelings in five words: sad, scared, funny, offensive, angry; after lessons, for example, Oksana could build 10 words from letter “C” and even full sentences. This result of last year is very important.
  • Also remarkable result is that Dasha D. started to listen a specialist as earlier it was very complicated to succeed. The problem was that the girl often made something by herself but not under the topic. In the end of the year she started to listen and work on topic, which the specialist provided in the beginning of the lesson.
  • In the middle of the year Lisa N. girl who was 11 years old, was admitted in the third building. The girl had lived with family and it was complicated for her to trust people in orphanage. During few month specialist Maria worked with her, spoke, hugged and in the end of the year the girl opened herself. She attended lessons with pleasure and thanks to her “Shag Navstrechu” can be proud of new souvenirs made from clay and other modelling mass. 
Mar 20, 2017

New year - new start

Saint Petersburg charity organization “Shag Navstrechu” thanks you for supporting children with disabilities living in Pavlovsk orphanage No. 4.

From December 43 volunteers took part in the project which included 7 staff volunteers and 36 non-staff volunteers.

A volunteer who visits the children at the orphanage does not only share his love with a child and surrounds that child with care, but he also fills the child’s world with interesting and colorful moments. He helps a child to master the necessary self-service skills, to get familiar with the world around us and also broadens a child’s horizon. A volunteer accompanies a child from the assigned group to the various walks and trips outside the orphanage. During these walks and visits to the museums, theatres and other places a volunteer tries to provide a child with as many information about the world around as possible since it is very hard for children from the closed state establishments to comprehend the real environment where ordinary people live.

Arrangement of trips to the theatres, museums, workshops, etc. is done by the volunteer department. Over this period the children managed to visit 12 interesting locations such as trampoline center, library, Mariinsky theatre, the “Bronze horseman” performance, Seaquarium, etc.

 In order for such trips to work out a volunteer and a child need to trust each other. This is not the kind of goal that can be achieved in one day, but those who visit children often try very hard and succeed.

Here is how volunteer Natalia describes her impressions in her report:

 “It was a trip to the seaquarium with Nastya T. At first I was worried how Nastya would feel in a new place full of other people. When we arrived she cried for a while but she eventually calmed down and we walked along the whole seaquarium from the beginning to the end. Nastya watched the fishes attentively and we both observed the feeding of cramp fishes with excitement, she was also very impressed by the waterfall. But what Nastya liked the most was observing the seals through the thick glass. We spent almost 15 minutes watching them. Nastya mostly walked by herself and asked me to pick her up in my arms only a few times».

It takes time to understand how well a volunteer a child communicate with each other. Volunteer Anastasia shares her impressions in her report:

“With Svyatozar we also tried to catch the first warm sunrays and walked outside as much as we could. Everything we worked on in January was a success – music, drawing, handicrafts. Svyatozar started to behave more freely and independently. He shows his intentions more clearly and tugs me when he needs to go somewhere or take something (I mark this as a positive change). I don’t have to set his mind on something for a long time since he usually understands what we are going to do. When I ask him to go for a walk he always repeats quietly “walk?” this is very funny and quite right at the same time and I take it as a wonderful sign that he hears me”. 

 Very often attention, emotional warmth and tenderness become more important for a child’s intellectual development than any other types of activity and education. This is why volunteers who are ready to give a part of themselves to children living at the orphanage are so essential

Dec 16, 2016

Art studio in orphanages for adults

One of our art-therapists Evgenia works with grown-ups who left our orphanage and now live in orphanages for adults. For us they still are our kids and we try to show them that we still care about them and won’t forget to be around.

Evgenia regularly works with our children in the orphanages for adults and here’s what she tells us about her fosterlings:

“Artem is a great artist and a friend. The sound of his laugh can brighten the whole room! Artem can paint from photos, what is a valuable and unique skill. The other boy Igor is closed and one can even think rugged. But his art shows his delicate and naïve perception – he create works-mosaics with open-hearted characters who welcome a viewer in their world. Another my fosterling – Liza is a caring and loving girl. She is the only artist in my studio who’s ready to dedicate all her time to art. She never needs rest from painting and that is really inspiring!

Altogether we started preparation for our next exhibition after Alice in Wonderland and we’re already excited to see its’ results”.

 
   

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