|Charitable Relief Union of Disabled Children
Health and education
for disabled children
Prkutiun was founded in October 1997 and focuses on rehabilitation, medical
care and training of about 600 disabled children. Prkutiun is an Armenian
word that has several meanings, one of which is rescuers.
The mission of the Rescuers is to help disabled help themselves, through addressing
their social and health needs. This is done through: Medical treatment, Purchase
of necessary medical equipment, supplies and medicine, Promotion of their
education, Vocational training, Developing physical and mental skills, Helping
the families of disabled children.
The Rescuers are located in a kindergarten building; the local Municipality
has provided this section of the kindergarten to the organization free. The
building currently is under repair. Given economic hardships many families
cannot afford taking their disabled children to special institutions or schools.
These children have special needs and therefore, they need special training
and certain living conditions. The main beneficiaries of the Rescuers are
children with mental and/or physical disabilities.
The Rescuers promote development of children according to their interests
and physical and mental abilities. About 30 children attend the center from
11am to 4 pm and are served lunch daily. The tutors work with children helping
them gain basic knowledge and skills in Armenian, Russian, math, singing,
drawing, physical activities as well as handcraft. The psychologist and speech
therapist work with children to provide some counseling and address speech
defects. The Rescuers also organize different social and cultural activities,
trips for disabled and their families, special event parties, etc.
The organization has organized treatment of 30 children in different hospitals
of Yerevan (capital city of Armenia). For example, the Rescuers have assisted
6 children with artificial eyes. This is an invaluable thing for the kids,
however, these eyes need to be changed every 6 month given the children’s
physical growth and changes in their bones and muscles. The associated risk
is that if not changed in time, the eyes get irritated and can damage the
Project description This project is aimed at protecting the right to education
for disabled children via special education and training. The project also
aims at promoting physical and occupational rehabilitation and overall health
of disabled. With mental restrictions physical health is a primary asset for
many of these kids.
Nevertheless, the center does not have the necessary supplies and equipment
to ensure proper conditions for education, training or recreation. The building
is under renovation. Renovations for this year were completed for a ribbon
cutting by the Mayor of the District and Prkutiun Director Arpi Abrahamyan.
The renovation design includes rooms for physical therapy, speech therapist,
regular classrooms for classes and recreation, as well as doctor’s room and
administrative department. The list of necessary equipment and furniture are