“We will gradually bring the children into the open world. No more planned hospitalization.”

St. Sophia and her daughters, Faith, Hope, and Charity

These children are orphans with disabilities, and the “planned hospitalization” is a mental asylum, where all children with disabilities are treated like vegetables. But the St. Sophia Orphanage in Moscow, Russia, says St. Sophia director Svetlana Emelyanova, will resist this policy. The children will learn to dress themselves; they will draw and play music, to the degree they are able. The goal is that, when the come of age, they will be able to live in their homes and not bleak institutions. The management of St. Sophia’s Orphanage was transferred from the state to the Orthodox Church in 1994. To access: St. Sophia Orphanage 

(This article, written by Andrey Kozenko, appeared in MEDUZA on April 6, 2015.)

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