Representatives of the DPR Human Rights Ombudsman Office conducted an inspection of living conditions in the state educational institution “Torez Children’s Home for children of preschool and primary school age.” Currently, 26 orphans and children deprived of parental care aged between 5 and 17 attend the school.
The children’s home occupies one wing of a three-storey building. On the first floor, there are rooms for social adaptation, a doctor’s room, an isolation ward, a canteen, a kitchen and storage space. On the second floor, there are patients’ bedrooms, classrooms for self-studying, a library, a playroom, rooms for leisure and recreation, bathrooms. The third floor is held in reserve. Outside there are a playground and a sports ground, a recreation area, a laundry in a separate building and a garage.
Medical personnel look after children 24 hours. In case of need, and in order to conduct periodic medical examinations, medical staff of local treatment and preventive care institutions are involved.
The pre-school education of children is organised in the municipal organization of preschool education “Torez Children’s Home”, and education of school-age children – in state educational institution “Torez School No.24.”
In order to organise leisure time for children, the institution regularly organises cultural and leisure activities dedicated to holidays and memorial days, as well as poetry readings, sports games, contests and competitions. The children attend public events in Torez and other cities of the Donetsk People’s Republic under the supervision of staff of the children’s home.
As part of the visit, representatives of the Ombudsman Office met the leading staff of the institution. They discussed the current needs of the institution for maintenance and medicine supplies. Staff of the Ombudsman Office are going to conduct a follow-up visit to the Torez Children’s Home for children of preschool and primary school age.