Help Russian orphans get education & socialize

by Big Change Charity Foundation
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize
Help Russian orphans get education & socialize

On May 23, Big Change launched a Creative class in the Psychoneurological Residence House No. 16!
The first lesson was attended by 15 pupils of the boarding school. And if at first our teachers were worried about whether there would be enough materials for everyone, how the lesson would go, and whether it would be interesting, then in the process all the worries went away by themselves.
All the guys were passionate about drawing, even those who categorically did not want to draw in a group.
Polina, tutor: "I asked the guys: does everyone know what an elephant looks like and what color it is? "Yes, we know, the elephant is gray!". So we decided to collectively draw an elephant, collecting circles and ovals into a single shape."
The guys drew enthusiastically for two hours, and at the end of the lesson they did not want to leave and said they would look forward to next class!

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Lena
Lena

There are phenomena that affect absolutely everyone, whether they like it or not.

Over the past two years, everyone has learned the words: covid, virus, pandemic. It is unlikely that there is a person or family in Russia who has not been touched by this disease and the need to defend against it, to be vaccinated, to protect oneself and loved ones. Many had to fight the virus, and often even fight for their lives. That is why I really want to tell a story about one girl who took up the fight against covid for the sake of everyone.

My name is Tatiana Sergeevna, I am a teacher of the Big Change charity foundation. We support young people with experience of orphanhood, help children get an education and become independent. The wards of the foundation are the residents or graduates of orphanages and psycho-neurological boarding schools. Our students are people who are not particularly expected to achieve professional success.
If they find some unskilled work - and that's considered to be good enough. However, they prove every year that a person is able to overcome any circumstances and obstacles on their way to professional and personal goals: to get an education, a desired job, find a place in life, inspire and even save the lives of others!

One student Lena has been in the children’s institutional system from the first day of her life. Her mother died in childbirth. Then she went through a baby house, an orphanage and a correctional boarding school. At the age of 14, Lena was left alone in a room which she inherited in a Moscow communal apartment. It was 1994 and such things sadly happened at that time. She was simply brought there from the boarding school and left to live by herself. She had to establish contact with the new world on her own and without experience of the outside world. There was no manual to read, no everyday skills learned and no acquaintances. Luckily, she managed to get a part-time job in a stall next to her house and was given food as a payment.

At the age of 16 Lena took her first step towards her already formed, but not fully completed dream - she began working as a junior nurse in a hospital. Hard, poorly paid work proved the thought in her soul that the idea of helping people was for her. For 15 years of work in the hospital, she has become a first-class specialist and would have gone further long ago: many years of experience and knowledge appeared in practice, and mercy and care seemed to be born with her. But until now there she did not have even a certificate for the 9th grade. Without it, she could not enter a medical college, which meant she you could not become a nurse.

How many people will go to school after 30? Not many, but Lena went. And she did not give up, even when they found breast cancer. We worked hard at the centre, supporting her with her studies, with her fight against the disease and financially. She studied and underwent chemotherapy sessions, studied and went into remission, studied and never complained about life ...


Three years ago, Lena successfully graduated from college and got a job as a nurse in the surgical department of a Moscow hospital. Since March 2020, the medical facility has been assigned for patients with COVID-19.

For a year and a half, that is the entire pandemic, Lena has worked in the red zone with the most severe patients and continues to nurse patients throughout. Hours of shifts, fatigue, lack of food and water - all this was not scary for Lena, as her main focus was to help. She is a star nurse and a medic from God. Attentive, selfless, devoted - for her every patient is important, every person must live, she lives, which means we are living as well! Lena, like no one, knows how to appreciate this life and as if not to notice all the difficulties in her way. I have a good relationship with all my students at The Big Change, but Lena is a special case, she is my role model and motivator! And it is not clear who gave more to whom: "The Big Change" to Lena or Lena to our team!

Thank you so much for supporting us and give us an opportunity to continue our common cause! We hope you are inspired and continue to support Big Change educational program in 2022. We can’t do it without you!

Our student Lena
Our student Lena
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Galya
Galya

Galina is another talented artist and graduate of the Big Change.

Galya has come a long way: the girl, who grew up in orphanage for children with neuropsychiatric disorders, now moved to live in Italy.

She is now studying in the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, she also creates souvenirs with her own hands.

“It took me so many years to get to an activity that I really enjoy doing. I started to work in a laundromat at opjhanage. Then I decided to find a job - eventually joined McDonald's, where I could choose a flexible schedule and have time to study, because if you want to progress, there will be no way without study, ” Galina recalls.
Following friends’ advice Galya came to our Foundation.

“In “ Big Change ”we were got help not only in our studies, but also in becoming adults.
Those were magical and crazy years! We had been covering not only a school program, but also participated in interest clubs, discussed various subjects, shared experiences, learned to frame our thoughts, and one more thing - travelled across Russia and Europe. We were taught to think, reason, debate. Together with teachers and with other students from this centre, I was able to visit London and Italy! Then I could not even think that I would move abroad permanently.


I had been studying at the centre for 3 years. During this time there were ups and downs, I thought more than once that I fail, but the support of the teachers and the faces of the students who had already passed the exams helped, - they changed so much, and these transformation in their faces was the best motivation for me.
I had thoughts to quit in college as well, but again I was supported by people, teachers who witnessed my progress and believed in me, ”- the girl said.


Following college graduation, Galya decided to continue her education abroad, in sunny Italy. We are so proud of her!!

Thank you so much for supporting us and give us an opportunity to continue our common cause! We hope you are inspired and continue to support Big Change educational program. We can’t do it without you!

Galya in Italy
Galya in Italy

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November 9 is World Orphans Day.

The orphanhood for ′′Big Change Foundation ′′ is not only a social phenomenon, but also a level of consciousness development. Our understanding of orphanhood includes the manifestation of such qualities as fear, powerlessness, injustice, dependency, insecurity, violence, loneliness.

Teachers and tutors of the Foundation help students as a priority to change their self-perception, discover their own uniqueness and authenticity, explore their potential, and make the impossible possible. And this becomes possible by creating an environment where self-development is encouraged.

In the course of the education program our students – orphanage-leavers change the ′′ Survival ′′ value system to ′′Life " value system. It is important to understand that life is an opportunity, and everyone is its author. You need to take responsibility for your life and answer the questions: what do I want? what matters to me? what is my dream? how will I achieve this dream and what do I need for it?

The answers to these questions are the foundation of an individual project of their life. Teachers of the Foundation are supervising students from the moment of initial idea creation to setting up goals and objectives and planning their activities. During their study in the Big Change, students develop a different perspective on the world, get the knowledge, skills, and experience that they apply in all areas of their lives.

We have a lot of plans on 2021-2022 academic year! Thank you so much for supporting us and give us an opportunity to continue our common cause! We hope you are inspired and continue to support Big Change educational program. We can’t do it without you! 

Our students
Our students

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Our achievements of the 2020-2021 academic year
Our achievements of the 2020-2021 academic year

In October 2021 "Big Change" is celebrating  the birthday of 19 years. 

19 years "Big Change" has been supporting orphans and orphanage graduates. We have been helping them to get quality education and learn how to live independently. We are proud of our results during these years!

We have helped 719 people with orphan background change their future:

134 participants graduated from 9th or 11th grade; 

152 students entered colleges or universities; 

28 "grandchildren" were born to our students during these 18 years, none of them got to facility;  

14 managed to leave facilities for mentally challenged people, now they live independently.

93% of our wards achieved their goals: to get education, to get a job, to start a family. 

We have great plans! To continue our work we fundraise money for all of our projects. Thank you so much for supporting us and give us an opportunity to continue our common cause! We can’t do it without you!

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