There are over 660,000 orphans in Russia. Some of them live in orphanages and some in adoptive families. Our foundation helps young people from orphanages who have the most difficulties after graduating the system to settle well in life, to find a job, a home, a family. We do that by developing motivation to learn, helping them get better education and encouraging them to take responsibility for their future.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Out of 4400 orphans in Moscow only 10-15% after graduating the system will settle well in life, finding jobs, a home, a family. The rest will not adapt to an independent life, becoming drug addicts, alcoholics or involved with crime. The main reasons for such depressing statistics are improper education, absence of basic social skills and family support, as well as a position of "victim" cultivated throughout their life style.
How will this project solve this problem?
Our main goal is to help students become well-rounded adults capable of leading a successful and independent life by: (a) developing an interest for learning; (b) accessing education; (c) choosing a profession and find a job; (d) developing skills for independent living, and most importantly (e) gaining self-confidence.
Potential Long Term Impact
Every year around 60 orphaned children and youth at "Big Change" are getting education, entering a college and obtaining desired profession. Which takes them to the point of being able to lead independent life, i.e. making independent decisions, being responsible.
Total Funding Received to Date: $15,624
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $9,376
Total Funding Goal: $25,000