DIEMAS DREAM FOUNDATION

aka Diemas Dream Fund   |   Arnold, MD   |  http://ddfund.ru

Mission

Diema's Dream founded in 1998 grew out of the need to help Russia's forgotten children, the most severely mentally and physically disabled children. In an unprecedented program, 150 disabled orphans formerly residing in horrific conditions and dying, are currently thriving, growing, learning and being nurtured with loved and food on a daily basis.

The initial goal was to save these children from death. Having accomplished that, we strive to give these children a quality of life by providing treatments and rehabilitation. We endeavor to change societal views regarding the disabled in order to integrate them into society. By offering these services, parents now have hope for their child and are choosing to keep them at home rather than give them up to the state to raise.

We cannot abandon these children who so desperately need our help, despite the economic crisis in Russia. Even though the crisis is difficult for companies and individuals in Russia, the circumstances are most dire for Diema's Dream and other non-profits who are trying to make a difference in the lives of disabled Russian children!

Notes from the nonprofit

When a child has difficult and multiple violations of intellectual and physical development - for their development they need to literally fight. The complex structure of defects requires daily involvement of experts to develop the most special child and discover its potential.

Only then we can say that in Russia's society the quality of life of children meets their needs.

Taking care of children with severe and multiple disabilities every day, every person has the opportunity to prove and their best qualities - kindness, participation, understanding, the ability to maintain one's neighbor.

We believe that children with severe mental retardation and physical disabilities is extremely difficult to develop in the current conditions of the state institutions. The child must live in the family. He needs a caring adult individual. Staff of the facility changes, the child can transfer from one children's home / center to another. In this system there is no continuity. As a result, the new nurse, educators and teachers do not know about the child's personal achievements, their potential for development; when development stops, the child loses all skills attained and feels even more impaired and helpless.

We believe that these special children come into the world to save it from the callousness of hearts, from daily problems, to teach us to be happy to take life as it is and be thankful for all things.

We want these special children to live in dignity and to have the opportunity to individually develop and achieve their feasible potential and maximize their talents. It also favors the family placement of children with severe and multiple disabilities and to the prevention of child abandonment.

Ruling year info

1999

Founder

Mrs. Mary Dudley

Executive Director/CFO

Debra A Cockrell

Main address

213 Mill Harbor Drive

Arnold, MD 21012 USA

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EIN

36-4254630

NTEE code info

Nerve, Muscle and Bone Diseases (G50)

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Our programs

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Dream to Live

Improving the quality of life of Russian orphans and children with severe and multiple disabilities by providing habilitation, rehabilitation, treatment and social adaptation.

Population(s) Served

promote changes to improve the quality of life for children with congenital and acquired disorders of physical development. Parents of children with disabilities do not have the opportunity to pay for the expensive treatment and the state’s allocated funds and quotas is sorely lacking. In the framework of the program, we pay for the treatment and rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy and other serious diseases in the best medical institutions of Russia, Ukraine, other countries of Europe and China.

Population(s) Served

To improve the quality of life for orphaned children with severe and multiple developmental disorders brought up in state institutions. In the framework of the program, we help children's homes and boarding schools acquire the means of rehabilitation, medicines, special furniture, books and teaching materials; organize the necessary medical assistance in complex cases and organize interesting events for the children.

Population(s) Served

In a family type atmosphere, we provide social adaptation and integration into society of young adults with special needs. These young adults have been disabled from childhood and reside in state institutions. People with disabilities in Russia often experience difficulties in everyday life, employment, communication due to the unsuitability of the external environment to their special needs, but also because of the prejudices of the society in relation to itself. In the framework of the program, we help young disabled people to make friends, provide opportunities for training and socialization. For them, we are building a Diema’s Dream Village.

Population(s) Served

Overcoming the situation of social exclusion of families raising a disabled child with severe and multiple developmental disorders through the support of the Family Center. The specialists of Diema’s Dream Family Center consult with parents and provide classes for children with peculiarities of development, teach the parents the skills required in the field of rehabilitation and training, methodological materials and just moral support in difficult situations. From April 2011, in the framework of the program operates the projects "Volunteers to Families" and “Home Visit’s”.

Population(s) Served

To create a website to disseminate information and resources to parents and families raising a disabled Russian child.

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To improve the lives of disabled Russian orphans and children living with families by providing operations, rehabilitation, therapy sessions, life skills, medical equipment and medicines, support to families raising a disabled child and creating a social network of the families to overcome the social isolation, to provide Summer Camps as a respite for young adults who are disabled from birth who live in state institutions. There are over 700,000 orphans in Russia, increasing by 113,000 per year. Of those 617,000 are disabled. There are 2,176 orphanages in Russia which is 100% increase in the last decade. 15% to 20% of newborn Russian babies are considered unhealthy. In hospitals, 70% of medical equipment is outdated or broken. Disabled orphans and children are a low priority to receive medical attention, operations or rehabilitations. Our goal is to help as many disabled Russian orphans and children as possible. We are only limited by available funding. From year to year, as our fundraising potential increases, we are able to help more children with special needs; however, we have waiting lists of children who need operations and treatments, as well as, children waiting to be admitted to our Family Center for therapy.

We host an annual event to raise the majority of funds to support our programs. We reach out to our supporters and donors, with our e-newsletters. We report on the successes of the children we have helped, as well as, telling about children who still need our help and what treatments are required and the cost. We participate in charity bazars and brunches to raise funds. We have a network of social media. We are starting social awareness campaigns to reach out to Russian citizens to inform them of the plight of the special needs children.

We raise funds in the US, UK and Russia to support our programs in Russia. Since we began fundraising annually in 2005 in Russia, we have over 50 corporate sponsors and donors that we reach out to. We have a strong connection to the ex-pat community in Moscow, that have supported our cause for over 8 years. For over 15 years, we have reached out to contacts, supporters and donors in the US and UK by hosting 75 fundraising events. We will continue to propose an endowment plan to any resource we can find. The major obstacle is funding, as we have the specialists to help these children. With funding we can hire more specialists and help more children. To further our work with our Family Center children, we need an appropriate facility to hold therapy sessions. We continue in this endeavor.

We have helped thousands of disabled orphaned children and children with families. But there are thousands more children with special needs who need our help. Every day we receive many requests from families and orphanages. We are only limited by available funding.

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DIEMAS DREAM FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 06/23/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mary Dudley

Diema's Dream Foundation

Term: 1998 -

Debra Cockrell

Diema's Dream Foundation

Mary Dudley

Diema's Dream Foundation

Board leadership practices

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    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes