Diema's Dream Village is a Charity Program, created to support young adults over 18 years old, who have severe cases of mental or physical disabilities.
This Program is the only one of its kind in Russia. The goal of our Village is to provide help and a permanent home for disabled young adults and to hold integrated camps throughout the year hosting younger orphans and children from families.
With your help, we are creating an integrated living space for the young adults. As a result of our program, a new Model of Social Help for Russian Disabled Children over 18 years of age, is being created and tested.
For the first time, most of the disabled orphans will find out what it's like to be living in a home and not in an institution. During their stay in the Village, they will continue with their studies, help with cooking, shopping, planting flowers and get to go to the movies. They will have a chance to use their creativity in art classes and workshops. Water therapy is another dream that is on the horizon.
We truly believe if Diema Martinov were alive, he'd be very happy to be living in our Village and have the opportunity to reach his potential.
Purpose of the Village
To create an alternative system of public institutions wtih family living conditions, social adaptation and integration into society of people with special needs, as well as restoring or maintaining the parent-child relationship in families with a disabled child and social support.
Disabled orphans, whom we have been taken care of for the last 18 years, have grown up. As well as thousands of their disabled peers, they are to be sent to mental institutions. We can't leave them behind. They are lost without our help. They are OUR children. Every year many specialists who work with disabled orphans ask us to provide support and help for disabled children over 18. Families of the disabled young adults come to us with the same problems. They are looking for any opportunity to improve the living conditions for their children and their acceptance by society.
In our country, disabled children who grew up in families, as well as orphans with severe disabilities, progress in their development when they have been treated with modern techniques for rehabilitation.
But in the existing system of Social Security, all disabled children who turn 18 are sent to mental institutions.
These places have no resemblance to home. In the conditions of complete isolation children suffer, develop depression, become unsociable and finally - lose all interest in life.
- In spite of the positive steps being taken in the direction of improving the governmental social policies, the necessary infrastructure needs to be developed for integrating disabled people into society.
- Most public places still lack elevators and ramps for the wheel chairs.
- There is still an issue with housing and unemployment of disabled people.
- Society itself is still not tolerant nor accepting nor do they treat disabled people with respect.
- There is still a huge problem with adoption of disabled orphans. The existing programs are extremely limited and do not allow adoption of severely mentally or physically disabled children.
Each person is unique, especially people with disabilities or special needs. The State Social Security System is able to meet these challenges because of the huge number of people in need. Like any orphan or disabled person, they have a need for family comfort and care in their personal space and sense of self worth to others. We do not undertake to change the system, but want to help. We strive to give more opportunities to those who need and who deserve a better life. We have known many of these disabled orphan children since they were five years old. International law provides that the disabled child, such as our beneficiaries have the same rights as other people. Our beneficiaries, regardless of place of residency in the territory of Russia have these rights:
- adequate medical care and treatment, education, training, rehabilitation and protection, which will allow them to develop their ability and maximum potential;
- to economic security;
- to a satisfactory standard of living.
- Disabled children over 18 years of age who graduate from different facilities for disabled children.
- Disabled children who don't require medical assistance on a day to day basis.
The Village of Diema's Dream is created exclusively by private and corporate donations. Currently, our structures consist of:
- a main house which can provide for 8 young adults, kitchen, bathroom and family room;
- a workshop where our students can learn to draw and construct items;
- a garage;
- a greenhouse for growing flowers for the employment of the young adults for partial cost recovery for the Village;
- a kennel to raise exotic rabbits which the young adults care for that are for sale as partial cost recovery for the Village;