SHORT BREAKS - helping children with disabilities

$10,000 $0
Raised Remaining


Help more than 100 children with disabilities stay in the care of their own family, improve their psychological and emotional conditions, extend their social contacts and prevent the risk of being placed into residential care.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Finding themselves in a crisis situation parents often find it challenging to care for and raise children with disabilities by themselves. Single mothers who have more than one child are especially vulnerable and are in strong need of help. In St-Petersburg there are 13 600 children with disabilities and at least 2 000 are acutely in need of respite care. Our SHORT BREAKS (respite care) program is currently helping 103 children stay in their families and have proper care.

How will this project solve this problem?

By helping families who have children with disabilities our specially trained and supported host families provide essential free time and psychological relief. Host families take care of children with special needs for short periods, undertake rehabilitation exercises with them, play with them and teach them new skills. This significantly decreases the risk of placing children with special needs in residential care and improves the quality of life of the child and the family as a whole.

Potential Long Term Impact

Children with special needs will stay in their families and achieve maximum possible physical, intellectual and emotional development to successfully integrate in society. Parents will get essential psychological relief and resources to raise and develop their children. In the long term many fewer children with disabilities will end up in residential care.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $10,000

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $10,000 .  The original project funding goal was $10,000.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Lyudmila Sorokina

St-Petersburg, Russia

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