Об этом сообщают #Буквы. 

Еще несколько лет назад Эми Яндрисевиц была социальным работником в одной из больниц Висконсина и ухаживала за детьми из отделения детской онкологии. Ее задачей было “помочь детям приспособиться к той неконтролируемой ситуации, в которой они оказались”.

В работе со своими подопечными Яндрисевиц использовала метод игровой терапии, и куклы, по ее словам, являются неотъемлемой частью этого процесса.

На прилавках магазинов не встретишь кукол с, например, родимыми пятнами или ампутированными конечностями. Но Яндрисевиц уверена, что каждый ребенок “независимо от пола, этнической принадлежности, возраста, медицинских проблем или типа телосложения” должен иметь возможность “смотреть на милое лицо куклы и видеть свое собственное”.

Потому женщина создала проект A Doll Like Me “Кукла как я” и начала шить уникальных кукол для особенных детей.

“Моя мама научила меня, что если ты видишь что-то, что хочешь изменить, измени это! Так я и сделала”, — рассказала она.

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Среди кукол, которые сделала Яндрисевиц, нет ни одной похожей. Каждая из них была изготовлена индивидуально для ребенка, которому она предназначалась.

Раньше средства на материалы и работу родители и опекуны детей, если могли себе это позволить, давали сами. Это Яндрисевиц неправильным, потому она создала некоммерческую компанию Jandrisevits A Doll Like Me и соответствующий аккаунт на платформе для сбора средств GoFundMe, с помощью которой ей удалось привлечь $220 тысяч.

Теперь женщина получила возможность полностью отдаться этому делу, а также шить кукол для особенных детей совершенно бесплатно.

Создательница уникальных игрушек отмечает, что изготовление кукол для нее “больше похоже на служение или миссию, чем на бизнес”.

К тому же, весь процесс создания кукол и спустя несколько лет после запуска проекта происходит у Яндрисевиц дома. Рабочим местом при этому служит обеденный стол в столовой.

“Столовая не использовалась по назначению более трех лет!”, — шутит Эми.

Фото: gofundme.com/f/adolllikeme

За все время существования проекта “Кукла как я” Яндрисевиц сделала около полутысячи уникальных игрушек для детей со всех уголков Земли.

Фотографии новых работ женщина уже несколько лет публикует в Instagram-аккаунте “a_doll_like_me”.

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Repost from @nataliecweaver ♥️ ——————————————————- The kids wanted to do a photoshoot with the Sophia doll this morning. I never realized that this doll would play such a vital role in my children’s healing and expression of grief. ⁣ ⁣ They include the Sophia doll in their playtime; they hug her when they miss their sister, take turns sleeping with it, and care for it with the same gentleness and love they had for Sophia. ⁣ ⁣ Sophia loved this doll and loved being able to see herself in a doll for the first time in her life. Now my other children are benefiting from being able to see their sister in a doll too. ⁣ ⁣ Thanks to A Doll Like Me for making that happen. I’m forever grateful to have a Sophia doll. Thank you, Amy! #normalizefacialdifferences #grief #sibilingloss #sweetsophia #childloss

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Epidermolysis bullosa (EB)…this is a rare genetic condition where the skin and membranes easily blister; this can create open sores across the entire body. Does it sound painful? It is 😞…and I've come to know a few of the little guys who have this. Some of these kids go through more in their short little lives than we can imagine. Look at this sweet peanut. I looked at the photos of her little body and felt pain FOR her. What a trooper. Why am I telling you this? First of all, I'm telling you this so that you know what EB is (and her mommy is totally on board with that!) But of equal importance, I think we when understand each other, we are more empathic and kinder. If we are going to truly push for a community that welcomes everyone and holds a place at the table for every single member, we first have to understand. Because ultimately don't we all deserve that??? ❤️ #epidermolysisbullosa #empathy #bekind @googleforstartups #letsdobetter

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Should we all be this happy in 2020!!!♥️

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Cookies and milk anyone?!

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A couple weeks ago I talked about empathy….it's more than just caring – it's feeling. It's being so moved by something that it changes our perspective. But first of all, we have to look up. We have to really see the people around us. We have to look into the eyes of another, really look, and see our reflection in those eyes to deeply care. I wrote about this sweet girl the other day. When we hear things like "Syrian crisis" we don't typically imagine that it has a face. It does. This is one of them. I cannot begin to imagine the horrors that people everywhere experience, in particular children. This sweet baby has seen more than her share of horrors – bombings, violence, a fire, unfamiliar places. I have looked at her photos over and over, and what I am struck by is the resilience of the human spirit. This doll is a humble reminder that when one member of our global village hurts, we are all affected. She was gifted through a community fundraiser and at least half a dozen other people contributed items for the doll. It was a community effort for someone they will never meet. This is what empathy looks like. This doll traveled to the other side of the world to the arms of Joulia. When she first saw her doll, I am told that she was confused and she couldn't understand why it didn't look like her other dolls. Her mom explained that it was meant to look like HER. She looked it over and wasn't totally sold. She studied the doll and her own body, then smiled. She said, "I'm going to take her to preschool tomorrow to show my friends." There's an amazing series of photos that show this transition. I look into the face of Joulia and see a lot of things – it's hard not to. It's hard to not be incredibly moved by her. This is the face of one of our own. Wasn't it Jane Goodall who said that "the greatest danger to our future is apathy"? I have no words of wisdom or advice. My dolls are not magic and they aren't going to change the world. I hope that for this little girl, her doll offers comfort. And maybe even some day she will understand that there are a whole lot of people who looked up, looked into her eyes, and cared❤️. #empathy

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