Help For Kids Without Parents

We help children who live in governmental institutions – centers for family support (former orphanages). Our volunteer mentors become “big brothers” and “big sisters” for their mentees. A child has a friend, who he can ask a tricky question and who he can share his emotions with.

Before, the age of participants ranged from 6 to 18. Now, we raised the upper limit to 23 because many participants (for example, children with special developmental needs) need our help even after reaching formal age of majority.

Why it is important 

Children from disadvantaged environment often don’t have a close grown-up – a person who would guide them, talk to them and pay attention to them. Our volunteers become that person for them – a friend and a mentor.

We understand that it might not be an easy thing to do. Children with no parents do not typically trust people due to being hurt by the adults’ indifferences that may or may not have been in their lives. For a child, it is very important to have a grown-up who would accept them for who they are. The “Big” ones build trusting relationships with the “Little” ones. They support their mentees, help them unlock their potential and adapt to the “outer” environment.

Our “little” ones have food, shelter and education, but they don’t have individual approach, personal attention and they are not treated as individuals.

Sometimes young people cannot find their place in a society even after graduating from school simply because there was not an adult who would notice their accomplishments and see them as an individual with their own personality, talents, hobbies and potential.

We try to give children a different future – a future they can look forward to.

What we do

We pair up a participant and a volunteer mentor. Curators try to put people together who would suit each other.

The volunteer regularly meets up with the “Little” one – for a few hours or the whole day, whatever works, but at least once a week, which is mandatory.

At first, meetings happen on the grounds of the institution, but as time goes on, the pair gets the opportunity to leave the area. They can take a walk nearby. They may also  go to a caf?, a waterpark, see a movie or see a theatre performance.  Some of them spend time in the countryside. Others play football, take their mentees to their workplace, or teach them how to cook. There are kids who like museum and expositions, and kids who don’t. You see, it’s different for everyone.

Every couple is supported by a curator-psychologist. Every month, the mentor shares their “big brother/big sister” moments with the professional: they tell them about their successes and failures in the process of building a relationship with the child, and the curator helps them overcome and difficulties there may be. At any time, both the mentor and the mentee can call the curator to ask for advice or simply to share their emotions and experiences.

More

Moreover, we organize different master classes, seminars, and educational programs for children. For example, there are projects about taking care of yourself and about ethics. There are also events dedicated to professional orientation.

How we find the “Little” ones

At first, we arrange a general meeting with the children at an institution. We come, we talk and we explain. Their wishes and opinions are very important to us.

There is a form to be filled out by the children: their hobbies, what kind of friend they are interested in and what they expect from this relationship. Some participants fill out the form immediately, while others take some time to think about the answers. If necessary, a curator is there to answer their questions.

It also happens that a participant tells others, who may have been more reserved, about their mentor/mentee experience and after that, their friends become inspired and decide to join the program as well.

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Help with money

Donations will be used for payroll of psychologists, hosting events and for promotion of our program.

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