We support project leaders in ministry as they run groups for orphan mums and their children living in poverty as well as individual orphanage leavers struggling to adjust to independence. We also run groups for orphans still in the orphanage system.
Group leaders teach life skills, give emotional and practical support, ensure basic needs are being met; and for the younger groups, activities and days out from their orphanages are organised.
Project leaders make themselves available,
stepping in as the parents orphans never had.
Orphans leaving Russian orphanages at age 16 are unprepared and ill-equipped for life outside institutions.
According to available data on Russian orphanage leavers, 10% commit suicide, 40% go to prison, and 40% become alcoholics and/or drug addicts.
All those we support live on incomes so low that without extra help they would be choosing between paying for utilities or food.
Love Russia, partners with local Russian who are striving to give support to vulnerable families and individuals in need. With intervention, and the security that comes from having a reliable adult role model in their lives, orphan adults have a better chance at making healthy decisions, helping them work towards having independent futures.
For the younger orphans still living in institutions, it is important to prepare them for life outside the system. Through regular visits and days out that build friendships and trust, they will get to know someone they can turn to once it's their time to leave comes and mean they will not have to face the big world completely alone.
Our groups meet together regularly where they are able to share their difficulties and support each other. Those who are families in poverty receive a small amount of financial aid and get guidance from their project leader that as orphans, they have always been lacking.
Donations towards support groups allow mentors to dedicate their time to this. Funding allows them to organise activities, provide resources (including food), provide transport, use premises and more.
Liza grew up in Solotcha orphanage. She and her siblings were neglected by a mum who was absent and her father who was an alcoholic. Liza has gone on to have two failed relationships - the first was an alcoholic and was violent She still lives with her ex-partner and father of her two younger children as it is impossible to survive as a single parent in Russia. She has a lot of emotional wounds from her past. Being part of a support group gives her a stable and consistent source of encouragement and guidance.
”I’d like to thank our sponsors and friends that make it possible for us to meet for a cup of tea and talk about our problems. Thank you for all that you do for us
and our kids!” - Liza