Step Up

We work with children and young adults from Moscow orphanages. Our mission is to help every child to learn and develop as a person, overcoming the negatives of an institutionalized past. Step Up is the first organization in Russia which, since 1999, has worked to provide orphans with a quality education, to motivate them to learn. We help graduates of orphanages to complete school, find jobs, pass college/university entrance exams. We provide specific help necessary to overcome the psychological complexes that plague orphans. We enable institutionalized orphans and orphanage graduates to make wise, mature and healthy decisions for their own live. We also work surmount and eventually change...
Jan 19, 2016

New Cooking Project

Katya Pal
Katya Pal

Dear friends,

Today, I’d like to introduce to you one of our new initiative. You probably know that StepUp is not only about academic knowledge, but also about life skills and relations. This September we started a new project called The-Buttered-Side-Up (MaslomVverkh in Russian) with the help of our new friends Katya Pal and Roman Lerner from the Kings & Cabbage Cooking Club. Both of them have left their successful professional careers because of their passion for cooking and willing to share with passion with the others. They are remarkable cooks and great teachers of kitchen magic. We are so excited to have these extraordinary guys as volunteers in this project.

Every Monday they welcome our students in their marvelous and professionally equipped cooking studio and teach them to cook every day and holiday recipes. Adolescents leaving orphanages often cannot cook at all or are able to prepare very basic stuff. Katya and Roman teach them to cook more complicated things such as pizza, fish and vegetable soup, fish-and-chips, dumplings, salads, omelette, etc. They also teach to employ various cooking techniques and use different kitchen appliances. Students are working in small teams. Each session lasts for about 4 hours and ends with common eating of what was cooked. Everyone is encourages something to take home the leftovers and excess ingredients for home experiments. Most of ingredients are provided by our sponsors from Globus retail company. So these are products that can be found in a regular supermarket.   

Katya and Roman are just angels to look at how our crazy students pull their cozy space to pieces.

Students admire this new project a lot. First of all, it is enormous fun. Second, they learn that healthy and home-made food can taste better than burgers from McDonalds. Third, they get chance to mix with students from classes and with volunteers who come to help us with project. In this process, they learn to be volunteers themselves which a great step for those who got used to receive and not to give. On the New Year eve, they gathered in the Kings & Cabbage kitchen to cook holiday salads for kids from the Filimonki special needs orphanage.

Our warmest thanks to Katya and Roman!

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Roman with a cake for the anniversary of StepUp
Roman with a cake for the anniversary of StepUp
During the cooking session
During the cooking session
Salads for kids from Filimonki
Salads for kids from Filimonki
Cooking pizza
Cooking pizza
Cooking stuffed vegatables
Cooking stuffed vegatables
Jan 19, 2016

Volunteer Winter Camp 2016

Over the course of New Year and the first week of 2016 a group of 20 volunteers from Step Up organized New Year celebrations and a week of developmental activities — the second ever Winter Camp that Step Up has put on the Belskoye Ustye orphanage for mentally and physically disabled children.

The programme included individual presents for all the children, a visit by Father Christmas on New Year's eve and a meal and celebration of the end of 2015 that included all the older children and volunteers.

Other activities included master classes, a Winter Olympics, interactive plays and a final show to coincide with the departure of the volunteers and Orthodox Christmas celebrations on January 7th.

The majority of the volunteers who took part in the Winter Camp had already been to Belskoye Ustye for Summer Camp 2015 but there were several new volunteers who were taking part for the first time. Winter Camp serves a key role cementing relationships between volunteers, children and orphanage workers — and there would otherwise be very little for the children to do over the New Year holidays when the orphanage is run with a skeleton staff.

Oct 20, 2015

Autumn Circus in Belskoye Ustye

At the end of August, a group of 18 volunteers who took part in Summer Camp returned to the orphanage for four days to lead a series of activities and master-classes around the theme of a circus — building on work done at Summer Camp.

The initative for trip came from volunteers, who paid for their own travel and board.

Volunteers put on cooking master-classes, soap-making master-classes, photography master-classes as well arts and crafts master-classes. Groups of children were also selected to take part in special master-classes to prepare for the main event of the trip — a real circus! The circus involved performances by all the kids and volunteers — including clowns, acrobats, animals and other performers! The sports hall of the orphanage was transformed for one day into a big top.

The trip played an important role cementing relationships between volunteers, orphanage staff and children after Summer Camp. At the end of the trip, all the older children and the carers came out to the nearby road to wave the volunteers off: a truly touching moment — and something that they have never done before.

 
   

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