A space for self-service and household skills
In Kolomna city, located near Moscow, there is an organization for children with mental disabilities. These are children with mental disabilities, orphans and kids left without parental care, or children who live in a family and visit the Center every day. Some of them still remember their mother and father left them. Someone was transferred from the orphanage, which means that they were refused in the maternity hospital. There are 400 children (271 children live there permanently, the rest of them live there just five days a week) in the organization, 187 of them participate in the social adaptation program.
Most of the children need health and medical care, as well as rehabilitation with a psychologist, socialization classes. Until 18 years old, if they are not adopted, they live in the orphanage. And then they will have an independent adult life. How they will cope in their adult life is a complicated question, because they need to learn a lot. We are talking about the skills called "self-service and economic-household skills". In other words, this is the ability to wash dishes, do shopping, pay for products, cook, iron and so on. They seem to be such elementary things. But if a child does not have the experience of family life, he cannot learn from the example of parents the simplest household habits and skills. Pupils of the boarding school are shown by the teachers in special classes; they cannot learn all this from anywhere.
Our Foundation has financed the arrangement of a room for self-service and household skills development classes in Kolomensky orphanage. The room is furnished in an apartment type with furniture and equipment. Everything looks like in a usual flat. A space has been created for training children with disabilities with sanitary and household skills, to prepare them for further independent living. Here the children learn how to do cleaning, use household products, iron clothes, learn safety rules, wash floors, clean windows and so on. In addition, they go to a supermarket, learn to choose food, pay for it, and cook simple food.
In the process of training, most of the children went to the supermarket and bought some food first time. Without such activities, children cannot find out what it's like to live in an apartment on your own, do something by yourself, who to ask for help if needed.