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Bring parental care to orphans whilst they are in hospital

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20026

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Our goal
We want to provide warmth, love, and attention for babies left in hospital without parental care.
The Challenge

Children are being left in hospitals in Russia without parental care.

Of the 50,210 orphaned children in Russian federal databases, only 1% (young babies with no health issues) are highly likely to be adopted (as of 2017). Children with health issues are either admitted into hospital by their orphanage, or left for months in hospital while waiting for placement with a family or into care. Children with serious health issues are the least likely to be adopted and therefore vulnerable to spending significant periods of time unaccompanied in hospital.

Abandoned infants and children can spend months in hospital without affection, play, and emotional support during treatments. Although doctors and nurses tend to the patients' medical needs, hospital staff are not able to provide the affectionate care which is so important to the child's recovery, wellbeing, and quality of life. Being left without a familial structure while unwell can have a destructive mental impact on the child, particularly in the early stages of development.

Our Solution

"SuperMoms" will care for orphans in hospitals in Russia.

Working at Kids' City Hospital in Kaliningrad, charity "I Believe in a Miracle" employs "SuperMoms" to support these children during their most vulnerable time. These nanny-like figures provide round-the-clock care for the children, from changing nappies to giving baths; from feeding and playing, to giving emotional support during treatments and explaining what is happening to the child. The charity also provides basic necessities for children in their care, such as nappies, clothes, and food.

SuperMoms provide 24-hour supervision to orphaned toddlers, babies, and children in serious condition in children's hospitals. They also help teach children aged 2-5 how to feed themselves, potty training, and other social skills. For older children, SuperMoms provide psychological support, help with schoolwork, and take responsibility for behavioral development. With the care of a SuperMom, the abandoned children can regain access to many elements of a traditional parental care structure.

On average, the SuperMoms are caring for around 25 orphaned children at any given time. To ensure that not a single child is left without warmth, attention and care within the walls of the hospital, 139,382 rubles per month are needed. This amount includes the salary of 5 SuperMoms to provide 24 hour care, as well as material support in the form of essentials for each child, such as nappies, formula, clothing, toys, toiletries, and educational items. This works out to $2,116 per month.

Your Impact

You can help provide parental care to an abandoned child in hospital for one month.

Your donation will support the cost of 5 SuperMoms plus day-to-day essentials for the children in their care for 2 months. in 2018, I Believe in a Miracle supported 245 orphaned children in hospital. The daily love and comfort the SuperMoms provide secures the children in a familial structure during their most vulnerable time, giving them the support they need beyond medical care. SuperMoms replace parents when they are absent or unable to be there - helping the children know they are not alone.

$4,355 Minimum Funding Goal
  • 39%-3 24hr SuperMoms: 2 months

  • 24%-2 daytime SuperMoms: 2 months

  • 21%-Material essentials

  • 13%-Taxes: 5 salaries(20.2%)

  • 3%-Stripe fees (2.9%)

$21,773 Campaign Booster Funding

This displays the maximum incremental additional funding the campaign could receive (Maximum Funding Amount (MFA) less Minimum Funding Goal)). For example, if the MFA is $100,000 and the MFG $10,000, it would show the difference of $90,000 here.

  • 39%-3 24hr SuperMoms: 10 months

  • 24%-2 daytime SuperMoms: 10 months

  • 21%-Material essentials: 12 months

  • 13%-Taxes: 5 salaries(20.2%)

  • 3%-Stripe fees (2.9%)

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