‘Free Labour’ Belarus 2015 – Ira and Lena, two residents working in a field. Some internats are partly self-sufficient.
Patients are obliged to work in fields, to clean, and to cook. Although work – including
agricultural and janitorial work – has positive physical and social effects on residents’ lives, it
is widely acknowledged by internat staff and NGO workers that this labour fills a shortfall left
by inadequate governmental funding.