Our projects

All of the ARC-supported projects have been chosen with great care.

All of these Russian initiatives seek to improve the lives of disabled and underprivileged young people and their families through the provision of education, physiotherapy and psychological therapeutic methods.


Open Art Theatre

Director: Oksana Terechenko

A musical theatre group for young people and adults with Down syndrome, this inspirational project is unique to Russia. The actors and musicians constantly rehearse in order to perform an impressive range of regularly-staged productions. In 2010 they presented Carmen and The Princess and the Pea, both of these were performed before a variety of different audiences. They pursue a policy of performing in Russian schools, in order to raise public awareness of Down syndrome.

Other ARC Projects

  • Provides top-up education for young people who have been through the State orphanage system.

  • Early diagnosis, physical rehabilitation & educative support for children with special needs.

  • Project works to improve the quality of life for Russian children with Downs syndrome.

  • Provides support & education for socially deprived children & young people in the Chertanovo district of Moscow.

  • The IDFP was founded in 2012 by Lyudmila Petranovskaya, one of Russia’s leading family placement experts and a high profile campaigner for improving the life chances of at-risk and abandoned children

  • The essential mission of Krug is to work towards the integration of children & young people with special needs and their families, into Russian society & culture. 

  • We are supporting one of Otkazniki's projects called "Warm Home". Otkazniki receive calls from Moscow hospitals about mothers at risk of abandoning their newborn babies. They send psychologists in the first 24 hours who work with these women. Their success rate is 60% prevention of abandonment.

  • A Rehabilitation Centre for Children with Special Needs, they also run a busy and successful hippotherapy riding centre.

  • ARC is funding a two-year course of UK-practitioner methods of physiotherapy-ergotherapy, led by Dr Klochkova & a team of specialists from The Mechkinov Academy in St Petersburg.

  • Rehabilitation centre for children with special needs. They also run a successful hippotherapy riding centre.

  • Supports single-parent families and disadvantaged children in Moscow.

  • The Resource Centre is a key project of Here and Now, a non-profit organisation helping social orphans

  • Project works with young people who have been through the State care system of children’s homes and internats.