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Project information

Developing Portage for Disabled Children in Russia

Portage improves the daily lives of disabled children in Russia through play, communication and developing self help skills. Our aim is to enable more children in Russia to benefit from Portage by training more Portage workers to offer one to one sessions with disabled children and their families.


Charity information: ThePromise

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  • Need


    In Russia there is still limited understanding of and resources for disabled children and their families. Education is difficult to access, finance is hard to secure and a lack of professionals with skills to support the families mean they often have to travel many hours for help and advice. Families feel isolated; fathers may leave forcing the mother to return to her parents for assistance in looking after the child. The whole system can cause extreme isolation and depression.


    By training more people in Portage delivery and supporting the formation of new teams of Portage workers, ThePromise are able to ensure Portage is available to more disabled children in their homes. Working with their parents, the children will develop skills that will enable them to attend special schools and play their part in family life.

    The links created by the Portage teams allows parents to meet and talk and their children to make friends reducing the isolation of both parents and child

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build he capacity of Russian organisations who want to offer Portage


    » Run the Basic Portage Workshop in new organisations wanting to start up Portage services
    » Provide support to partner organisations in how to set up and run their Portage scheme.

    What success will look like

    The continued development of Portage community programmes in other parts of Russia showcasing the development of the children involved and their acquisition of new skills.

    Aim 2

    Run 'train the trainer' workshops to build up a body of people trained to deliver Portage training.


    » Develop and run Train the Trainer workshops

    What success will look like

    An increase in the number of Russian Portage Trainers in various areas of Russia.

    Aim 3

    Spreading the word of Portage and how it can help disabled children develop their life skills.


    » Speaking at conferences and disseminating information to all those involved with disabled children

    What success will look like

    Organisations attending training and planning to start their own Portage services.

    Aim 4

    Continue to develop relationships with NGOs and government departments to influence policy makers.


    » Invite representatives from the Russian state and national and local NSAs to attend Portage training workshops

    What success will look like

    Number of links with Russian NGOs and government departments.

  • Impact


    Fewer disabled children being placed into the care of the state.

    More disabled children being accepted into mainstream education.

    Changing Russian society's perception of the disabled.

    In government run institutions, changed perceptions of those involved with policy surrounding disability.


    The biggest obstacle to this project is working with local authorities and NGOs to embed Portage into Russian society.
    The demand from families and the high level of interest shown by education and medical professionals since ThePromise started working in Russia continues to motivate our work.
    The growing Portage services across Russia and their evidence showing the impact Portage has on children and their families, their development, happiness and inclusion help the ongoing desire for change


    ThePromise can provide written reports on the progress of the project to all donors including case studies on individual children in the programme. Individual records of each child within Portage programmes detailing goals and progress using the Portage checklist are kept.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Portage workshops Training of potential Portage workers in Russia
      £5,000 Management costs Project management costs in Russia
  • Background


    Initial workshops will be undertaken in Moscow, St Petersburg and areas surrounding these cities.


    With the growing knowledge that disabled children have abilities to do things, this will slowly disseminate amongst the population, gradually changing the attitude towards disabled people generally.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Following a number of highly successful pilot projects we are able to show without doubt that Portage is a great tool for assisting disabled children in their development. We now have 15 years experience working with disabled children in Russia and have seen how Portage changes their lives.
    We are dedicated to continuing to build on our successes, work with new partners and spread the wonderful tool that Portage is to so many families across Russia and the world.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jo Pritchard

    Jo is Director of ThePromise in the UK and will be instrumental in monitoring the projects and building the capacity along with our partners in Russia

    Nina Veddell

    Nina is Assistant Programme Manager, an experienced Portage worker and is Russian, helping greatly with the communication and relationship building

Masha is learning letters with her Portage worker

Masha is learning letters with her Portage worker


Will train a new Portage Worker