The Home for Deafblind Children “Detski Dom”
In Sergiev Posad, 60 KM north of Moscow, is one of the few places in Russia that is dedicated to taking care of deaf and blind children. Detski Dom has about 250 children in age from 3-4 to normally 16-18 year. The children are either blind, deaf or both blind and deaf. Approx. 150 of the children are deaf.
Children who come to Detski Dom are usually from poor parents, or without parents, and even if the orphanage is giving food, lodging and education. Help to the individual child, if it cost money, is not given by the state.
Deafness can in many cases “be cured” with hearing aids ,but they are expensive and the orphanage do not have funds to buy hearing aids for the individual child. A good set of hearing aids cost about 1.500 Euro.
RC-MI (Rotary Club Moscow International) has , for the last 8 years been able to collect more than 200.000 $ and for the money supplied 150 sets of hearing aids.
As new deaf children are coming to the orphanage every year, and hearing aids are wearing out after 5-6 years, our task is ongoing. I hope that for the years to come, Rotary Club Moscow International will be able to continue in helping the deaf children at Detski Dom in Sergiev Posad.
Erik Stenfeldt, Project coordinator