• Engage Russian churches to develop orphan ministries and mentor graduating orphans.
• Provide a non-residential model for children who have aged out of care.
• Train and assist in implementation of orphan graduate program model in other regions of Russia.
• Share the gospel with children in the orphanages in partnership with the local church.
• Provide financial assistance to meet urgent needs of the orphanages including renovations.
• Support a “grandmother” program that provides nurturing to young babies and toddlers recently abandoned to the orphanage system.
• Bring over mission teams and interns to assist the local staff and church in ministry to the children.
In Russia Orphan Outreach is currently working with several orphanages and baby homes the city of St Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad region. Orphan Outreach's Russa Program:
Orphan Graduate Program
Orphan Outreach has seen the tremendous needs of orphan graduates in Russia. These children have to leave the orphanage at age 15 to 18 and have very little hope for a successful future. There is usually one social worker for all of the children in the orphanage. This can be anywhere from 80-125 children. That social worker also must try and meet the needs of the children who are about to graduate from the orphanage, those who have already graduated and the children who are coming in to the orphanage. There is no possible way for the social worker to meet the needs of all of these children, especially the significant needs of those who are about to graduate.
Most of the children leave the orphanage and end up in drugs, prison or commit suicide. They have no one to help them find a place to live, encourage and support them through school or teach them how to function independently. Orphan Outreach began it’s orphan graduate program in January of 2009, focusing on orphans from the Tomachova orphanage in the Leningrad region. We have an Orphan Outreach social worker who is works with those graduates who will be leaving the orphanage this year. She is also working with the children who will be graduating several years from now, helping them to learn how to live independently, find a place to live or transition to a vocational school or university. This social worker also maintains a close relationship with those children who have graduated and encourages and supports them as they go through this difficult transition. We also involve the local church in mentoring these children and giving them the hope of the Gospel. Our desire is for each of these graduates to know Christ personally and to have the support of the church before they leave the orphanage as well as once they are on their own.
Our goal is to develop a model program in partnership with the Leningrad Ministry of Education which can be duplicated at other orphanages. We will be expanding our program to orphanages in St. Petersburg. Our desire is to hire more Christian social workers and get the local church involved in supporting and mentoring these children to become successful, hopeful and faith-filled individuals who can become productive members of society and support their own families.
Mission trip opportunities to work with these kids in summer camps
Financial assistance is needed to provide for the urgent, monthly needs of these children and to support the caseworkers who will work with them
Financial assistance for improving the apartments that many of these children receive in very dilapidated and unsafe conditions
Pray for the graduates as they leave the orphanage and have to live on their own or at technical schools.
Pray for protection and for wisdom as they make decisions on their own.
Pray for our staff, the caseworkers and the Christian volunteers as they come alongside these children and support them through their transition.
Orphan Outreach Grandmother Program
Orphan Outreach has had a long relationship with Crisis Center #15 in St. Petersburg, Russia. This Center acts as triage for the children of St. Petersburg who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. Many of the children who are brought here are infants and toddlers. Many are newborns who have been abandoned on the street or found in dumpsters. More (and more) children have been infected with the AIDs virus. The Center is supported by the city and has very little funding for staff. The children remain there for thirty days before they are sent to an orphanage. We are funding four Christian ladies who nurture and care for these children. Our ladies act as additional staff for the Center. Without our ladies, there would be only one caregiver for the infant and toddler area. Our ladies work in shifts to try and be with the children as much as possible.
Mission trip opportunities to go work alongside the ladies as they minister and care for these children
Financial assistance to cover the salaries of the ladies. Two are only part-time, but we need them to work full time to better care for the children and to assure someone is there.
Financial support for the urgent needs of the children. Diapers (and other baby items) are always a huge need.
Pray for the ladies and the children they serve. These women minister to children who are alone, frightened and struggling with the loss of their families.
Orphan Outreach Evangelistic Ministry
There is no greater goal than sharing the Gospel with the children in these orphanages. So many of them come from broken homes and feel abandoned and hopeless. Orphan Outreach has staff who daily visit the orphanages with volunteers from the local church to share the Gospel, do Bible studies, crafts and worship with the children. We hope to continue to train and equip the local church to reach out to the children and develop meaningful and long-lasting relationships with them.
Mission trips to do VBS and summer camps with the children,
construction trips, sports camps and evangelism.
Financial assistance for the program which includes staff salaries,
transportation, and supporting the local church who provide activities,
snacks and fruit and materials to do programs with the children.
Financial assistance to provide additional staff. We urgently need more staff to serve these large numbers of children. We have been blessed with an open door to work in the orphanages.
Pray for our staff, for the church members and volunteers who share the Gospel with these children. Pray for the children and for the opportunity to share the Gospel with more children in the orphanages.
Orphanage Improvements and Urgent Needs Assistance
Orphan Outreach also provides the financial resources to meet the urgent needs of the orphanages and renovate their buildings to provide for better care of the children. This has included repairing windows, floors, bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms and many other projects. It also helps provide for urgent needs like medicine, clothing, hygiene items, diapers, school supplies and medical equipment.
The list of urgent needs never ends for these children and many times we are the only source of help for the directors of the orphanages.
Financial assistance for urgent needs and renovations are always needed.
Please pray for the orphanage directors and staff who care for the children in the orphanages. Pray for the resources to meet their urgent needs.
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