From 5th to 11th of April a group of Maria’s Children volunteers visited Beslan. It was our 8th time, 8th year that we are gathering International team of artists, clowns and friends to spend a week together with children of School No.1. Theo and Bregje came from Holland, Guillaume – from Canada. Victoria Kotsoyeva, one of girl who was in the siege in 2004 and now a student of S.-Petersburg University, joined us to return home in new quality as a volunteer.
It was very intensive week. We started it with weekend in mountains with 5th-graders, and we worked then the whole week at the School. In mountains we walked a lot, organized training and games, learnt about history and tradition of these beautiful place. At the School we offered children master-classes – 1st-graders created collective mural with Maria, senior students had training for team building, trust and cooperation with Asya and Zhanna, senior girl learnt from Erica professional artistic make-up and painted faces of little kids. Anya and gilrs who graduate the School this year prepared wreathes of flowers for teachers who taught them from 1st to 11th grade. Sona discovered for 3rd-graders magic art of melting crayons. Guillaume initiated juggling club by making clubs by ourselves with boys and girls which utilized plastic bottles and old tennis balls. This theme of “waste utilization” into art objects sounded in gym as well where Olga, Masha and kids constructed a tower from pages of old papers and magazines. Theo, school and circus teacher himself played with kids clowns game and improvisations. Kristina inspired 5th-graders for animated film and theatre training. And the gym was transformed to beautiful place with new mural painting!
It is a tradition to arrange a concert at the end and show to each other what we achieved during a week and a year, and it would lasted and lasted, and we would danced and sang all the day long if we should not have to go to another place – the orphanage in Vladikavkaz. We use to come there with students of Beslan school.
But sooner or later the week came to its end, and we had to come back to Moscow. Our way to and from Beslan always comes through memorial cemetery where buried victims of the siege. This September it will be 10 years since this tragedy. We will never forget about that. We would always share with our Beslan friends both their grief and joy, and they are with us in our joy and grief too (as it happened this year when Beslan volunteers were at Maria’s Children summer camp when our Ilya Segalovich passed away). When we started to work in Beslan and met then 4th-graders, they were little kids, and they grown up since then, they finish the School this year, chose a profession and further way to world. And on this way children from Beslan meet children from orphanages, it gives birth to beautiful friendships and stories, victims of the horrible siege become volunteers and help people around them.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all those people at GlobalGiving who donated us funds for this trip! Thank you dear friends for bringing joy and colours from all over the world to Beslan! We delivered it and Beslan people send you their gratitude and love!
We are very grateful to all of you who help us here, at GlobalGiving. With your financial and information support we have now the chance to raise money and awareness through over the world for helping children in Beslan. We are planning to go to Beslan 4-11 April 2014. So we have some time ahead to prepare ourselves and raise more funds for this project.
Now we would like to public here some quotation from beneficiaries of Maria’s Children project in Beslan, our dearest friends there, who survived at that horrible siege:
Victoria Kotsoeva, graduate of the School 1, 2013
For us, children of Beslan, Maria’s Children are not just guests of our school. They are even more then friends. It’s like a big and friendly family. We are always waiting for them with impatience because when they arrive, our school turns into a fairy tale full of wonders. Maria’s Children family consists of many loving, open, cheerful and very sunny people who share their kindness with us. They organize plenty of interesting master-classes for kids and senior school pupils. Maria’s Children have really brightened our life. They teach us to be pitiful, together we visit an orphanage where we paint walls and learn to interact with little orphans. And now we are very proud that we have the honor to volunteer with such a wonderful organization!
Azamat Kadiev, 11th form
Why do I like volunteering with Maria’s Children? Because, working in their team, I revealed new aspects of my personality. It occurred that I’m fond of doing things with children: playing football, draw, dancing and playing different games with them. And the most important discovery that I made is the following: all the children of all countries and nationalities like when the sun is shining bright, when it is raining, when leaves are sprouting in spring and falling from trees in autumn, when music is playing and when somebody is caring about you.
Nadezhda Gurieva, history teacher of the School 1
Maria’s Children visits to our school play an important role in our pupils’ life attitude formation. Thanks to them, many of the children-hostages have become more open, sociable, actively involved in volunteering, have a positive influence on their peers. As to me, it is a valuable experience which helps me in my work with our special children. Each time it is a fabulous adventure that helps many children to develop their talents... It’s something that our pupils begin missing already on the next day after Maria’s Children leave. During our stay at Sorochany Summer Camp (which they organize for children from orphanages), one of my pupils, Azam, said: “I don’t understand, how one can abandon their child no matter what the child is like. I will never do so”. And I think it’s the most important result of our efforts.
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