Love’s Bridge cooperates with local orphanages and shelters, helping to improve the level of care for childen living in them. We run course which prepare children living in state care for independent life, currently when orphans graduate at age 18 to make their way in the world, more than half are recruited to a life of crime or prostitution, 10% commit suicide, 30% are addicted to alcohol and other drugs during their first year of living independently. This data is from Russian governmental sources, which are often under-reported.
There are an estimated one million orphans in government care. Between 80-95% of these children are ’social orphans’, meaning that their parents are alive, but are unfit to care for them.