what we do
Naked Heart Foundation supports families of children and young adults with conditions such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and other special needs in post-Soviet states such as Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and more.
This work aims to break the cycle of child institutionalisation and ensure that children with mental and physical disabilities remain with their families, enjoy a happy and fulfilled childhood, and can exercise an equal right to basic opportunities in life.
We were amongst the first charities working with Russian-speaking communities to start applying systemic approach to ensure the help we provide is the most effective.
We carry out extensive educational programmes for childcare specialists and parents/carers, giving them access to the latest effective and internationally approved methods of helping children and adults with special needs.
We drive implementation of best evidence-based support programmes for people with mental, physical or sensory disabilities in Russia and beyond, and work with the world’s leading organisations and institutes.
We are pioneers in the field of inclusive education in Russia. Our trainings for school and pre-school teachers and other specialists allowed hundreds of children previously considered “unteachable” to get access to education and fulfil their potential.
We were at the forefront for changing the way society perceives people with mental and physical disability.
We are active in our dialogue with the media to raise awareness of our cause and the issues surrounding openness and inclusivity in society, championing the rights of children and adults with disabilities.
We create impactful advocacy campaigns with influencers and opinion makers in order to change attitudes to physical, mental and sensory disabilities.
We provide free support services for families of children and young adults with special needs, which give them access to parent-support programmes, early intervention programmes, education in nurseries and state schools, summer camp holidays, preparation for independent living and employment, pre-professional training, legal support and much more;
We work together with partner NGOs to maximise impact. We strongly believe in partnerships and achieving a greater impact through supporting other non-profit organisations committed to the same mission, vision and values as ours. Such approach allows us to expand our reach and help improve more people’s lives faster and more efficiently.
The grants we issue to partner NGOs help children and their families receive access to much-needed social, psychological, legal and educational support services.
related projects:Early Intervention
We create safe and inspiring inclusive play facilities, accessible to children of all physical, mental or sensory abilities. Our play parks are free and open to children of all ages and backgrounds.
We believe that for children, play is not a luxury but a necessity, and that every child should be provided with a secure environment in which to play. Therefore, we create inclusive play facilities in places where there is no-one else to do so.
We were the first charity that started designing and building play facilities with equipment adapted for children with mental and sensory disabilities in Russia and CIS countries.