Life Skills & Mentoring
Mentors are the parents orphanage leavers never had but always needed. Mentors teach essential life skills and become dependable role models for orphanage leavers. They make themselves available each and every day - they really go above and beyond.
Love Russia works with Mentors, supporting them as they care for orphaned and destitute young people.
As well as the difficulties of finding somewhere to live, for 16 year old orphanage leavers, the skills to cope with everyday challenges are just as alien.
Mentors put a lot of their efforts into teaching the young people valuable life skills; cooking, cleaning, advice on budgeting, relationship advice, general health and hygiene advice and of course education about the dangers most orphanage leavers are affected by; drugs, alcohol and sexual health. Their naivety puts them at a higher risk than most of unwanted pregnancies, addictions and diseases.
Mentors also offer one-to-one guidance and Bible studies.
These groups are also places to have fun. Social activities and celebrating birthdays, Christmas are key to making the young people feel valued and cared for.
For Mentors there is little time outside of this voluntary work to earn enough to support their own families.
In addition to mentoring young people that have left the orphanage system, Mentors visit local orphanages to build friendships with the children so when the time comes for them to leave, they will have someone to turn to.
See Lena's story below.
Just £2 could provide multiple bus fares for attending essential life skills classes & college.
£20 could fund social & educational life skills activities for unprepared orphanage leavers.
£50 could help maintain Transition homes for homeless orphan teens.
Lena grew up in an orphanage.
Aged 16, her time at the orphanage was over. Faced with being homeless she was relieved to be offered a bed with a carer from her orphanage.
Her relief was short lived. The ‘carer’ stole from her and forced Lena into free labour as her housekeeper and nanny. With no family to help she was trapped.
A friend recommended one of our support groups specifically for orphanage graduates. This network of emotional and financial support was something she’d never experienced before. Here she was also introduced to Jesus.
Aged 19, Lena called the group leaders in tears, admitting her carer had assaulted her. They gave her the courage to leave and found her a safe place to live.
Now 20, Lena still suffers the repercussions of her abuse. She has poor health requiring numerous hospital admissions and needs counselling to begin working through her traumas. Thanks to our funding, she will be able to access this.
While Lena’s life is still a challenge, she is now being equipped with the resources, coping strategies and support.
(Lena's name has been changed for her privacy and protection)