Russian diocese donates equipment for rehabilitation of disabled children

Zlatoust, Russia, March 31, 2021

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On March 18, the Zlatoust Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church delivered special equipment for the rehabilitation of children with disabilities to the “Hope” Department for the Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities.

The donation is part of the Assistance to Children Church program, which was among the winners of the Presidential Grants Fund competition, reports the diocesan site.

The main goal of this charity project is to improve the quality of life of families raising children with disabilities by creating specialized gyms equipped with modern technical means of rehabilitation.

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At there ceremony, His Grace Bishop Innokenty of Zlatoust noted that, thanks to the win in the competition, the diocese is able to purchase technical rehab equipment for disabled people, which state institutions are not always able to afford.

“I’m glad the Zlatoust Diocese doesn’t just stand off to the side, but tries to help where this help is greatly needed,” responded Evgenia Mayorova, the Commissioner for Children’s Rights of the Chelyabinsk Province.

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The diocese donated several pieces of equipment, including two specialized neuro-orthopedic rehabilitation suits, a horseback riding simulator (to strengthen the abdomen, back, and thighs), a vibration platform, an exercise bike, rehabilitation and rowing equipment, a treadmill, a specialized jungle gym, and two wheelchairs for children with cerebral palsy.

Altogether, the equipment cost $5,960 (450,000 rubles).

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All the children being treated at the Department also received gift certificates to a local children’s store.

Assistance to Children is the third part of the Zlatoust Diocese’s program that received support from the Presidential Grants Fund. The first part was aimed at supporting the poor who have temporarily lost the ability to self-care, the elderly, and people with disabilities. The second part was to donate a special bus for transporting people with limited mobility.

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