St Gregory's Foundation

St Gregory's Foundation works in Russia and the former Soviet Union to tackle the social problems facing children, teenagers, parents and carers. Our projects address the root causes of disadvantage by putting families before institutions, strengthening a sense of responsibility in young and old alike and providing opportunities for vulnerable people to fulfill their potential. Our work makes our beneficiaries active participants in improving their own lives and encourages a more charitable society.
Sep 26, 2012

Thank you everyone who helped our project win 500

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to help feed homeless teenagers in Tbilisi.  We had a magnificent response to our appeal, raising £804 in just two weeks and winning the £500 bonus in the GlobalGiving fundraising competition.  This means that we can feed the teenagers cared for by the Mkurnali charity in Tbilisi for around two months.  This is a huge relief for Nino Chubabria, Mkurnali's director.  Mkurnali has been under financial pressure recently, and our contribution could not be better timed.   Indeed, someone who gives legal assistance has on several occasions used her own money to buy food for the residents, a situation which could not continue.  Thankfully, the money from our appeal will help Mkurnali through this crisis and we hope to find continuing support for the months ahead.

Sep 4, 2012

Kindergarten for 4 of our kids with hearing loss

Seraphima aged 2 1/2
Seraphima aged 2 1/2

Summer has finished and we will be glad to see our parents and children again at our Club! Our club opens its doors in September.

Much has changed in the lives of our families.  Many children have already grown up and in September Tema, Angelina, Seraphima and Polina will start mainstream, not special, kindergarten.  There, with their peers, they will learn new things and new skills, which will help them in the future to get into a mainstream school.  Their mothers can also go out to work now.

Families with children from the age of eight months come to our club.  Some of the children have cochlear implants, and some use hearing aids.  The children have learnt a lot at the club: they learnt to hear and listen to speech and music, they learnt to play together, and they learnt to say individual words, phrases and short sentences.


Seraphima, or Sima as she is more usually known, is a wonderful, interesting little girl.  She wears a cochlear implant and has already learnt to talk.  She understands what her mum and other adults are asking her.  Sima is already two and a half.  She has wonderful parents.  They are preparing Sima to have a second cochlear implant fitted.  They are very proud that Sima can put on her shoes herself, feeds herself and has other good habits of looking after herself.  Sima's mum says that the Club has given both Sima and her parents a great deal.

Aug 29, 2012

A new year for our orphanage-leavers

We are busy preparing for September and the start of the college year in Russia.  Thanks to the generosity of our Global Giving supporters, we can continue to prepare several groups of orphanage leavers both practically and emotionally for independent life.

This year we aim to attract new students to take part in the club called "Your Tomorrow", but we won't be forgetting the young people we have worked with this year.  We will continue to offer support for young people who have been with us for just a year so that they can continue to make progress.  We will also be identifying some long-standing group members who would like to mentor younger orphanage-leavers, and we'll be giving them some training for their new role. 

Excitingly, we have also found the funds to start a mentoring programme for staff working in institutions for orphanage-leavers.  Working with deprived teenagers can be immensely satisfying or hugely frustrating.  We hope that by supporting the staff we can help them avoid burn-out, build stronger relationships with the young people in their care, and find more fulfilment in their work.  If this works, the young people passing through their institutions will benefit hugely, both while they are in their care and in their adult lives to come.

Thank you all for your support.  We look forward to telling you how our young people get on through the year to come.

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