Enabling independence for disabled young people.
We wish to give two young people with physical disabilities who have grown up in an orphanage the opportunity to become part of our 'Family Home 2000' for two years as they move towards independence. We believe this will encourage the Belarusian authorities to provide similar support to others.
September 2014 - September 2016
Chernobyl Children's Project (UK)
Orphaned children with physical disabilities in the past have received very little education and this is particularly hard for intelligent young people who may end up living in very inappropriate adult institutions. The project is trying to provide the best possible living conditions for a small group of intelligent but phsyically disabled young people, and to use this as a model of best practice for the Social Protection Ministry.
We have set up a small home where five young people can live and develop their independence skills. Two of them have quite severe physical disabilities and will live there permanently; the others have lesser disabilities and some have already been able to go through college and move on to independence. We would like to expand the support we can give and help more young people to move on the an independent life.
To help 2 young people with physical disabilities to develop the ability to live independently
Activities» Provide them with a safe and secure place to live for up to two years where they can be taught personal and domestic skills
» Help them to find a college placement in Gomel appropriate for their skills, abilities and interests
» Help them to find work and a place to live as they move on from Family Home 2000
Success will be shown if the young people become more confident, cope well with college and are able to move on to work and live independently after leaving Family Home 2000
It will change the lives of the young people involved with the project very significantly. But most importantly, it will demonstrate to the authorities in Belarus that young people with physical disabilities can live very positive lives as full members of the community if they are given the opportunity and encouragement to develop their talents. We will be able to demonstate success if the young people have jobs which they could not have acheieved without our support.
There is a risk that one of the young people may not be sufficienlty motivated to study and to become independent. We will deal with this risk by choosing candidates who demonsrate enthusiasm to improve their lives, and giving them support at all stages of the journey from institutional care to independence.
We will report to donors via newsletters and our website and through personal letters and photographs showing the progress of the young people we are supporting.
Budget - Project Cost: £7,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £7,000 Salary Employing a mentor for two years
Family Home 2000 is in a small village half an hour outside the city of Gomel. We established this home in the year 2000 and it is a postive and comfortable environment for young people to live in.
The direct beneficiaries of the project will be the two new young people who come to live in Family Home 2000. But their progress to independent life will have an impact on the community in the region, and will benefit other young disabled people. There are many young people with disabilities living at home who are very worried about their future when their parents can no longer care for them. Our successful project will make it more likely that these young people can have an independent future.
We established Family Home 2000 and continue to run it. The home has now been visited by senior representatives of the Social Protection Ministry and they are very impressed with the atmosphere and the way the young people live. They would like to set up similar homes in the future but do not seem wuite ready for this year. We have the experience and the staff needed to carry out this project.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Natalia is Director of our partner organisation in Gomel. She has excellent contacts, skills and commitment to the future of these young people.
Larissa works at Family Home 2000 and will be the mentor for the two new young people who will benefit from this project.