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Teenagers with down syndrome learn to care for animals

For the second year in a row, teenagers with down syndrome came to the centre for pet nutrition studies to help their employees in their daily work and, of course, to communicate with its furry inhabitants. The centre contains about a hundred dogs of different breeds; small chihuahuas, a huge Central Asian shepherd dog, poodles, pomeranians and many others. The dogs welcomed the guests with joyful barking!

Children were positioned in pairs and went to the work sites under the leadership of skilled experts. Their duties included the care of the dogs, cleaning of the territory, walking and even basic animal training. Volunteers washed dogs, combed the fur, poured water in jugs, washed the cages and cleaned the area. Then the handlers allowed the children to take the dogs on a leash and ordering them to perform various commands.

It is impossible to describe how happy then children looked at this moment! It is difficult to come up with a more effective reward for their voluntary work contribution at the centre. But the guests were in store another surprise: the celebration in honour of the birthday of the dog-symbol of the Centre - a huge good-natured Central Asian shepherd named Yasha, who turned 11 years old. In memory of Yasha photos with the guests were taken and our children drew pictures on the pavement with chalk. To end the day, everybody sat at the table with festive treats.

Representatives of the CHARITY BALL met with children with down syndrome

Downside Up received the representatives of the international organization Charity Ball and Johnson & Johnson. They congratulated the children who are the heroes of photo exhibition and a series of # FOOTBALLVOBLAGO-videos, FIFA presentation programs in which teenagers participated in the opening videos, FIFA presentation programs in which teenagers participated in the opening of the iconic matches of the world Cup 2018 FIFA world Cup, volunteers and participants of the festival FIFA Foundation Festival 2018.

Each teenager received a letter of thanks and gifts from the Foundation. The head of the Charity ball, Ethan king, gave the children soccer balls.

Charity ball is a non-videos, FIFA presentation programs in which teenagers participated in the opening profit organization supported by FIFA. Charity ball helps socially vulnerable communities in different countries. Representatives of the organization give children soccer balls as a symbol of the game, which brings together representatives of different races and origins. All great games begin with the ball in the field.

A girl with Down's syndrome opened the FIFA World Cup

It happened! A unique event in the world of sports! For the first time in history, the World Championship in football FIFA 2018, which takes place in Russia, was opened by Angelina Makarova, a 12-year-old girl with Down Syndrome. Trust fund "Love syndrome" as an accompanying judge went on the field with captains of national teams and together with the arbiter defined the roles teams of Russia and Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the world championship.

Angelina studies in the 5th form of the Moscow school, she is actively involved in sports. She has a second youth category in swimming. Lina is the winner and prize-winner of all-Russian and city competitions for people with Down's syndrome in the category of LIN, the prize-winner of the Special Olympics games in individual standings on the short track. Angelina loves football since childhood. Twice a week she goes to the football team, where dozens Other children with Down's syndrome under the leadership of Alexander Sergeevich Makhov, dean faculty of physical culture RSSU, are engaged in football.

For 2 years the social program FIFA "Football for Hope" in our country supports the education of children and adolescents with Down Syndrome of this game. Football teams for children with Down syndrome - the first Downside Up, Love Syndrome and Russian State University.

Earlier, Angelina became the heroine of the photo exhibition # FOOTBALLVOBLAGO, which now takes place in International Airport "Sheremetyevo" and will finish on July 31. She and the other guys with Down's syndrome from the football team became the protagonists of the photo exhibition along with the players from the Russian national team and several football clubs, football legends, coaches and sports commentators.

The exhibition is held within the framework of the All-Russian Charity Project # FOOTBALLVOBLAGO, based on the idea of ​​the social importance of football, its developmental and unifying mission. The funds raised during the project will be used to create football in the regions for people with Down's syndrome and the organization in 2019 of open competitions on mini- football in Moscow.

Teenagers with Down syndrome went on a tour of the Danone factory

Teenagers attending vocational guidance and theatre workshop in the “Downside Up Charity Fund” went on a parent-guided tour of the Danone factory located in Lyubuchany village near to Chekhov.

Young guests were warmly welcomed at the factory. Before the tour, they watched the film about safety rules on the factory together with the guides Nadezhda and Ksenia. 26 participants made up two groups – one group visited production facilities while the other was invited to product tastings and master classes.

We were pleased that much attention is paid to safety and sterility on the factory. At the entrance the guests were asked to take off all jewelry; each group member was given a disposable cap, a robe, and special shoes. Then everybody washed hands with a washing liquid in a special room. It is noisy on the factory, so head-phones are a must. They protect ears and allow listening to what the guide says. Young people watched the process of packing ready dairy products into glasses and bottles.

Afterwards everybody went to the master class. The guide told why yogurts are good for health. Then came the tasting. Later on, one of the teenagers’ mom shared her impressions: “The most amazing for me was the fact that Alesha enjoyed eating fruit-flavoured yogurt. It was only with chocolate that he ate before.”

During the master class the guests could design a package and make a yogurt by their own recipe. The guests were given plain yogurt, cans with different jams, and empty bowls, they could mix different flavours and taste the result. After that, everyone created his/her own package design with the help of paints and brushes. The tour lasted for almost three hours, but this time passed very quickly.

Charity Fund «Downside Up» held a traditional charity Bicycle Race

The end of this summer charity season «Sport for a cause» -2017 was marked by two cycling events: «Velosotnia» on August 26 and «Bicycle Race» on August 27. During this year all companies, who took part in «Velosotnia» raised more than 17 million rubles for charitable programs to help children with Down syndrome and their families.

Several corporate teams took part in «Velosotnia» in the vast territories of Kaluga oblast this year. 11 amateur teams also supported the cycling event. Teams got over 110-kilometers of routes during the race and received unforgettable impressions.

Together with young cyclists from «The Center for family support of «Downside Up» their parents and young people with Down syndrome also conquered the roads, among them: Andrey Vostrikov — multiple world champion in gymnastics among people with specific mental characteristics, winner of more than 70 medals and Stepan Bezrukov — swimmer, who already has over 20 medals.

At the finish, the convoy was greeted by the most devoted fans — young wards of «The Center for family support of «Downside Up». They welcomed the participants by touching response ride on children's bicycles. Families and friends came to support the young cyclists.

Children with Down syndrome have got acquainted with the work of the Fire Service

Children with Down syndrome visited Fire Station No. 4 in Moscow. The guys and their parents were shown the firefighters on duty, where they live while on standby duty, how they receive fire-alarm calls and what tools and equipment they have.

Young visitors also were told how to put out a fire properly and how to behave upon detection of fire. The biggest excitement and emotions were from a photo session in a real fire truck and splashing around under water jet spray on a hot summer day.

Teens with Ddown syndrome participated in «Volunteer day»

Children in ward of «Downside Up» charity fund participated in «Volunteer day» under the auspices of companon animals`s nutrition Center located in Moscow satellite town Lukovicy. All cynologists, vets and office staff of the Center welcomed «sunny» volunteers.

Founded in 2009 in Lukovicy the Center today is a home for little under one hundred different breeds of dogs, such as tiny chihuahua, central asian ovcharka, poodles, spitz and others, popular among dog fanciers. Dogs of small breeds live in a modern one-floor building with offices, for staff only rooms, and a big hall cabined off for multiple «appartments».

«For hundreds of thousands years people live under the same roof with companion animals. They make our world a more harmonious place to live in, and people need that cohesion» - welcomed guests acting director of the Center Tatyana Belyavskaya.

Two by two under the guidence of experienced personel children were off to water dogs and cleaning. The most experienced volunteers had to scrub and flea dogs in special hairdressing room.

The day finished with exchanging of gifts. Nadezhda Yakovleva, the lead specialist of «Downside Up» charity fund, presented staff of the Center with desk loose-leaf calendars pictured with drawings of «sunny» kids. Tatyana Belyavskaya in return presented children with merit badges of Cynoligists Assistent.

Team of teens with Down syndrome took part in the mini-football tournament «Charity sport»

The Annual spring benefit tournament «Charity sport» has taken place In Moscow`s sport center LFK CSKA. The sole purpose of the tournament was to support children with Down syndrome. 12 teams took part in the tournament. 10 teams represented leading football teams and 2 teams represented children`s parents of «Downside Up» charity fund.

A sum of 1025000 rubles was collected by combined efforts. The money will be spent for football training of teens with Down syndrome as part of the project «Football for hope».

For the first time ever, team of children with Down syndrome took part in competition! They had a friendly game at mini-football against all captain team. Match scores of the game are: first half 4:1, second half 3:0. Survey party from FIFA attended the game. FIFA, with their program «Sport for hope» since 2017 supports football training for children with Down syndrome.

The children for couple of seasons already have been taught to play football by Alexandr Mahov as a coach. Alexandr Mahov is Dean of students in RGSU`s physical education faculty, doctor of education, member of Russian Paralympic Committee.

Downside Up has grown an orange grove for the children with Down syndrome

«Downside Up» charity fund has recently had promotional program «To give the orange». Our activity was coincided with March 21, World Down syndrome day. We pursued the purpose to draw attention to mentally challenged people and raise funds for supporting people with Down syndrome. We chose an orange as our simbol because of it`s resembling to sun. As you may know people with Down syndrome are often called «sunshiny».

It was easy to take part in our promotional program. All it took was internet. Everyone could visit our web-site, choose one of the fruits from the large tree and make a donation, making the fruit grow. After two weeks 1101 oranges were grown and 1240377 rubles were raised for «sunshine kids».

Money we`ve raised together will be spent for speech therapists, teachers and other necessities for «sunshiny kids» including special social programs development.

Our fund also provides psychological, pedagogical and social services for mentally challenged children and their families. We have helped to more than 7000 mentally challenged children and trained 16000 social and medical workers since 1997.

The theatre workshop Downside Up presented a new performance «Alice's dream»

On March, 21 the World Down Syndrome Day was observed across the globe. Following a recent but already heartwarming tradition the theatre workshop acting under the auspices of the Downside Up charitable foundation has staged a new performance styled as a shadow show to mark this day. The performance is called «Alice's dream» and is based on Lewis Carroll's well-known book «Alice in Wonderland».

Preceding the show, Ms. Anna Portugalova, director of the Downside Up charitable foundation, greeted everyone with a speech: «All our girls and boys, members of the theatre workshop, have been preparing for this day for a long time, rehearsing and doing their best. We see how they unfold and shape their talents in the course of the theatre classes, and we are delighted with them».

The preparation works for new performance have been launched last оctober. «There are nearly thirty acts in the performance, and these imply numerous scenes, positions and movements, - the theatre director Nicholai Ilnitzkiy says. - We have assembled all parts of the performance together only for the final rehearsal which took place yesterday. Before we had to master the stuff through trainings aimed at developing attention, imagination, emotional and physical activity memory».

«Alice's dream» is another exact coincidence with the spectators and actors emotional mood, with deliberate entwinement of conceptual emphasis and symbols. This allows the director to say: «We staged the performance upon Carroll's work but about our stuff». It's true, there is more than enough of «own» stuff in Carroll's fairytale in sync with the problems of integrating special people into everyday life.

«Magic», «wonder» or, as Alice herself put it in Carroll's fairytale, «curiouser and curiouser» - such words could be used to describe the impression of the first night. Both the fragile, appealing shape of Alice and the disappearing smile of the Cheshire Cat as well as the extraordinary expressive plasticity of the Hatter, and the «Tea Parties» performed by the «sunny» actors at the fabulous professional mastery level - all of this made a deep long lasting impression on the spectators.

If there is anything one could regret after such a magnificent show the only thing would probably be that it ended up so quickly.

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