Philanthropy in Far East Russia

March, 2013

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Program «Family Club «Harmony» • Program “Elder sister, elder brother” • Program “Moral Values” • Program «English Club» • Excursion to Arseniev museum. Program: “Let’s have fun” • Excursion to «Sollers» automobile plant. Program: “Let’s have fun” • Visit to “Treasure Island”. Program «Let’s have fun» • Program «Smile» • Program «Happy Birthday with love» • Charity help

Program «Family Club «Harmony»

On March 7, 2013 a regular meeting of the family club “Harmony” was held in the rehabilitation center “Parus Nadezhdi”. This joint project of our partnership “Helping Hands” and “Parus Nadezhdi” is focused on supporting families and children in difficult life situations. The meeting was dedicated to the celebration of the 8th of March and was called “A visit to Cinderella”. Parents were invited to visit their kids in the center. Children made celebration cards for their mothers and after a small show parents and their kids had a treat of sweets and cakes.

On March 23, 2013 another meeting of the family club “Harmony” was organized. This gathering was devoted to the springtime and was named “We welcome Maslenitsa”. Kids and their parents together made a traditional toy of Maslenitsa. Teachers of the rehabilitation center told parents and children the story about Maslenitsa and some interesting facts about this holiday. After that kids played with their parents and had fun. Such meetings help children believe that their close people have not left them alone. Children always look forward to their parents’ visits and believe that life difficulties won’t last for a long time and life can be happy again.

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 March 2 our volunteers came with a program “My spring” to orphanage №2. They played with the kids, talked about springtime, solved puzzles and told stories. Then volunteers and children together made paper ships and glued them to a wall paper. They also drew waves and wrote down wishes.

Kids are always happy to see young people who have become true friends to them. They play, have fun and learn to be open and kind to other people. In the end of March volunteers came with another visit to play, to talk and share the warmth and love with the orphans who appreciate such attention more than any presents.

Program “Moral Values”

On March 21 Francis Landivar held a regular seminar for schoolchildren in school № 13 as part of the project to develop right moral values in teenagers. The discussion touched upon various topics including cultural values and their understanding in different countries, education system in Russia and abroad, problems of teenagers in school and how to deal with them.

Schoolchildren asked many questions, shared their opinions and proposed solutions. The discussion was held in English in order to stimulate teenagers’ interest in the language and serve as an additional language practice.

Program «English Club»

On March 15 partnership “Helping Hands” together with foreign language school “English Planet” had another regular session of “English club” in “Parus Nadezhdi“. This time kids learnt words connected with animals and their activities. They played games, drew animals, practiced new words and phrases. The program helps the kids not only learn a foreign language but also realize that English is an international language and fluency in this language can be a great advantage in life and future profession.

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

On March 18 our partnership organized an excursion to Arseniev museum for kids from rehabilitation center “Parus Nadezhdi“. Children were fascinated with the museum’s exhibits while the guide was taking them from one exhibition to another. Many kids had never visited a museum before and they were impatient to discover a whole new world of historical and cultural inheritance of generations. Volunteers of “Helping Hands” assisted the guide and the teachers to take the kids around the museum; they also answered numerous questions which kids were keen to ask.

Excursion to «Sollers» automobile plant. Program: “Let’s have fun”

On March 29 we organized an excursion for teenagers from rehabilitation center “Parus Nadezhdi“ to the auto-making plant “Sollers”. Teenagers are always interested to visit the plant’s workshops and learn how the cars are assembled. They also ask the guide about the most needed professions in the plant. Kids who are by circumstances now in a difficult life situation may use this opportunity to find their way in life in the future and some of them may come to work at the plant and become part of the plant’s enormous working team. Such excursions help them to get oriented in the world of professions and may become the first step to a successful career in the future. We would like to express our gratitude to Korneichuk Alexander Vladimirovich, general director of «Sollers», for providing the opportunity for the excursion.

Visit to “Treasure Island”. Program «Let’s have fun»

On March 26 children’s entertainment center «Treasure Island» welcomed about 45 kids from two orphanages and the rehabilitation center “Parus Nadezhdi“. Children were granted a chance to play, rest and forget about life difficulties. Volunteers of «Helping Hands» played and communicated with the kids. We sincerely thank entertainment center «Treasure Island», our partner in this program, for participation in our charity projects aimed to help orphans – for them any opportunity to have some fun is already a valuable support from the side of caring people.

Program «Smile»

In March we continued to work with the program to support kids from low-income families. This time a certificate for free dental treatment was given to Dmitry Pavlov. Dima’s mother says that she has seven children and she tries to do her best to grow them happy and healthy. We hope that this certificate for dental care will become an important contribution into the health of one of her kids. Our partner, dental clinic “Implants”, assists us in this project.

Program «Happy Birthday with love»

Our partnership and sushi-bar «Tokyo» continue a charity program for the disabled children. In March we managed to congratulate 9 kids with their birthdays. A pleasant surprise was made for Minskaya VeroniKa, Nakhaeva Sofia, Okatov Elisey, Lysenko Nikita and others. Employees of sushi-bar «Tokyo» even went to the hospital to congratulate Furmanova Polina with her birthday. The girl was truly happy to receive a present and was thankful for attention!

Charity help

In March our partnership “Helping Hands” presented books, souvenirs, toys, clothes and many other necessary things for children in the orphanage in the village of Pokrovka. The orphanage hosts more than 100 children aged from 7 to 17 whose parents were deprived of parental rights, in fact they seldom come to visit their kids. Some of the children don’t have parents at all and they have nobody to rely on.

Though the orphanage receives some support from the federal budget, many basic things are scarce like children’s footwear, toys, sporting equipment, clothes. If you are ready to help in any way, please contact «Helping Hands» today! To find out more about our organization and our projects, write to us: or call: (4232) 407-126 (from 9 to 13, from 14 to 18 week days).

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