We are happy to announce that on October 19th, 2000, a new adaptation center for street children “A Step Towards Home” was opened on 58 Chkalova str., in Perm, Russia!–Thanks to the hard work and participation of over one hundred sponsors & volunteers, including some formerly homeless children. We are so happy that this dream has at last become reality!
The school year has started again, which mean our kids who were able to start studying last year are on to their second year of studies. They have changed so much, and we want to also take them on as part-time workers with a salary in our new shelter once we open up. The day care shelter we run is going strong, with an average of 15 children being fed and cared for every day. We have had a lot of new arrivals which is encouraging, that kids are able to find us and receive help. (more…)
We thought you might be interested to hear about some of the progress we’ve made with the new shelter we’re working to open, so here we go: Since the last time we wrote you, we have found a suitable section of a building for our new shelter, and it is now being renovated. We are basically starting with a totally empty building; everything needs to be redone except the heating system: The piping, walls, windows, ceilings, installation of a kitchen, bathroom, toilet, doors, etc.
As the world geared up for Y2K celebrations, and many waited anxiously to see what the feared Y2K bug would bring, there was one group of children who were just thankful to meet the new century with a roof over their heads. For some of the children who live in our night shelter, this was the first time in years they were able to celebrate New Years, the biggest holiday of the year in Russia, in a warm home, with food to eat. (more…)
Happy Christmas and New Years! We hope you will have a wonderful festive season, and also that we will be able to bring a joyous Christmas to many this year. We are busy making plans along these lines, and considering there are so few of us right now. We do, however, have one thing going for us, Russian Christmas isn’t until the 7th of January, which gives us two extra weeks.