Life in Russia (and neighbouring countries) for a child with any sort of disability (and their family) can be bleak.
There is still a huge stigma around disability, with many believing that disability automatically means incapacity, a lack of intellect and an inability to love or connect with others – when nothing could be further from the truth!
Many of these children will end up in institutions; sterile environments where they get no affection and little human contact. A place where staff are afraid to play with them or hold them in case they “break”. A place where they get palliative care because they are not expected to live long.
However, our work means that more children than ever now get a chance at a future and to fulfill their potential because we’ve been able to introduce Portage into their lives.
Portage is free and offered routinely across the UK, however that is sadly not the case elsewhere. Your donations help us do more of our life-changing work and teach more care-givers to see the joy in being able to help disabled children lead a happy life.