The desire to participate in the life of children who are brought up outside the family, deprived of parental care, is good. But concrete actions are much more valuable. Those who decide on this for the first time inevitably face the question of where to start. We are sharing the experience of the trip of the RelevantMedia editorial office to the orphanage.
Despite the state's requirement for orphanages to have their own website or page, they do not always have a person who is savvy in this matter. But some employees navigate the Internet and can voice requests on various social resources.
Our idea to raise money for school supplies by September 1 coincided with the announcement of the Sobinsky orphanage on the website www.gdedetdom.ru, and we got down to business. By the way, this site contains a map of children's organizations, addresses and contacts of similar projects.
We contacted the management by e-mail and clarified how many children of what age live in it, what briefcases, bags, office supplies are needed. It is really important to clarify the details - for example, later we found out that preschoolers really lacked an electric pencil sharpener and beautiful diaries (every year the same politicians' faces can get bored by anyone).
We sent out messages with an appeal to participate in money and began to collect funds. Closer to the finale, friendly startups joined, and KupiBonus employees made a great contribution. In addition to the money, colleagues gave the children portfolios, computers, art kits and more.
I wanted to cover the list of necessary things as fully as possible, and here all the means turned out to be good. We bargained at the school bazaar in Olimpiyskiy, looked for goods at a discount, bought things in bulk, at Auchan we bought pencil cases, notebooks and pencils. As a result, we managed to collect 80% of what was required according to the list.
All things in one passenger car did not fit, so we set off from Moscow in two. The Sobinsky orphanage is located in the Vladimir region near the Klyazma River. It brings up more than thirty children, and this year it celebrates its 95th anniversary.
We were greeted as guests, the boys helped to unload the cars. Then there was tea in the director's office and a small tour of the orphanage: we were shown and told how the children live, what they are interested in, what wonderful crafts they make with their own hands.
We learned a lot of interesting things from the conversation. In particular, the situation is improving, and Russian citizens are increasingly responding to requests for help. And it is always needed - financial, material, physical (something to fix, paint, install).
Not to mention taking the baby. According to the federal program, we, of course, were offered to free the orphanages as much as possible. Today, as the staff of the orphanage told us, there is an opportunity to adopt children, take them into a foster family, under guardianship (up to 14 years old) or guardianship (from 14 to 18 years old) or foster care (the child remains a foster child). But that is another story.
This was the editorial board's first experience in helping children, we learned a lot for ourselves. We hope this information will be useful for you as well.