Aiding Children in Ukraine

The House with an Angel, Odessa

 

One of our long-term projects is the support of a charitable foundation for the rehabilitation of disabled children called “Future” based in Odessa, Ukraine. It was established in 1996 as a public non-profit organization for the medical, physical, psychological, educational and social rehabilitation of disabled children. It carries out its work at the Boris Litvak children’s rehabilitation center, known as “The House with the Angel”.

The main goal of the Center is the rehabilitation of disabled children with cerebral palsy, with the aim of maximizing the recovery of their motor functions and their integration into society. The patients of “The House of an Angel” are given the full range of treatments, accommodation with their parents, and even food, absolutely free of charge.
In the last 22 years, ‘The House with an Angel’ provided help to more than 30 thousand children with pathology of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. They came from all regions of Ukraine, as well as from abroad. Up to 150 patients are treated at the Center daily.

Leading methods and advanced technology are used for treatment and rehabilitation of the patients. The state-of-the-art equipment is used for teaching walking skills. Each day, patients receive a wide range of individual exercises and therapies, such as: massage, hydromassage, physiotherapy, mechanical therapy, Vojta (reflex locomotion) therapy, Bobath therapy, Montessori, art therapy, as well as social adaptation classes at the on-site Computer Center. Specialists and the medical staff of ‘The House with an Angel’ conduct diagnostic studies, outpatient consultations, corrective speech therapy and psychological and pedagogical classes.

The Center pays special attention to the family of the child receiving treatment: there are daily ‘School for Parents’ classes, in which family members are taught the basics of setting up the rehabilitation process at home, and during which individual psychological and legal assistance is provided. Parents also receive a gift – a book, written by experts of the Center, with recommendations for the rehabilitation of the child at home.