Philanthropy in Far East Russia

September, 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 September 2013.

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

On September 16 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. The children were toured around the museum where they could visit the exposition halls and have a look at ancient exhibits.

When children visit the museum they learn about the history of Russia and cultural traditions of Russian people. They also find out many new interesting facts about other countries. Volunteers, who assist partnership «Helping hands» in this program, help the guide take kids around the museum and they also answer children’s numerous questions.

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

On September 20 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 «Elder sister, elder brother»

Partnership “Helping Hands” supports a program of volunteers who visit kids in the orphanages and organize weekend programs for them. On September 22 volunteers went to orphanage in the village of Pokrovka. Residents of Vladivostok collected warm clothes and toys for the orphans and volunteers brought the presents to kids.

Volunteers played with the kids in the open air and then organized a drawing contest. Children drew birthday celebration cards for those children whose birthdays took place in the summer. In the end children had a tea party with sweets and biscuits. Children are always happy when volunteers come to visit them – they play and have much fun together and they learn to appreciate kindness in other people and develop it in themselves. For those children who have to spend their childhood in the orphanage such attention and kindness are more valuable than presents.

Program «Elder sister, elder brother»

Volunteers from other city divisions which are also supported by the partnership “Helping hands”, went to the village of Romanovka this summer. They organized a 5-day summer camp for kids in the social center “Tropinka”. The program included games, dances, guitar songs, and drawing lessons, master classes on how to make hand-made toys and magic tricks show.

Children learnt a beautiful dance ad many songs. They learnt how to make small decorative things for the house. They made their own toys and drew many wonderful pictures. They talked with volunteers who did not spare either time or efforts to make these 5 days in “Tropinka” bright and happy.

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

On September 24 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.

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 the entertainment center.

Program «Moral values»

On September 25 Francis Landivar held a seminar in school № 13 in the frames of the project to develop right moral values in teenagers. The topic of September’s meeting was importance of words, how they can influence our life and other people’s lives.

Children also discussed how to manage anger and escape conflict situations. Francis talked with the teenagers about the world of opportunities and challenges they could face while chasing these opportunities. All discussions are held in English and the teenagers not only use the opportunity to speak English but also take a chance to talk about important life issues.

Program «Happy Birthday with love»

Partnership “Helping Hands” and sushi-bar «Tokyo» continue a charity program for the disabled children. In September 4 kids received presents for their birthdays and were happy to become the center of love and attention! Such surprise visits and presents make the little hearts warm and give hope to happy future. We thank our constant partner -sushi-bar “Tokyo” for their sincere interest and participation in this program!

Program «Family club «Harmony»

On September 14 a regular meeting of the family club “Harmony” took place in the rehabilitation center “Parus Nadezhdi”. It is a joint program of the partnership “Helping Hands” and “Parus Nadezhdi” aiming to support families and children in a difficult life situation. This time volunteers came to visit the kids and organized games in the open air. The program was called “Autumn fun”. The kids enjoyed the games and exercises.

On September 28 volunteers from a dogs’ breeding club came to visit the kids in Parus Nadezhdi”. They took several dogs with them and staged a small show. Then kids had a chance to play with the dogs and chat with their guests. Good mood, much fun and happy smiles were the result of this “Harmony” club session. The rehabilitation center “Parus Nadezhdi” is always happy to see different guests in our “Harmony” club!

Program “Mobile teams”. Visit to Pervomaiskoye village and settlement of Slavyanka

On September 16 and September 24 in the frames of the joint project of “Helping Hands” and “Parus Nadezhdi” to support families and kids in the remote parts of the Primorsky region, 5 doctors of the mobile team went to the village of Pervomaiskoye and settlement of Slavyanka to consult families and children 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 172 teenagers and 58 adults during these two trips. Partnership “Helping Hands” finances the program.

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