17-year-old Nastia lives in a CCI pioneered Independent Living Facility on the grounds of a Vesnova Children’s Mental Asylum in Belarus. She is well known and dearly loved amongst our volunteers.
Nastia’s achievement is a testament to her hard work, determination and the support she has received from CCI’s volunteers and donors alike. Without the vital support and care Nastia has recieved, this achievement may never have happened.
In this state-of-the-art complex, Nastia has the ability to work with occupational therapists, nurses and teachers to enhance her ability to care for herself in the hopes of one day being freed from an institutionalised life. Each year Nastia travels from Belarus to stay with her loving West Cork family, Sharon and Danny Lynch and their sons from Macroom.
Nastia was abandoned to an institution in Belarus as a baby. She has cerebral palsy and until CCI’s intervention, had never been outside the walls of the institution. She had never experienced simple things like the wind. Since she started visiting Ireland as part of CCI’s Rest and Recuperation Programme she has blossomed. Her visits to Ireland have given her many opportunities, her language skills have improved and she has learnt English, but more importantly it has given her the sense of family that Nastia had been missing.
Well done Nastia!