Donation Options

Prepare 30 Russian Orphans for Adult Life



Teenagers in St Petersburg orphanages and recent orphanage-leavers are supported by psychologists and volunteer families to help them make the difficult transition to adult life. Group activities and individual therapy helps them overcome childhood traumas and prepare themselves for living independently, finding and keeping a job, and forming positive relationships.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Every year around 600 young people leave orphanages in St Petersburg. When they leave aged between 17 and 23 many of them will quickly find themselves homeless, involved in crime and risky behaviour. Surveys show that six years later three out of every four will still feel isolated and find it difficult to cope with life. Every aspect of their lives is affected: they are often unemployed, have poorer health, and find it difficult to maintain relationships.

How will this project solve this problem?

Two groups of 10 teenage orphans go to weekly meeting with psychologists to prepare them practically and emotionally for adult life. A social worker makes home visits to 10 more young people living in the community. Volunteers who also grew up in orphanages use their own experience to help the younger orphans. Our aim is to strengthen our young people emotionally, to widen their social network, and help them take responsibility for their own lives.

Potential Long Term Impact

The thirty young people who take part in our programme will learn to take responsibility and solve their own problems in the future. We believe this is essential for their future happiness, their employability and the success of their future family life. Their success will benefit the whole community, meaning lower crime and lower welfare dependency.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $20,565
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $10,663
Total Funding Goal: $31,228


Donate by US Mobile Phone

Text GIVE 4741 to 80088 to donate $10 to Prepare 30 Russian Orphans for Adult Life. Message and data rates may apply. Only works for US mobile phones.
TXT MSG from our lawyers: Note that your $10 donation will be made to the GlobalGiving Foundation-Prepare 30 Russian Orphans for Adult Life project. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by the account holder. You must reply YES to the confirmation message. You must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Text STOP to 80088 to stop all communication. Text HELP to 80088 for help. Message and data rates may apply. Full Terms: Privacy Policy:
An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $12
  • $22
  • $55
  • $84
  • $170
  • $12
    each month
  • $22
    each month
  • $55
    each month
  • $84
    each month
  • $170
    each month
  • $
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?


Project Leader

Sarah Gale

Crewe, Cheshire Russia

Where is this project located?

Map of Prepare 30 Russian Orphans for Adult Life
Great; we do too!
Enter your email address to receive updates from this project and from GlobalGiving
We respect your privacy.