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

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.

Mar 2, 2014

Food & a future for homeless teenagers in Georgia

Thank you to everyone who has donated to Mkurnali in the last year.  Thanks to you, Mkurnali is able to house and feed seventeen young people including three small children who would otherwise be homeless.  Through Global Giving we aim to cover as much as possible of our food bill so that we can feed our residents and other local homeless youngsters.  

Today we will catch you up with some of our news and we'd also like to tell you about an opportunity to have 50% added to your donation.  Global Giving UK is holding a bonus week starting tomorrow on 3rd March 2014 at 12:01 am GMT and will be adding a fantastic 50% to donations made via globalgiving.co.uk/10666 until 10th March 2014 or when funds run out.  We recommend you make your donation as soon as possible if you would like to see it matched.  There are also prizes for the projects that raise the most money in that week and those that attract the most individual donors, so even if your donation isn't matched it could help bring us a big bonus.

So back to our news . . .


Justice for two more boys

Recently Mkurnali secured the release of two lads who were refused release from prison despite the fact that the decision to lengthen their sentences had been overturned.   They have both now been released, one is living with us and the other has gone to live in a village with his sister and her family.


Mkurnali teams up with another charity to offer literacy, maths and English classes.
Nino Chubabria, director of Mkurnali, also reports that they have recently been able to extend the services they provide to their residents
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“Our beneficiaries must get basic education in order to find permanent  jobs and not be dependent on  casual, day by day work. Applicants now have to undergo tests and  interviews for every kind of  employment. Therefore, in cooperation with the non-commercial organization “MAK”, we are now  educating our beneficiaries in writing, spelling, maths and English. In addition, with the support of “MAK” one of our beneficiaries was  given funding to study hairdressing in the Beauty Academy.”

We are delighted with this new partnership, which will improve the life chances of young people  who have missed out on so much education through homelessness and, in some cases, through time in prison, where they are given no education or training. 

Thank you all once again.  We couldn't help these young people at all if we didn't know that we could feed them.  Don't forget the bonus week starting tomorrow.  As ever we will be very grateful for any support you can offer.

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