Humanitarian aid for children with disabilities in Perevalsk is needed.

Original report of Olga Luzanova in Russian and English on her recent visit to a rehabilitation center for disabled children in Perevalsk.

head_touched2Two child care institutions in Perevalsk received humanitarian aid financed by residents of different countries in Europe. One of these institution is the regional center for rehabilitation of children with disabilities in Perevalsk.

According to Ekaterina Chigrinthe centre is a specialised rehabilitation institution for children who have diseases affecting mental development, the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal system.

The centre receives children with disabilities and children at risk, up to the age of eighteen years with the following diagnoses: infantile cerebral paralysis, effects of poliomyelitis and traumas, congenital or acquired deformities of the upper and lower extremities, chondrodystrophy, myopathy, oligophrenia, manifesting at the level of mental retardation, Down’s syndrome, and Fölling’s disease. The centre carries out practical work with disabled children and their families. Such work includes: physical rehabilitation (physiotherapy and massage); social and educational rehabilitation (corrective classes with rehabilitation professionals and psychologists); providing parents of the disabled children with up-to-date information on child development in the form of books, movies, and training workshops; providing the opportunity to meet other parents to exchange information, mutual support, and to build friendships. The centre also provides a programme of holidays and various cultural events for the children and their families.

img_0442aaOn February 23, Olga Luzanova was invited to the centre again to meet the people who were going to to receive the aid. There were mothers with their children in a large room. The humanitarian load which was delivered was already divided into bags, which were put near the door—every family was given a bag when leaving the centre. The centre management together with the parents were thankful for the aid. The children also seemed sociable and friendly: some of them recited poetry, some were talking about their favourite activities in the centre.

Diana, de 3 años

"Who is your best friend Diana?"she said, "Mom."

img_0553aaZhenya and Polina, Both of 10 years, appeared to be the most talkative. Polina said she had been attending the centre already for two years. Zhenya did not remember when she had started to come.

Zhenya: "We play, visit the massage parlour, do sports on training equipment. The teachers and psychologists work with us.”

Polina: “I like doing activities with Ekaterina Vladimirovna: for instance, making shapes in the sand.”

Do you like handicraft?

I like playing most of allAdmits Polina.

Zhenya: “Personally I like psychological training most of all: I always feel relief after a talk. I like our instructors very much—Olga Ivanovna in massage and Ekaterina Vladimirovna in psychology.”.


"How often do you come to school?"

Zhenya: We used to come here every day in the summer, but now we have to go to school, so we come here once a month. Well, we also attend cultural events here sometimes.”

"Are you going to school now?"

Zhenya: No. My school #8 is located near the motorway… It’s still dangerous… Classes will probably begin from Tuesday. We haven’t been told yet.”

Polina"I'm not going to school. A teacher comes to my house. "

"What do you like to study?"

Polina: "I like drawing and natural history"

Zhenya: "I'm good Russian and Ukrainian. I also like the natural history. "

Do you study Ukrainian at school?

Polina: “Yes, we do. Although I speak mostly Russian, and Ukrainian is a bit more difficult for me. I think that they might replace it in the curriculum with some other language one day.”

Zhenya: "Our English teacher is gone, so we have more classes in Russian instead of English".


One mother, Olga, was about to speak: “Thank you for the help for our children, we didn’t expect this. This aid is very important for us—our children are disabled, we cannot leave our homes that easily. Healthy children also wish to have everything, but that’s still not comparable to ours, who always get less. Thank you, now we have everything we need. I hope the war ends soon.”.

Another woman beside it joins the conversation. "Thank you for caring about us, thank you for thinking of us, not forgetting the townspeople. Thank You ".

img_0450aaPolina, 17, speaking on behalf of children: “Thanks to all those people who do such good things and help the others. This humanitarian aid is help for the children who cannot speak or move. It is the most pleasant thing for them—a gleam of joy for every child and every parent whose children have disabilities. It is a ray of light for all children. Thank you very much.”

The other Polina, With whom we had spoken before, adds: "Thanks for coming. We are very happy. Thank You ".

Ekaterina Vladimirovna Chigrin, Director of the center: "We have 16 children in our department, children with disabilities. Obviously, these children need special care, so we are very grateful for this help. In our district there are 160 children with problems that are not registered in our center and we would like to help them too, if possible. We appreciate this support on behalf of workers, parents and children "He said before presenting a letter of thanks from parents and downtown workers.

At the end, somebody began to talk about medication. I suggested the parents write down the names of all the medicines which their children needed. The mothers started making a list immediately. Once I obtain them, our humanitarian mission will go on.



Humanitarian assistance is still needed in Perevalsk.