Bolshaya Peremena (Big Change)
Upon entering a Russian orphanage, many young people lag behind their peers by 2-3 years in terms of their level of maturity and intellectual abilities. This gap grows much wider during their time in the orphanage so, when they’re emancipated at age 18, they lag behind their peers by 6-7 years. As a result, 70% of children living in the orphanages are misdiagnosed as mentally challenged and placed in specialized care. Bolshaya Peremena works with orphans and orphanage graduates in the greater Moscow area to determine a path, complete their education, choose a profession and gain the confidence and skills required for independence.
With EMpower’s third grant, Big Change is set to complete the methodological work started last year as well as implement newly developed approaches to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their supplementary educational and life skills program for orphanage graduates.