Philanthropy in Far East Russia

October, 2013
Welcome to the pages of the regular news issue of the Charity Partnership «Helping Hands» DARE TO CARE! News. In this issue we present for your kind attention our regular newsletter with all information about monthly events which took place in October 2013.

Program «Family club «Harmony»

On October 12 a regular meeting of the family club “Harmony” was held in the rehabilitation center. This joint project of our partnership “Helping Hands” and “Parus Nadezhdi” is focused on supporting families and children in difficult life situations. Children keenly waited for their parents to arrive. The meeting was devoted to ecological education - kids and their parents together made birds-houses. Children were eager to learn how to make birds-houses – they put small parts together and then put straw inside the bird-house.

Then parents hang the birds-houses on the trees. Every time when kids are out for a walk they can observe the birds which live in their hand-made houses. On October 24 another meeting of the family club “Harmony” was organized. The kids participated in the show “The autumn’s visit”. The children sang song, danced, talked with their parents and had much fun. The meeting finished with a tea party.

Program «Moral and Values»

On October 4 Francis Landivar held a seminar in school № 13 in the frames of the project to develop right moral values in teenagers. The topic of October’s meeting was “Success and how to become successful in life”.

Francis told teenagers how to take control over emotions, how to manage the time and how to change the situation with the help of words. Children participated in the discussion which was held in English. Such seminars not only help teenagers develop leadership’s qualities but also stimulate their interest in learning the foreign language. A week later Francis Landivar held a similar seminar for students of the Far Eastern National University (FENU).

Program «English Club»

On October 4 partnership “Helping Hands” together with foreign language school “English Planet” had another regular session of “English club” in “Parus Nadezhdi“. Our partnership implements this program in order to give the kids in a difficult life situation some practical knowledge that will be of use in their future life. During the lessons children drew funny pictures and learnt many words by playing games. Teachers from language school “English Planet” and Francis Landivar, director of a non-commercial partnership “Helping Hands” believe that learning English language can be both useful and enjoyable!

Program «Elder sister, elder brother»

Partnership “Helping Hands” supports a program of a team of Vladivostok volunteers who visit kids in the city orphanages. On September 28 students from the pedagogical organization «ISTOK» visited kids in orphanage №2. Students and kids played together in the open air and then drew pictures and shared stories about summer holidays. Then they played the guitar and sang songs. In the end the volunteering students organized a master class on making small paper hearts for the kids.

On October 28 another group of volunteers went to visit children in the orphanage in the village of Pokrovka.Residents of Vladivostok collected warm clothes and shoes for the kids and volunteers organized an entertainment program. The children read aloud fairy tales and drew pictures. After the playing session they had tea with sweets.

Volunteers also brought small presents for each kid and photo albums to keep memorable photographs. The first photos were put there and the kids keenly decorated their personal albums. The volunteers also brought video films about nature so the children could have a chance to learn more about the world around us. The kids and volunteers were really happy to spend time together.

Program: “Let’s have fun” Excursion to Arseniev museum

On October 28 Partnership «Helping hands» together with the rehabilitation center «Parus Nadezhdi» organized an excursion for kids to Arseniev museum. 15 kids arrived at the museum where they were met by the museum’s guide and volunteers of the city’s resource center. Arseniev museum has several expositions and children enjoy visiting them. They listen to the guide attentively and gaze at the museum’s exhibits. Children get to comprehend the history of Russia, the culture, habits and traditions of Russian people.

Program «Let’s have fun!» A visit to «Treasure Island»

On October 29 in the frames of the project “Let’s have fun!” we organized a visit for kids to children’s entertainment center «Treasure Island», a constant partner of our organization in this charity program. Children from two city orphanages and from the rehabilitation center “Parus Nadezhdi“ had much fun playing in the center. Volunteers assisting charity “Helping Hands” in this program played with the kids. We specially designed this program to help orphans have some fun and give them an opportunity to visit one of the city’s most popular entertainment center! Kids love jumping and running and playing in this center.

Program: “Let’s have fun” Excursion to «Sollers» auto making plant

On November 1 Partnership «Helping hands» organized an excursion for kids from the rehabilitation center «Parus Nadezhdi» to «Sollers» auto making plant. Teenagers like visiting the plant where they have an opportunity to learn more about car-assembling lines. They enjoy looking at the process of assembling of new cars. Children are told which professions are the most required at the plant. Boys admire production capacity and hi-tech machinery. Kids in a difficult life situation often have problems finding their path in life, and such excursions can help orient them in the world of professions and possibilities.

Program «Happy Birthday with love»

Our partnership and sushi-bar «Tokyo» continue a charity program for the disabled children. In October we congratulated 4 kids with their birthdays. Many of the invalid kids whom we visit, suffer not only from serious diseases but also from loneliness because they spend most of their time isolated either at home or in hospital. For them any visit of guests is a joyful event especially if happens on their birthday. They sincerely appreciate any signs of attention. We would like to express gratitude to sushi-bar «Tokyo», our partner in this program, for generous participation in this project.

Program «Smile»

In October we continued to work with the program “Smile” – a charity program designed to provide free dental care to kids from families with scarce finances. We gave the certificate for free dental treatment to mother of Tomashevich Daniil. The kid will have a chance to grow up a healthy boy and lack of finances should not prevent him from having a happy smile! Help to this family was provided by our constant partner in this program – a dental clinic “Implants”.


In October many residents of Vladivostok participated in the action aimed to collect warm clothes for autumn and winter for children in the orphanages. We would like to express gratitude to all those who took the time and trouble to participate in the project and share with the kids! We would like to say special thanks to two directors of the children’s clothes store «Tillson» for their considerable help. The management gave the kids about 60 winter caps, 47 pairs of shoes, more than 70 items of clothing (trousers, dresses, blouses and tops). Part of the clothes was given to the children in the rehabilitation center «Parus Nadezhdi», and part was taken to orphans in Pokrovka village. We present for your kind attention a small photo report about donated clothes – the kids’ smiles and gratitude are here for you!

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