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.
Apr 10, 2014

Club for kids with impaired hearing celebrates

Nikita when he was a member of our Club
Nikita when he was a member of our Club

Our Club for children with impaired hearing and their parents has just celebrated its tenth birthday.  For ten years we have been offering families help, support and friendship from the moment they discover their child's disability.  For ten years we have been working to make sure that deaf toddlers don't miss out on learning to communicate.  

At our party we were delighted to see children, who have already grown up and go to school, chat away, and use speech to communicate.  Christina and Borya use speech and sign language.  They go to school, as do Nikita and Yulia.  Maxim, Makar and Seraphima all go to kindergarten.  In the photos you can see how Nikita has grown up since he was a member of our Club.  We also invited a group of folk musicians, he kept us all entertained.

We heard many kind words from the parents at the party.  They spoke about how important it was for them to come to the Club, to be able to meet other parents in the same situation as well as specialists, and to be able to share experiences, receive support and become more confident in raising their child.

Thank you all for your support.  Here's to the next ten years!

P.S.  Would you like to help us prepare for the next Global Giving bonus day on May 7th? If you have 20 minutes to spare and would like to get more involved, please e-mail Sarah Gale on sarah.sgf@live.com.

Nikita at our tenth birthday party
Nikita at our tenth birthday party
Apr 10, 2014

After years on the streets Beso needs your help

Beso
Beso

Thank you to everyone who responded so generously to our special appeal last month.  The Global Giving community responded magnificently with a record amount to add to our local contributions.  Welcome to all of you who are receiving our report for the first time.  

We'd like to tell you the story of one of our residents.  Each one has their own story of hardship and they need us to step up and provide the care they are missing.  

Beso was 10 years old when his mother died of cancer in front of him, which was a big blow to this child’s psyche. It affected him very deeply. After this he ended up on the streets. Beso liked studying so much that even when he ended up on the streets he still went to school, but because the Georgian government did not have a strategy for homeless children and because he could not buy books and proper clothes, he had to leave school. Despite all of this he would read everything he could lay his hands on.

In 2005 when the "street children" rehabilitation center opened, Beso was transferred there but the dream he had of continuing to go to school was not fulfilled there. At the age of 16 he ended up on the streets again and he was working as a builder's labourer and yet with the money he earned he bought books, journals and magazines to read before going to sleep. He could also sing amazingly well but through living on the streets he lost the hearing that affects his musical ear and so he cannot sing anymore, which still upsets him a lot. 

In 2010 he was brought to "Mkurnali" and since then he has been living with us. Beso still continued to work as a builder's labourer until  28/12/13 when he came back from work in pain and we called for an ambulance and he was diagnosed with an intestinal obstruction. He had an operation in which his gut was taken partially outside which will need to be put back by the end of April. Since the first operation was an emergency and could not be postponed, it was done free of charge thanks to medical staff, but we will need to pay for the second operation, which will cost $1570.

If you would like to help Beso, you can donate via this page: www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/help-beso-receive-a-vital-operation/.

We are also looking for people to help us prepare for the next Global Giving Bonus day on May 7th.  If you have 20 minutes to spare and would like to get involved, please contact Sarah Gale on sarah.sgf@live.com.  

Mar 25, 2014

Four-star hotel welcomes our orphanage-leavers

Many people who grew up in orphanages feel that much of the world outside is alien to them.  They have grown up living and going to school in one institution with very little contact with people and places beyond its walls.  

This is why we were so delighted when two Marriott hotels in our city invited us for masterclasses in serving at table, cooking and career's advice.  For our first visit we took both the group of young orphanage-leavers that you have been supporting and members of our group for older orphanage-leavers with children.  As you can see in our picture, even the children came with us.

Whether or not any members of our groups decides to work in the hospitality industry, everyone learnt a great deal from the day.  Everyone knows how they can lay a really special table for celebrations (this might sound minor but after the dreariness of orphanage life it can give a huge lift).  Everyone has had a glimpse into a different world, has learnt some of the etiquette of that world and how to get on with staff who could one day be their employers.

We are very grateful to the Courtyard Marriott Vasilievsky for giving us this wonderful experience, to our groups for working hard on the day, and to you for all your support.

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