Current Needs and Projects
We are currently providing support to over 500 children living in seven facilities in the regions of Khakassia and Krasnoyarsk.
The focus for our fundraising efforts right now is the following:
General Health, Nourishment, and Well-being
As we continue to branch further out into more remote areas of Khakassia and Krasnoyarsk, we are encountering children in facilities currently in need of clothing, personal hygiene items, improved nourishment, school supplies, facility improvements, recreational needs, and enrichment programs
Young Leaders Program
UPDATE JANUARY 2013 – THIS PROGRAM IS ON-GOING
We plan to continue to support the “School For Young Leaders” program which we began sponsorship of at the beginning of the summer in 2009. The program takes place at the Talovka Camp in the town of Irba providing both summer and winter Camp opportunities. This very worthwhile program teaches independence and self advocacy to children who could otherwise develop a very dependent way of life leading to difficulty when they leave the orphanages.
Outdoor recreational activities as well as many interactive learning activities are integrated into the program for children of ages six and older. Without our support, these children would not have the opportunity to participate in a program such as this.
We are currently raising funds for this very worthwhile program for Summer 2013 and Winter 2013-2014
Minusinsk Recreation and Activities Program
THIS PROGRAM IS ON – GOING!
We continue to support the Minusinsk Children’s Home following the impressive success of their boy’s soccer team “Chance” with funding for recreation, clothing, and activities. We will be reassessing their needs when we meet with them during our upcoming trip in July 2013
Our outreach and research into the needs of children in Siberia led us to the village of Kuragino and an emergency shelter and social program for families in crisis. What we found was a program caring for children who have been abandoned, or removed from their families for their safety. It is housed in an old building which was in desperate need of repair, with dilapidated doors, fences and bathing facilities. This program is staffed by wonderfully caring people who were forced to go into the village to ask their neighbors for food in order to provide nutritious meals for the children. Money from their meager budget had gone for coal for heat and hot water. The children had no place to play while at the shelter, and very little in terms of recreation to help to fill their time.
To begin our support (during our visit in 2009) a month’s worth of non-perishable food and some games and arts and crafts supplies were purchased and delivered. A monthly Food Allotment was established that provides needed food by supplying them with non-perishable fruits, vegetables, meats and other goods. Special occasions bring fresh fruit and treats for the children.
Repairs and renovations have included updating the bathing facility, providing a washing machine, replacing a broken and unsafe fence and installing a secure front door to protect children and staff. Playground equipment is being built so that the children have a safe an appealing place for outdoor recreation.
KURAGINO SHELTER SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND ACTIVITIES PROGRAM
UPDATE JANUARY 2013 – THIS PROGRAM IS ONGOING!
The Kuragino Shelter Skills Development and Activities Program provides children from the emergency shelter, as well as children from families in crisis from the surrounding villages, a safe, structured environment in which to spend time when they are not in school. The children can receive direction and counseling in individual life-skills development. Breakfast and dinner are provided as well as help with homework and studies. The program also offers children programs to learn trade and craft skills such as woodworking, sewing, gardening, cooking, and art. They also provide recreational activities including hiking, rafting, music and dance.
Renovation of the bathroom and shower room
THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN COMPLETED!
We have established a fund and need to raise $5,000.00 to renovate the bath and shower room. The walls and ceiling of this room were crumbling plaster, with leaking pipes and mold everywhere. We obtained a quote for labor and materials from a local contractor who completed the work at a discount. As of 18 October 2009, we had raised $2000.00 for this project. As of February 25, 2010 we were up to $2800.00! Thanks to your support! As a result of ongoing support of our Annual Festival on June 12, 2010, we reached our goal of $5000.00 and work is complete on the shower and bathrooms! YOU ARE GREAT AND WE ARE GRATEFUL! THANK YOU!!!
Continuation of monthly food allotment
UPDATE FEBRUARY 2011 – THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER NECESSARY!
For $100 per month, we were able to ensure that the children staying at the shelter would have nutritious food every day without the staff needing to go about acquiring food for the children on their own. As of 18 October 2009, we had raised $290.00 for this fund. As of February 25, 2010 we were up to $700.00. As OF July 19, 2010, funds were raised and provided to our volunteers on the ground in Siberia and the monthly Food Allotment was funded through July 2011. As of February 2011, our volunteers on the ground in Siberia are happy to report that the Food Allotment is no longer needed due to improved funding from the local government. Funds remaining from this fund are now being used to supplement the Kuragino Skills Development and Activities Program.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!!
Assist with construction of a play yard
UPDATE JANUARY 2013 – THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN COMPLETED!
The director of the shelter had drawn up a modest plan for a play yard for the children in her care. With the help of some people in the neighborhood, she had begun to build a sandbox as a beginning of this worthwhile project. Your donations have assisted in purchasing the materials needed to complete the sand box, purchase some outdoor toys and build a swing set to make a safe and fun play area for the children. Our goal for this project was $1000.00. We allotted $200.00 to begin this fund. As of February 2011, we had raised $900.00 for this project. We raised the remaining money needed at our annual Festival and were able to see the results of this project on our trip to visit the children in July 2011. Thank you!!!