Last year in the Pskov region they held a conference where they discussed the matters of accomodation for orphan children. They set a task to provide them with suitable accomodation using the funds from the regional budget. The regional officials were also advised to look in the eyes the children who leave children’s homes and have no place to live in.
Half a year has passed. Let us see now what accomodation is offered to orphan children by the government.
The road to the Pskov region… Has it been a meteorite shower?
Not a single policeman on the road for 600 km..
Cars do not like local roads…
Meet Misha. He was taken away from his family early, first he was given to a correctional boarding school, later to a boarding school for mentally defective people. Misha has a twin sister with whom he has been growing up. To the boarding school for mentally defective people he was sent for bad behaviour. No person, no problem. Why should they bring up a screwed up kid when he can be just sent to a madhouse? Misha didn’t attend school and it’s still not clear how he managed to learn reading, writing and counting. Being 18 he found himself in a psycho-neurologic boarding house and began preparing for an independant life. In two years he was taken from there by volunteers who started to bring him back to life…
Recently the boarding house has been renovated. It used to be ugly. Misha communicates with his old friends. What he remembers about the previous boarding house: drunk hospital attendants who tortured foster children with electric shock and shabby green walls. Now the walls are pink, there is even a computer but nothing has considerably changed. Nobody does anything to bring foster children to normal life, teach them to work. Nobody cares.
At night mice are bustling about the house… Once Misha woke up when realized he had a mouse on his stomach. He was told it’s such a sign – “he is turned out of the house…”
Volunteers couldn’t understand why the boarding house director was against Misha’s expulsion. They thought that there is some profit connected with the number of children in the house. But they were wrong. Three more children pretended to occupy Misha’s place… The reason was different. Misha was the one who regularly took away the corpses of old people and dug graves… The house need such “smart and hard-working” guys to make them do such work.
Misha was taken away from the house despite the protests of the director…
And Misha got freedom
“Fedkovo” is a project launched in 2009 on the initiative of two volunteers who had been working for long with seniour foster children with mental problems.
In a local shop one can buy anything – from a TV set to a wreath…
This is granny Katya. Misha came to help her about the house. She let him live at her place, taught him to work.
Two months ago granny Katya’s son died. He lost eyesight in Afghanistan, then followed endless attempts to get any compensation from the government, some unsuccessful marriages in a result of which he lost his flat and was forced to pay alimony to aÂ shrewd wife. Then he started drinking and died at the age of 53.
Katya is asking Misha not to drink…