The new project of the Orthodox service of assistance “Mercy” is aimed at the care of children in hospitals


Orthodox service of assistance “Mercy” starts a new social project “Kids under Cover”, according to patriarhiei. Volunteers will help in three medical institutions of Moscow: in the Russian children’s clinical hospital, the Morozov hospital and the Scientific-practical center of mental health of children and adolescents in the name of G. E. Sukhareva.

“The children come to the hospital from across the country, they have to spend in the hospital a long time, and it changes their entire habitual way of life. Our volunteers are not just painting and playing with the patients — they create the atmosphere of joy, which helps to recover,” — said the head of the project “Kids under Cover” and coordinator of volunteers at the hospital Veronica Malova.

“This is especially true of our wards at the mental health center — children and adolescents with acute psychosis, schizophrenia, suicidal manifestations, mental retardation, they need support and attention,” adds the coordinator of volunteers in SPC to them. G. E. Sukhareva Natalia Filatkina.

Volunteers spend in hospitals: creative workshops, playing with children awaiting admission in the emergency Department, help families from other regions of Russia to get to the airport, organize events, accompany children on walks, and help in the hospital Church of the intercession of the virgin at the RCCH. While the children are busy with volunteers, parents accompanying children on treatment, have the opportunity to relax and solve domestic issues.

The project needs new volunteers. To participate in the project, to come to a weekly meeting of volunteers, which takes place every Sunday at 11.45 in the Church of St. blgv. the Central African Republic. Dimitry in city clinical hospital № 1 (Moscow, Leninsky prosp., d. 8, korp. 12).

Orthodox service of assistance “Mercy” brings together 27 social projects and annually provides assistance to tens of thousands of needy, seriously ill children and adults, orphans, lonely elderly people and the disabled, the homeless and HIV-positive. Among the service projects “Mercy”: the crisis center “Home for mothers”, Centre of the family unit, Holy Spiridonievsky hospice, children’s palliative mobile service “Mercy” and others.

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