Samara City Public and Non-Profit Organisation of Disabled People using Wheelchairs “Desnitsa Association” (RUS-3)

Type: Disabled - Country: Russian Federation

Brief description and main aims

Samara Non-governmental Organiasation of Wheelchair Users Desnitsa Association was established in 1997. It is affiliated with Samara Regional Public Organization of the All-Russian Society of the Disabled. Their mission is to provide integration of the disabled people of Samara region into society and to promote the ideas of independent life philosophy and social approach to disability.

Our main goals are to protect the rights and interests of disabled people, to provide disabled people with equal opportunities to participate in all spheres of social life and to integrate disabled people into society.

Main Activities

"Desnitsa Association" cooperates with local government, profit organisations and the media to carry out social programs, to adapt environment for disabled people and to break stereotypes which are in the society to people with disabilities.

We also collaborate with Russian and foreign non-profit organisations to promote the ideas of independent living philosophy and social approach to disability into the conscience of the public and to unite forces with everyone who is interested in establishment and development of volunteer’s movement.

Our target group is the disabled people of different age and kind of disability, including the disabled children, their families, NGOs and the community.

The project's main activities include:

  • providing disabled people with legal assistance, advocating their legitimate rights and social benefits
  • providing services for disabled people to achieve their overall rehabilitation
  • raising awareness of disabilities in order to secure the civil rights and observe the legitimate interests of disabled people

Volunteer tasks

Example of weekly activities


  • 10:00-13:00 - Participation at the general staff meeting: weekly report on the activities; volunteer reports the problems in the families of the disabled people visited and discussion of the possible ways of resolving these problems; planning of the coming week’s activities; general information about the activities of the organization, tasks of each participant,
  • 14:00-17:00 - Work in families (assisting disabled people in their every-day activities, during shopping or housework)
  • 10:00 –13:00 - Work with the families,
  • 14:00- 17:00 Work with the families
  • 10:00 – 13:00 - Assisting the staff in the office,
  • 14:00 - 17:00 - Assisting the staff at the preparation of events planned by the organisation
  • 10:00 – 13:00 - Work in the families,
  • 14:00-17:00 - Organise activities for the disabled (visiting theatre or exhibition)
  • 10:00 – 13:00 - Work with the families (assisting disabled people in their everyday activities, during shopping or housework),
  • 14:00-17:00 - Assisting the staff in the office
Saturday and Sunday – days off

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The volunteer should:

  • be interested in the subject of disabled people.
  • be motivated to participate in many different activities
  • be willing to take a lot of initiatives 
  • be patient, creative, and enthusiastic
  • be willing to work with the disabled 
  • create new activities based on their experience of intercultural education
Desnitsa would like to cooperate with other organizations, which have similar activities: helping the disabled and fighting for their rights and inclusive education.


The project is located in Samara.

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