During the last three months we continued to have a high demand for our online events. Online events become a very important part of our Program. We completed another two art therapy courses (5 sessions each) throughout November 20 - January 21. We continuously had a waiting list for art therapy and thanks to all the support and donations coming to our Fund, we were able to continue a series of courses.
Christmas time was a magical time as always with very popular photosessions taking place. We restarted our photosessions in Moscow keeping them to smaller groups while taking all necessary pandemic-related precautions. Some of our regional offices became active again after lockdowns. Samara city had 10 classes of art therapy and yoga. Yaroslavl city rolled out a 6-weeks course led by reabilitologist, it was named “Fit and healthy”. Voronezh city had a few Christmas photosessions as well.
In November we participated in a Russian wide march “Light up the night”, where oncology patients and those in remission, marched together to support each other and other oncology patients. We are happy to share a video that was recorded in support of this event.
We are also happy to see increasing interest and demand for individual therapy. More and more oncology patients start to understand the importance of psychological support and help. Over November, December and January we provided close to 40 individual consultations!
Despite the challenges of pandemic, we have had a great 3 months with a lot of activities and events happening online. Online format proved very effective, engaging and in high demand by oncology patients in these times. It allows people to join from home, hospital, as well as from any region across Russia.
The biggest event was our 21 day rehabilitation marathon in partnership with Nike and Tefal. Close to 150 participants took part in this marathon! As part of the marathon we had online classes of yoga, dancing, meditation, and aerobics taught by Nike trainers. There was a private chat for all participants to communicate with each other, share stories and ask questions. Participants had online chats with different doctors and specialists.
Over the last 3 months we conducted 2 courses of art therapy (5 sessions each). We’ve had about 20 live talks with doctors. As always, all of them were recorded and now available on our YouTube channel.
Samara city was active in the last few months and conducted 4 yoga classes and 3 dancing classes. They also had a master class of creating flower bouquets.
We continue placing a high focus on providing individual therapy to those who need it. In the last 3 months, we were able to provide 30 individual consultations.
During these uncertain times and lockdown we are really grateful to all donations that are still coming. As most of you know, oncology patients are in a high risk group for COVID-19 and in addition to lockdown challenges, our need for psychological support is needed more than ever. We understand that during these challenging times it is hard to commit to donations, so every penny you decide to donate will be greatly appreciated.
We are happy to let you know that we were able to move a number of our events into an online format. We’ve been having an online art therapy for 5 weeks starting April 14. Then we were very lucky to receive a micro-grant from GlobalGiving and conducted another 5 sessions of online art therapy in June.
We also have been hosting online sessions for our psychological support group with the last session finished last week (total of 10). We received a lot of positive testimonials and hope we’ll be able to start a new course to help more people.
Moreover, we are hosting live sessions with different doctors and psychologists and those sessions are dedicated to different topics. For example, 3 weeks ago we had a live session with a Dietitian who shared advice and tips on eating habits during treatments. During the same week we had a live talk with Oncologist/Radiologist talking about differences among various treatments. We normally have over 50 people attending live sessions and they are announced through our Instagram account. All recordings are available on our YouTube channel and we are happy to share the link to our channel in this newsletter. It has over 15 recordings of live sessions already!
Thanks to everyone who donated to our cause and the fund. We are thrilled to let you know the number of amazing events we were able to host over the last three months. It was all possible thanks to all of your generous donations.
Art-therapy - hosted 3 sessions in February
Psychological game developed by Psychologist Olga Vorobeva, who went through oncology herself. This event is becoming very popular and is demanded now in other cities of Russia. So far we’ve conducted it in Moscow and Yaroslavl. We plan to host this game in other cities over 2020.
Photo session - hosted 5 across different cities: Ekaterinburg, Volgodonsk, Magnitogorsk, Novokuznetsk, Tyumen
It is also our honor to let you know that project "I Love Life" was nominated as the best non-profit project by the award "Let's live!". The event was hosted in Kremlin on February 1st and we are happy to share the video link in this newsletter.
As the International Women’s Day is approaching, we are already preparing celebrations in a few oncology in-patient clinics (Moscow and Yaroslavl) to support women (and men!) who are going through a battle with cancer. We’ll be sharing additional details and pictures soon!
As part of our merger with the project “I Love Life”, please expect some changes to our project page on GlobalGiving. We will be changing the name of the fund to “I Love Life”, the logo, as well as our website domain and appearance (just a bit).
We are excited to announce a merger of two programs under the umbrella of our charity fund. The program “I Love Life” is doing an array of events providing psychological support to oncology patients. We’ll be now supporting photomarathon, which already took place in 35 cities across Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus. At this point hundreds of women participated and shared their stories of battling cancer. We are conducting 2 more in December and 2 more in January.
As part of the program “With You” we are launching art-therapy course in January consisting of 10 classes, where we’ll be able to help 10 patients. We will also be opening a psychological support group in February, which will run on a weekly basis. Photo reports are coming!
Thank you all again for your help!! It all wouldn’t be possible without you!
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