"Hide." This was the main idea, for generations, for any family of a disabled child in Belarus. It was assumed that a child with physical or mental disabilities should be mostly hidden from view. Kept out of society. As if they didn’t exist.
Today, there’s a refreshing new wave of openness. Parents of children with disabilities have formed associations to support each other — to give their children opportunities that any child would enjoy: an outing to the circus, a week at summer camp, a trip to the big city!
For many Belarusian families, especially in the villages, these types of excursions would be impossible — there’s simply no money to spare.
But friends of New Thing step in to make the miracle possible.
And even on “ordinary” days, we’re there. If a parent can’t work because they need to provide fulltime care to a child with disabilities, we provide humanitarian aid to help make ends meet.
We also help in institutions devoted to children with disabilities — like the laundry and ironing equipment we provided at Molotkovichskaya, so kids could learn basic “home ec” skills.