The social employment workshop “Dobrodel” [do-gooder] offers jobs for people with mental conditions who are able and willing to work, but cannot find employment in the market because of their disability. It was established in spring 2018 as with the aim of helping people with mental disabilities overcome stigma and social exclusion, build professional and creative skills, become productive members of society through work, and provide them with a livelihood.
Each person is approached individually in order to have their needs accommodated in the best possible way. The production process is divided into a sequence of simple operations. Depending on their ability and health, each worker is assigned a simpler or more complex task. By gradually progressing from the simple to the more complex jobs, the worker will recover the lost job skills and learn an occupation of his liking. Eventually, the people with disabilities will progress to doing more regular jobs at the Convent’s workshops, or find employment in the open job market.
About 15 people with disabilities have completed the occupational rehabilitation programme to date. The workers can choose from a variety of jobs, such as painting over porcelain or wood, making simple items from wood or cardboard, or practising decorative and applied arts. The products include a wide variety of souvenirs, wooden rosaries, strong envelopes, and piece goods.
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Even the non-Christians often get fascinated by the Orthodox hand-painted icons. Many get interested in this art form after seeing the famous icons painted by St Luke, which depict the Mother of God.
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Aspects of the religious icon restoration and conservation: stages of icon restoration, types of deterioration: internal and external causes. Differences between religious icon restoration and conservation.
Ever since its launch, the workshops’ craftsmen have been making pieces of great beauty and magnificence.
Skilled artisans work side by side with the disadvantaged residents of the monastic farmsteads.
In addition to materials and production volumes, another important aspect of the workshop’s success is the attitude and morale on the shop floor. The material is very sensitive ...