Philanthropy in Far East Russia

April, 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 April 2013.

Program «English Club»

On April 5 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.

This time children learnt about countries and nationalities – they studied the names of the countries and their traditions. The teacher also told them many interesting facts about the life of different nations. Kids learnt how to introduce themselves in English and tell about their own country. Another session of the English club took place on April 19 and the topic was "clothes and fashion". Kids learnt names of clothes and played funny games.

Using old newspapers they made funny costumes and staged a modeling contest. They had much fun while learning English.


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 April 6 our volunteers visited orphanage №2. As usual, they played many games, drew animals and made origami. Then they signed their handmade crafts and exchanged them with each other. The closing game was about a princess and the kids entered the world of this fairy tale with great pleasure. Our volunteers said they were pleased to see the kids happy and cheerful – the magic of communication can make wonders with the orphans!

On April 28 our volunteers visited kids in social rehabilitation center "Mayak". Children played games and took part in master classes. They made paper lady-bugs and learnt how to paint with water-colors. They all received sweets for their efforts and small medals "Master of handicraft".

Then the children drew paintings about their impressions and wishes for next gathering. Kids who are in the process of rehabilitation experienced plenty of positive emotions, their joy was sincere and smiles lit the faces.

Program "Mobile teams". Visit to Novonezhino village

On April 12 in the frames of a joint program of partnership "Helping Hands" and the rehabilitation center "Parus Nadezhdi" to consult families in the remote districts of the Primorye region, a mobile team of specialists went to the settlement of Novonezhino to consult families for free. They discussed different problems: speech defects, delayed speech development, typical mistakes in reading and writing, unstable emotional background, child-parent relationship and others. Specialists also gave a lecture to high-school students on the topic "Prevention of HIV infection and the development of tolerance towards people living with HIV". Specialists of mobile team helped 42 teenagers and 10 adults.

Program «Family Club «Harmony»

On April 13, 2013 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. This time the meeting was named «Doll therapy». Kids together with their parents made talisman dolls. During their stay in the rehabilitation center children put the dolls under the pillows and sleep well with these special talismans because they are made with love and keep the warmth of their parents' hands.

On April 17 the parents were invited to visit the kids and participate in the show «Oceans and seas». Children learnt poems about the sea and cited them to the parents, danced and played. After the show, children had a tea party together with their parents. Family club program gives the kids a chance to meet with the family, and teachers help the children reveal their talents and show the parents that their kids are bright and talented.

All they need is love and individual approach and that they have a lot of potential. Kids are always ready to participate in all activities and give many pleasant moments for their parents, even though they can feel brokenhearted because they are separated from their families.

Program "Moral Values"

On April 18 as part of the project to develop right moral values in teenagers our partnership organized a meeting for schoolchildren in school № 13 with a bike rider from Switzerland who is making a project between different schools. Chris Gionchetta travels around the world on his bicycle and in every city he visits schools. Schoolchildren draw pictures and he takes them to another school where he exchanges them with newly-drawn pictures. This way the cultural exchange between schoolchildren is performed. While kids were drawing pictures Chris told them about different countries he had already visited. He shared his impressions about Russia and teenagers deluged him with questions. All communication was in English.

Program: "Let's have fun". Excursion to Arseniev museum

On April 22 our partnership organized an excursion to Arseniev museum for kids from rehabilitation center "Parus Nadezhdi". 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. Our volunteers always help teachers take the kids around the museum; they also answer numerous questions which kids are eager ask.

Program «Let's have fun». Visit to "Treasure Island"

On April 23 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 a chance to play and rest. Volunteers of «Helping Hands» played and communicated with the kids. This program for orphans is really important because it brings joy and fun in the life of kids who suffer from life difficulties. We always invite various children entertainment organizations to join us in this program!

Program «Happy Birthday with love»

Our partnership and sushi-bar «Tokyo» continue a charity program for the disabled children. In April we congratulated 9 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.


Our partnership «Helping Hands» in April donated 10 000 rubles to the «Public Council of Artyomovsky city district» to support the charity marathon in honor of Victory Day. Celebration events to commemorate the 68th anniversary of Victory day, felicitations and victory parade took place on May 9.

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