Help Russian orphans get education & socialize

 
$15,428
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Sep 26, 2014

September 2014

Educational trip
Educational trip

The Big Change team is proud to present our latest news!

Most students come to Big Change as young adults after having grown too old for the orphanage. Some are unable to read, almost all are unable to focus and study. Many haven’t even taken their 9th grade exams yet, because they were labeled as “unable to be educated” and sent to sub-standard orphanage schools.

The entire months of July and August we’ve been getting the information about the results of the final and entrance exams taken by our students. During the summer break we’ve conducted a week-long biology camp and an educational trip around Russia for the participants of our projects and programs.

In August-September there is an initial evaluation and the placement of students for the upcoming school year. This stage is very important and we dedicate a great deal of attention to individual consultations with foster parents. 6 such foster parents will be able to receive such individualized attention from our specialists and 9 children foster families will receive a continual educational assistance during an entire academic year. The students who were in school the previous year, more  than  60 pupils, will begin their studies on September 8.

Big Change has the staff, the tutors and the mentors to enroll up to 60 students, which will put the class size at 1-3 students each. Every student has a mentor and an individualized plan to help him/her realize their dreams. If we receive the necessary funding, the cost during the entire school year is $300 per month per student. We still need the money to realize all of our plans, so please, do not hesitate to donate or share the information about us with your friends and colleagues. Wethankyouforyourtrustandsupport!

 We thank you for your support and trust!

Bio - ecological  summer practice
Bio - ecological summer practice
Jun 25, 2014

Big Change Report (June 2014)

Students on class
Students on class

The Big Change Team is proud to present our latest news!

More than 62 young people received our support and participated in our programs during the previous 3 months (April, May, June). With the help of 23 teaches the Educational Center held more than 1390 lessons on 10 school subjects. Also we’ve provided 2 musical lounges and 6 trips and excursions.

Most students come to Big Change as young adults, after having grown too old for the orphanage. Some are unable to read, almost all unable to focus and study. Many haven’t taken even their 9th form exams yet, because they were labeled young as “unable to be educated” and sent to sub-standard orphanage schools.

Next year, Big Change has the staff, tutors and mentors to enroll 60 students, giving them classes of one to three students each. Every student has a mentor and an individualized plan as to how to get their dream. It costs 300 $ a month for each student for the whole school year. If we receive the funding. We still need money to realize all our plans. So please do not hesitate to donate or share the information about us with your friends and colleagues. We thank you for your support and trust!

Thank you!

Galina
Galina
Our students
Our students
Apr 8, 2014

Big Change Report (April 2014)

Our students on class
Our students on class

The Big Change Team is proud to present our latest news!

More than 62 young people received our support and participated in our programs during the previous 3 months. With the help of 23 teaches the Educational Center held more than 1650 lessons on 10 school subjects. Also we’ve provided 2 musical lounges, 5 trips and excursions and twice we visited theatre with students.

We have great plans! We intend to analyze and improve our approach to work with young people from mental institutions. We plan conduct research on what opportunities exist for professional education and general employment.

Also the Big Change research group will continue its work on establishing new methods for fostering self-dependency in our students. We will emphasize models of curatorial service, completing the criteria and methods for diagnosis of knowledge and skills, and also being assessing the research results. We thank you for your support and trust! But we still need 4,620,000 RUB (around 140,000 USD) to finish this academic year and to realize all our plans. So please do not hesitate to donate or share the information about us with your friends and colleagues. 

Thank you!

Student on class
Student on class
class of history
class of history
Maths class
Maths class
Jan 9, 2014

Joy of studying

Student and the teacher: one-to-one studying
Student and the teacher: one-to-one studying

Remember, how often didn't you want to go to school when you were 13-14 years old. School seemed to be something common, something matter-of-course. The only thing we can all confess in is that time after time every each of us thought how great it would be not to go to school.

But for children from orphanages and special care orphanages to learn, to study is a privilege. In those kind of places kids get some education but its not enough and for some of the children who need special approach, special teacher -  its completely nothing. After graduating orphanages some children cant even read! Can you imagine that in our high-tech century? Can you believe that someone have no knowledge how to read? But it happens not so rare.

And there are centers of additional education for young adults age 15-30 can fill the gaps of education. Every person - student in "Big change" center has his own year program: no fast or slow but just as he need. Every student treated carefully with  dignity and respect no matter what he or she cant do or does not know. Teacher focuses on students goals and help him achieve them to the end of the year.

During school year students have different activities other than common education: music, art, travel club. So they can interact with each other, explore city or find out something interesting. 

For many of those who cant get proper education, to attend Centers like Big Change is a really BIG change in their life, because it gives them chance to study, chance to reach their dreams of good work, home and normal life.

Dec 30, 2013

Big Change Report (December 2013)

The Big Change Team is proud to present our latest Newsletter!

This school year (2013-2014) we have about 60 young people enrolled in various programs. Some students came with a desire to get ready for the high school exams, others came with a need to acquire basic level education and skills that will enable them to live independently.This year we have fewer students coming from the orphanages, but a larger number of kids from adoptive families and young people from mental homes, who require assistance with social adaptation. More information and photos of your 2013-2014 year students you can find in the PDF attached. 

“Big Change” Charity Foundation will continue its work in new 2014 year. We thank you for your support and trust! We have great plans for the following year: lessons will be held, conferences organized, extracurricular activities and events will be planned. But we still need 5,000,000 RUB (around 150,000 USD) for our future programs. So please do not hesitate to donate or share the information about us with your friends and colleagues. 

Thank you!


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Elena Mazina

Moscow, Russia

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