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Down Syndrome Socialization


Building self-esteem, socialization and public acceptance of people with Down syndrome.

“The Theatre of Open-hearted” was created in 1999 by theater and cinema actor Igor Neupokoev. All actors are people with Down syndrome.

This theater provides a great opportunity for people with Down syndrome to share with us their feelings and soul, via performances. The stage is the unique place where these people can build self-confidence, esteem and meet with spectators as an equal. Great progress in their integration into society is accomplished by playing roles in the Theater of Open-hearted.

The theater has difficulties do to a lack of a stage. Renting of theaters is very expensive, making it almost impossible to conduct the performances. A solution to the problem has been found, give performances in memorial sites and historic halls. However, these facilities are not equipped for theatrical productions.

This project will give the “Theater” its own light and sound equipment enabling it to give performances in museums, churches and other places. This supports our main idea - Socialize disabled people by means of the theater.

The mobile equipment will also make it possible for the “Theater” to give performances in towns across Russia, providing greater socialization and giving an example of how to integrate these special people into society.

The purchase of the equipment will be completed within 60 days of receiving funding. However, the use and benefit of the equipment and the involvement of the Rotary Club of Moscow-East will continue for years to come. With proper equipment, the theater will be able to become self-supporting, however the need for Rotarian hands on involvement will continue.

Rotary Club "Moscow-East" has been actively involved with this theater for more than 2 years.

Primary Host Partner in the Project Country

Club: Moscow-East

District: 2220

Primary Contact: Elena Matveeva


Check all projects from: [District 2220] [Moscow-East Rotary Club] [Elena Matveeva]

Primary International Partner Outside the Project Country

Club: Birdsboro

District: 7430

Primary Contact: Todd Bowman


Check all projects from: [District 7430] [Birdsboro Rotary Club] [Todd Bowman]

Proposed Financing

Primary Host Sponsor Rotary Club/District

Rotary Club of Moscow-East


District 2220 DDF


Primary International Sponsor Rotary Club/District

District 7430 DDF


Additional Rotary Clubs/Districts

Rotary Club of Seattle


District 5030 DDF


Rotary Club of Lakeland South, FL


Amount requested from the Rotary Foundation




Status and Progress Information


This project is completed. Project listed for the 2012-13 Rotary Year.

The Matching Grant application number from TRF is #79129.

The TRF Staff in charge of this grant is Hanae Kim (

<18-Dec-12> System Entry
Creation of project page.

<1-Mar-13> by Robert E Walton
Application sent to The Rotary Foundation.

<25-Mar-13> by Robert E Walton
The Rotary Foundation - Matching Grant #79129 Acknowledgement Letter recieved.

<2-Apr-13> System Entry
Grant paperwork sent to The Rotary Foundation.

<29-Apr-13> System Entry
Grant approved by The Rotary Foundation.

<26-Jul-13> by Robert E Walton
New Grant Coordinator, John Kim

<26-Jul-13> by Robert E Walton
Signed Agreement Form and Payee Bank information sent on 30 June 2013.

<1-Aug-13> by Robert E Walton
Funds received by RC Moscow-East from the Rotary Foundation.

<3-Sep-13> by Rewalton
New Grant Administrator: Azka Asif ,

<3-Sep-13> by Rewalton
Detailed information added.

<1-Nov-13> by Robert E Walton
Equipment has been purchased by RC Moscow=East and presented to the Theater staff. A special dedication performance is scheduled for 18 November 2013, in Moscow

<13-May-14> by Elena Matveeva
ongoing. The report will be sent by 05.06.2014

<13-May-14> by Elena Matveeva
ongoing. The report will be sent by 05.06.2014

<16-Nov-14> System Entry
Grant status changed to "Completed".