Big Change Charity Foundation

The mission is to help orphans in getting decent education which they were deprived in orphanages; to help them achieve their life and professional goals; to help them adapt socially. Just around 10% of Russian children grown raised in orphanages manage to adapt in society. That means just not becoming criminals, alcoholic, but rather getting some job, have some wage, create family and lead more or less decent life. 90% of those who leave orphanages become criminals, alcoholics and antisocial elements. The other sad statistics is that a big part of orphans leavers bring their own kids to orphanages or make them inherit antisocial behavior. Reasons are: lack of skills for independent lif...

Big Change Charity Foundation
117556, Varshavskoe shosse, 66, bld. 2, Moscow, Russia
Moscow, Russia 117556
Russia
+7 (499) 317-44-44
http://www.bigchange.ru/en

Executive Director

Irina Ryazanova

Board of Directors

Philonov Nikolay mentor, Ladygina Irina History teacher, Savinkina Maria mentor, Zvereva Elizaveta Russian language teacher, Dymov Alexander Math teacher, Linnik Maria Biology teacher, Elena Mazina Administrations director, Irina Ryazanova Executive Director, Elena Kuznetsova Accountant, Ryabchikova Yulia mentor, Anna Voropay PR director

Project Leaders

Elena Mazina

Mission

The mission is to help orphans in getting decent education which they were deprived in orphanages; to help them achieve their life and professional goals; to help them adapt socially. Just around 10% of Russian children grown raised in orphanages manage to adapt in society. That means just not becoming criminals, alcoholic, but rather getting some job, have some wage, create family and lead more or less decent life. 90% of those who leave orphanages become criminals, alcoholics and antisocial elements. The other sad statistics is that a big part of orphans leavers bring their own kids to orphanages or make them inherit antisocial behavior. Reasons are: lack of skills for independent life; irresponsibility and immaturity and inability to support themselves parasitism culture spread out in the orphanages; very poor education; absence of support from relatives and from any experienced people. In Moscow currently there're around 3500 4200 kids living in orphanages. Out of them 70% study in so-called "correction schools" for mentally defective children where they get for a variety of reasons, not necessarily disability, and can get just some initial education. Even those who finish normal education are exposed to a very limited number of workers professions which do not require a college degree. Providing decent education and helping orphans to adapt is absolutely essential that we do not lose thousands of them each year into criminal, poverty and alcoholism. And also, that we do not lose their children who inherit behavior and social paths of their parents.

Programs

"Big change" programs include: - Individual goal setting; professional orientation and coaching of students; - Classes on school program; subjects for each student are chosen based on individual goals; - Trainings, including time management, communication skills, self-education; etc. - Extracurricular activities, including students conferences, trips, cultural events Through 2002-2011 period, over 300X students have studied under "Big Change" program and could attain their education goals. Education goals are set individually: for some it is learning basic skills of reading and arithmetic; while for others it's entering a target college and get desired profession. Majority of students are getting the middle and high school certificates, as a result of the program. Besides education "Big Change" coaches students to think independently, to make choices, to grow an interest in studying and life overall. Because it's not just knowledge gaps that prevent orphans from going through the school curriculum, but lack of independent work skills, time-management skills etc. Currently, 60 students go through the program each year. We have 25 professional teachers involved in the project.

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