Step Up

We work with children and young adults from Moscow orphanages. Our mission is to help every child to learn and develop as a person, overcoming the negatives of an institutionalized past. Step Up is the first organization in Russia which, since 1999, has worked to provide orphans with a quality education, to motivate them to learn. We help graduates of orphanages to complete school, find jobs, pass college/university entrance exams. We provide specific help necessary to overcome the psychological complexes that plague orphans. We enable institutionalized orphans and orphanage graduates to make wise, mature and healthy decisions for their own live. We also work surmount and eventually change...
Jan 10, 2014

Graduating day

Final foto
Final foto

At my first visit to Step up organization I found myself as a part of the biggest event - the graduating day. I saw elegant young people running here and there and all they were very thrilled, teachers were making hairs, setting the tables...

I saw several small rooms where students - young orphans from special orphanages for children with special needs, studying and learning. Step up organization is one of the several organizations in Moscow where orphans can get proper education and pass their exams to get certificate. It is the first document everyone should have so they can apply for a job or continue studying at the University. Its the first official document that means that you have graduated school. Not all orphans has opportunity to pass exams and get certificate while studying at the orphanages, because some of them needs very slow and careful approach that meets all their needs. I saw rooms, full of school books, old computers, blackboard. I imagine how difficult it must be to study at school when you are about 18-19 and supposed to go to the university or work. How many efforts do they  all make to fill the gaps in education. All lessons are for free to students, everyone can join. But joining you should stay in. Nobody will make you to come, you yourself should know why you are here.

And now I saw all these bright faces and shining eyes. Young adults, ex-students were so proud of themselves. During the party students thanked their teachers, said kind words. One young man delivered a very touching thankful speech. He was shying because he was not able to speak clear, but he was trying and that moment was the moment of happiness. I understood how much this first certificate means to all these girls and boys, how much they were trying to get it and what the ocean of opportunities is before them now. 

That was very good and inspirational visit to Step up organization.

Dec 16, 2013

FIFA TV tells a story about Step Up football team

The marathon is done: "Gonna write this in my CV"
The marathon is done: "Gonna write this in my CV"

Dear friends,

Few months ago I told you about our football team. I am not the only one who is excited about it. FIFA TV channel recently filmed a 5-minute video about our boys and I am happy to share it with you:

Here is the link to watch this video at vimeo.com in high quality.

Please, spend 5 minutes of your time to watch this video.

I would like to add to what is said in the video that Maxim Mironov - the main character of this video - ran the Moscow marathon this September. He also was a volunteer for our Summer Camp in Pskov region this year. 

Now Maxim is ready to make another step in his professional career. In January he will start to work as a physical education teacher at school. We all here in Step Up wish him good luck in his undertakings!  

I attach our November newsletter for your kind attention. There are more news on football and news on science inside. In the same issue!

 

Thank you and all the best to all our supporters!

 

Sincerely,

Anna 

Training to be a school teacher
Training to be a school teacher
Maxim as a Summer Camp volunteer
Maxim as a Summer Camp volunteer

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Nov 4, 2013

Summer Camp in Pskov Region

Final performance by volunteers
Final performance by volunteers

Dear friends,

In this letter I would like to tell you about another project ran by Step Up. It is a Summer Camp in Belskoye Ustye Orphanage in Pskov Region (about 700 km to the north-west from Moscow).

Belskoye Ustye Orphanage is one of Russia's psychoneurological institutions for children with serious mental and physical disabilities. The orphanage is located in a small village and children are  largely deprived of socialising with anyone from the outside world. They interact almost exclusively with their carers and teachers. Each year Summer Camp brings about 20 volunteers from different countries to make holidays for these children who do not leave the orphanage in summer. Volunteers organize games, performances and various developmental activities.

Summer Camp is the mostly waited event of the year in the orphanage and it is great experience for volunteers.

One of volunteers - Viktoria Taesina - shares her impressions:

"Above all I remember the most touching, and the brightest moments of Summer Camp. For example, near to the end we wrote letters to the children. One of the carers told us how Sasha could not be parted from his letter – he slept with it, he went to lunch with it, he always had it with him and was constantly asking for it to be read to him. I remember how, when you were leaving the orphanage, you would hear your name being shouted. You turned round and one of the children was standing at the window, waving at you. At such moments you smile to yourself, and want to come back next year."

 

This year 3 out of 16 volunteers were Step Up students or graduates! We think that it is a great achivement of Step Up. Those, whom we helped, now help the others!!!

 

For longer stories with dozens of pictures and even video please follow the link:

http://alekseeva.publ.com/Summer-Camp-Report

 

I attached a Step Up Newsletter for September 2013 for your attention. It presents a story of the opening ceremony marking the start of new academic year.

 

 

A big thank you to all our supporters!!

 

Sincerely,

Anna

One of our students who volunteered in Summer Camp
One of our students who volunteered in Summer Camp
Dreams may one day become true
Dreams may one day become true

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