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
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! 

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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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This year in August the Big Change Foundation’s educational travel club visited the Caucasus State Natural Biosphere Reserve named after Kh. G. Shaposhnikov within the summer training program. The group of 15 people in total included teachers, students and the center’s graduates with their kids. There were experienced travelers, as well as newbies among the visitors. And still for all of them this trip was a new experience – difficult but very interesting.

We are very grateful to the Reserve’s management and employees for this opportunity. We want to express our special appreciation to Natalya S, the Reserve’s employee and our guide, for taking us around the Reserve’s territory during the whole training, telling us about its rules, history and the working process, and for answering our questions! We have attended the excursions to the open-air cages complex with animals and ecological trails, tried ourselves in the role of volunteers, and the most courageous members of the group had an opportunity to go hiking in the mountains through the Bzerpinsk cornice to the Holodny camp and see a huge glacier.

Such trips allow us to get to know how conservation facilities work in our country.

This experience is a great opportunity for kids to test their strengths, master their touristic and day-to-day skills, broaden the horizons and make up an adequate representation of the environment, get to know other peers and meet new people and experts.

During the training we learn to plan, project and analyze different real-life situations, try to solve problems and resolve conflicts together.

Trips like this let us experience the tourism culture, make our own discoveries, help us to get interested in the environment, as well as to see and value the beauty, they also help us to acquire new experiences that can come in handy in life.

Here is a little story to illustrate the trip. When we were going back after two-days camping through the Bzerpinsk cornice to the Holodny camp, we met a couple of tourists. They started asking questions, and our students, impressed and inspired by the camping, started sharing their stories with the tourists. The tourists were very surprised: “Sounds like you are a pro!”, and one of our students – Vasya – said: “We are now, but we all used to be newbies!”

During such trips, kids uncover their abilities and learn a lot. It is a path to understanding the world and themselves. This is what our students saya bout it:

“This is my first major camping trip where I feel such responsibility.”

“I am an explorer in this trip. Every day I explore myself.”

“I am amazed at myself and my own body.”

“I am grateful that I could go on this trip. Grateful for this opportunity. I really enjoyed the movie about how they nurture and help animals to adapt to their further independent life. This movie is awesome!”

“I am grateful for this opportunity to test myself and my strength and resilience.”

“I am grateful to myself for that despite all difficulties I had the courage to go through this path – to hike up and down the mountain.”

“I was sure that I could do it, and these thoughts helped me.”

“I went on this trip, had a good time and rest, made a lot of interesting discoveries, breathed some fresh air.”

“I am learning to deal with situations in the right way.”

The trip is an opportunity for learning to be among people and getting to know each other.

It wasn’t just a trip. We learned a lot of new things, learned to communicate during this trip, got to know new people and to share our experience. We managed to get to know each other better. This trip is a chance to learn how to communicate meaningfully and officially.

You can’t expect a trip to be perfect… There will always be something unexpected. You have to learn from experience and previous trips.

Such trips are very useful for newbies. I was a newbie on this trip, so the camping revealed all my weaknesses, which I overcame pretty quickly. I would especially recommend newbies to go on such trips, but only if they are interested.

It wasn’t just a trip for me, I went there to show myself, to learn something new. If you want to learn something new, for example, to cook, the trips are exactly what you need. Someone will have to cook breakfast and lunch. I told the facilitators that I didn’t have any experience cooking for myself and that I was eager to learn. And I started to cut greens, potatoes, tomatoes…The trips make you grow personally and allow you to learn necessary routine things.

We faced many difficulties in this trip. Was there something that helped us? Vasiliy, one of the participants, shared his thoughts about it:

“You know, in the first place, teamwork really helped. Because there were many difficulties, not just one or two… And despite them, the training programs were organized and completed, I think because we worked as a team. Our team was great, I really loved it. Every person in the team had their part to play and work to do, and it was the first thing that helped to solve problems. Everyone did something to make this trip happen and work. When we made decisions together to make sure that everyone feels comfortable. Every day something interesting happened, and it happened when we discussed something that didn’t go according to the plan.

What else was so valuable for us on this trip? We had an opportunity not to just get over the situation, but “to live through it, to understand, discuss and debate about it with the teacher”, as one of the students said. This kind of communication, a chance to discuss and analyze the situation, to listen and discover other people’s points of view are especially valuable. We hope that we will continue advancing this skill.

We would really wish that summer training trips like this one would be a regular thing, and we want to make them better and more interesting, so we made a list of recommendations for future participants regarding, for example, the preparation, packing and the menu improvements. Victor L, one of the Foundation’s students and the summer training participant, says: “I advise the participants of the next trip to go for everything because I was a little jealous when you went to the mountains. I hope that they will experience something totally new and conquer new peaks, and of course, have a lot of sunshine! I also would like to wish the facilitators to get a good rest next time. And to stay near the sea for some time!”

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! 

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Our students
Our students
Our students

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Dear Friends!

During 2020-2021 academic year "Big Change" helped 74 young guys in different ways: some students study at classes, some attend extra-curricular classes, and some receive support in difficult life circumstances. 

Our students are:

-Young people still living in the orphanages, but close to starting independent life (14 to 18 years old); 

-Adopted or "foster care" school age children (14 to 18 years old); 

-Orphanage leavers who are able to live independently (older 18 years old) or who were placed in mental houses at the age of 18.

Our students this academic year:

-coped with educational tasks

-coped with the task of finding a job

-solved family tasks and learned to manage finances

-engaged in creativity and participated in Big Change events

-learned to see the contribution of other people to their success, to be grateful, in particular, to donors and educators of Big Change.

 

During 2020-2021 academic year we had different training sessions and activities within the program modules:

- Education without gaps - 6744 lessons

- Self-education - 4 conferences

- English club - 17 meetings

- Theater Club - 8 performances

- Traveller - 18 exhibitions, 5 excursions, 1 trip to Vologda

- Biological practice - 2 hikes, 1 meeting, 4 trips, 1 excursion to Reserve

- Economic club - 5 meetings

Feedback from foster parents:

- mother of Serezha V. "I am satisfied that my child graduated from high school and was able to go to college. And there were very few hopes for this before school change))
I wish you had a good time, there were donors, grants and benefactors. You deserve it! Thank you very much. You have made an invaluable contribution to Serezha's future. I think that over time he will appreciate it too. Next year he wants to do mathematics for himself. And at first it was necessary to force him to study, and he missed classes".
- mother of Dima M. "I am deeply convinced that we do not meet anyone just like that in life, and our acquaintance with wonderful, competent teachers is a sign of fate. Thank you for your work, which you are doing so conscientiously and professionally. Special thanks to the founders for the reliability, for the chance you give children".

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Our students
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Location: Moscow, Russia - Russia
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Elizaveta Parshina
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