St Gregory's Foundation

St Gregory's Foundation works in Russia and Georgia to tackle the social problems facing children, teenagers, parents and carers. Our projects address the root causes of disadvantage by putting families before institutions, strengthening a sense of responsibility in young and old alike and providing opportunities for vulnerable people to fulfill their potential. Our work makes our beneficiaries active participants in improving their own lives and encourages a more charitable society.
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. project reportread updates from the field
Care for 20 homeless teenagers in Tbilisi, Georgia
 
We offer a home and vocational training for up to 20 homeless teenagers in Tbilisi. In the last 10 years, 400 children and teenagers have passed through our rehabilitation process and almost all have now built successful, independent lives. We run several small enterprises to provide training and work including a printer cartridge refilling service, which helps to fund our work. In today's tough climate, we are struggling and have had to turn teenagers away because we can't feed them. project reportread updates from the field
Summer camp for orphanage-leavers with children
 
If you grow up in an orphanage in Russia, you have no positive experiences of family life, you are traumatised by being abandoned or taken from your mother, and you are thoroughly institutionalised. It is no wonder orphanage leavers struggle when they have their own children. It is common for children of orphanage leavers to be taken into orphanages themselves but we can break this cycle. We support 38 families year-round to become better parents. The summer camp is the high point of the year project reportread updates from the field
Build a bath-house to benefit Russian orphans
 
We run summer camps for parents who grew up in orphanages and their children, where we give intensive support for their parenting skills. We have no safe washing facilities at the moment and urgently need to reconstruct our traditional Russian banya or bath-house. This will mean that we can continue to offer a warm welcome at our rural log-cabin. This simple, but beautiful spot has seen so many families' lives changed but we can't continue without a bath-house. project reportread updates from the field
Help Beso receive a vital operation
 
Beso was 10 when he saw his mother die of cancer. It affected him very deeply, he ended up on the streets and had to leave school. In 2005 he was sent to a street children's centre but at 16 he was homeless again. Since 2010 he has been living at our shelter. On 28/12/13 he came back from work in pain. We called for an ambulance and he was diagnosed with an intestinal obstruction. He had an operation in which part of his gut was taken outside his body. He needs an operation now to repair it. project reportread updates from the field
Help 30 Russian kids with hearing loss communicate
 
The earlier a child with hearing impairment receives help, the more likely it is that they will learn to communicate verbally. Our deaf club is the only place in St Petersburg which helps babies as young as 4 months. Just as importantly, their parents are supported as they come to terms with their child's disability and learn how to lobby for treatment and education for their child. As a result many of "our" children go on to join mainstream kindergartens. project reportread updates from the field
 
   

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