Love Russia Lent Fundraiser
Starts 26th Feb
Attitude of Gratitude!
Journey with us through
the 40 days of Lent
This year’s Lent Appeal will help support abandoned orphans and families in poverty.
While many struggle in the UK, it can be helpful to look outside of our own difficulties and increase our awareness of the challenges faced by others.
Our Lent Gratitude Calendar will take you through the 40 days of Lent (not including Sundays) looking at the struggles encountered by the vulnerable people we work with in Russia; aspects of life that many of us in the UK take for granted. The calendar is appropriate for both adults and children so everyone can join in! If you are part of a group or school that would like to take part we would love to visit and introduce the appeal and help you kick off your fundraising!
Follow the fundraiser using the calendar below and hovering over each image or download a copy of the calendar. Also, feel free to contact us and we can send you the amount of paper copies you need.
Interactive Gratitude Calendar
Orphan mums struggle to fund the cost of compulsory back to school items.
Give 5p for every year your mum bought you a new school uniform.
Throwing a children's birthday party for orphan mums in poverty is impossible.
Give 5p for each birthday party you remember your mum arranging during your lifetime.
Providing shoes for the family’s growing feet is very difficult when incomes in Russia are so low.
Give 10p for each new pair of shoes you’ve bought/been bought in the last year.
A decent warm coat is essential in Russia where sub-zero temperatures last for many months.
Give 10p for each coat you own.
Orphans don’t always learn 'personal hygiene' which has a big impact on how others see them.
Give 10p for each sink, shower or bath in your home when you grew up.
Most learn parenting from the generations before us. When orphaned, who do you learn from?
Give 15p for each generation you have known in your family.
Orphan mums with disabled children are hidden away indoors because of the lack of local support and stigma.
Give 20p if you were fortunate to go to a school where children with disabilities were included.
One of our orphan mums saved for 5 years before she could buy a washing machine.
Give 25p for each washing machine or tumble dryer in your home.
We all learn life skills like cleaning from our parents.
Give 20p if you grew up being told to tidy your room and learned to clean as a result!
Orphan mums can grow up with poor literacy skills so teaching their children to read can be difficult.
Give 20p if you remember your mum reading you bedtime stories.
Families in poverty exist in overcrowded conditions and often the whole family sleep in one room.
Give 40p if you had your own room while growing up or 20p if you shared with one other.
Many orphans in Russia are written off as ‘disabled’ and having no potential.
Give 10p if anyone encouraged/encourages you to believe in yourself during your childhood.
Education in Russian orphanages is poor and many leave unable to add to 10 making shopping impossible.
Give 20p if you can add and subtract up to 10.
Orphanage leavers struggle to know how to budget let alone save money.
Give 10p for every account you regularly save some of your income/pocket money into.
Filling in important forms when you can’t read well is difficult. This is a challenge for many orphans.
Give 10p if you are able to independently fill out a form.
Due to their life experiences, many orphanage leavers are frightened of anyone in authority.
Give 15p If you’ve had a job interview or arranged an appointment with a receptionist.
Orphans have no-one they can rely on or turn to in difficult times.
Give 30p if you know someone is always there for you, someone you call a good friend.
Orphanage leavers are not taught to cook, it is all done for them out of sight so they don’t learn by example.
Give 10p for every parent and grandparent you saw prepare meals and learned from.
Many orphanage leavers have to work alongside studying at college to survive financially.
Give 10p if you went or will go to college/sixth form without having to have a job to survive.
Many orphans haven’t been taught the importance of cleaning their teeth.
Give 5p for each person in your house who has their own toothbrush and uses it!
Incomes in Russia are very low, especially for unskilled workers which many orphanage leavers are.
Give 10p if you/your parents don’t have to choose whether to pay for food over rent.
UK charities like CAP help if you’re in financial trouble. Russian orphans have no help to get out of poverty.
Give 40p if you have no real money worries! You are very blessed!
There are many UK foodbanks to meet the needs of those in poverty. In Russia these are very rare.
Give 20p if you know of a foodbank local to you.
People in poverty will wear their clothes till they are threadbare.
Give 15p if you’ve donated unwanted clothes to a charity shop simply because you didn’t like them.
In most Russian flats, a small kitchen is the only living area.
Give 10p for every other room in your house that isn’t a bedroom or bathroom.
Many Russians use their sofa as their bed as they don’t have space.
Give 10p for every bed in your home.
Most public places in Russia are inaccessible to wheelchair users making difficult lives harder still.
Give 10p if your school or doctor’s surgery is accessible to wheelchair users.
In Russia, there is often a hefty cost to follow-up medical treatments and prescriptions are expensive.
If you needed hospital treatment do you feel assured your care would be free? If so, give 20p.
An orphanage leaver we support was deliberately overcharged by the pharmacist for numerous years.
Give 10p if you believe a chemist is a trustworthy place to buy medicine from.
At Christmas, orphans have no family who love them to spend time with.
Give 15p if last Christmas you got together with your family to celebrate.
Because orphanage leavers find it difficult to know who
to trust, they can be easily used, misled and trafficked.
Give 20p if you are free and have never been tricked into slavery.
Sudden independence is overwhelming for orphans who have never made decisions before.
Give 30p if you are safe in the knowledge that your family let you/will let you grow up gradually.
Because of a lack of education, orphans do not grow up knowing what good nutrition is.
Give 5p for every green vegetable you can think of that you have tried!
As young people we all have dreams of things we want to achieve as adults. Most orphans live just to survive.
Give 15p if you have hope you will achieve those dreams or already have!
Incomes are so low in Russia that giving to charity as a normal part of life is very rare.
Give 5p for every charity you can remember donating to in the last year!
Most children who grow up in orphanages will never go on a holiday.
Give 10p for every holiday you remember going on in the last 5 years.
Orphans do not get the opportunity to explore their individual interests such as football or swimming.
Give 15p for every extra curricular activity your parents help/helped you to explore.
Unless an orphan develops a relationship with a mentor, they are very much on their own after the orphanage.
Give 20p for every church group and/or community support group you are part of.
Domestic violence in Russian is a problem and amplified because of alcohol addictions.
Give 30p if you grew up knowing it was never ok to physically hurt another person.
Gift giving is a luxury for people not living in poverty.
Give 25p if tomorrow you are gifting an Easter Egg to someone!