"All my life I dreamt about going hiking with other grown ups, somewhere where no-one knew me. I was very interested in how I would be with them, and how they would relate to me. Now, not a day goes by when I don't remember this journey: about how I deliberately got myself lost so that they would come looking for me, about how they talked openly with me, and about how I wasn't offended by them. I can't wait for September when I can come to the group and see them all again."
Thanks to our Global Giving donors Nadia's dream came true. Our Russian colleagues have just led a hiking trip for eight families and Nadia, a member of the group for teenagers who are about to leave or have just left the children's home.
This was a joint venture between the teenagers' group and a special group for parents who grew up in children's homes and who have pre-school age children. The two groups are both run by Elena and Natalia's team, and they both benefit from joint activities. Two of the families were volunteers, who help the ex-orphanage members of the group to connect beyond their own social group. Sadly, staff in the local children's homes were worried that their teenagers might not be ready to take part. Fortunately, the older members of the teenagers' group, those who have already left the children's home, find it easier to keep in touch independently.
The hike is a great opportunity to try new things, meet new people, learn how to overcome problems and grow in confidence. Thank you for making it happen.
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