This story is not about being sad. It’s about believing in people.

“Simple things” in Saint Petersburg is a citizens’ initiative consisting of 7 workshops where people with mental disabilities, together with craftsmen and artists, create beautiful and high-quality items: dishes, tech-style, wooden products, furniture, make jams and caramels.

Behind every thing made in the workshops is a full-fledged life of a person with mental and intellectual disabilities, a quiet life of their loved ones, a host community of employees and volunteers who are now building a stable system so that people with mental disabilities in Russia can work in paid jobs and live a normal life among people, and not remain in isolation.

Team: “Drugie Ludi?”

Region: Russia

Year: 2023