Creating playroom for disabled children in Yelatma

by The Promise


This room will provide a safe stimulating play area for mobile children with special needs who have nowhere else to play in Yelatma orphanage.

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A number of children in Yelatma Orphanage (Russia) aged 9-17, have learning and/or behavioural difficulties and are not suited to Portage. These children spend their days in a small room sitting or lying on padded mats, ‘guarded’ by an elderly woman who stops them physically harming themselves and makes sure they don’t escape. There is no play equipment and children tend to rock and moan as a form of self-stimulation. Some have their hands tied if they are a risk to themselves or others.


We will recruit and train two care workers and develop a programme of activities for each individual child supervised by a UK qualified Occupational Therapist, refurbish the room providing toys and equipment and create a quiet space for storytelling.

Long-Term Impact

The aim is to give these young people a quality of life, help them interact with and enjoy their surroundings. Some will go on to receive an education. Others will become more independent, learn to make choices, work in the home and feel valued.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).



Organization Information

The Promise

Location: London - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Alison Payne
Project Leader:
Alison Payne
Isleworth, Middlesex United Kingdom

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