Letter of Gratitude from Group "Vyaselka" on Participation in the "Inclusive Belarus" CampaignJan 23, 2017
Dear Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha!
We are very grateful to you for inviting us to participate in the «Inclusive Belarus» campaign. We are deeply impressed with the scale of work we have done and the importance of what we have achieved together.
The participation of group «Vyaselka» in the campaign was a miracle. It has provided us with new contacts and opportunities. We had been dreaming of telling about our art to as many people as possible and it happened thanks to you! A creative group from a small town got a chance to perform on a big stage in front of the whole Republic. This indeed has been the best reward for our work!
That is why we would like to share our impressions with you.
First of all, the campaign has been life-changing for the children. Participants of the group are children with severe disabilities. Being engaged in a creative team, they receive equal opportunities with everyone else. Working on stage gives them an invaluable experience of socializing, and leaving their fears behind. And we can observe these changes now.
Secondly, it was very important for the professionals. As they watched the children in a new environment, they found new contacts, gained new experiences, and developed new skills themselves. Thirdly, it was necessary for the parents. A mother, who accompanied one of the children said: “I saw that we are not alone in our trouble, that there are people who understand our situation and talk about our problems. And it`s great! I believe that my child can become a star too.” And lastly, it has been very meaningful for the whole group «Vyaselka», because we are now convinced that we can do a lot together. The applause of the audience gave us strength and willingness to move on.
We are grateful to you for arranging our arrival and accommodation. Everything was amazing. But we still have dreams. We want to receive the official status of an «inclusive group».
After participating in the campaign, we have realized that we can apply for it.