1997

A group of young volunteers travel to Russia to help deal with the humanitarian crisis. In Perm they provide aid and assistance to orphanages, as well as working with the children living in them.

The volunteers meet a group of street children, and discover that there are no organizations working to help them. Love’s Bridge is born, and the new organization dedicates itself to helping Perm’s most vulnerable children.

Love’s Bridge forms a partnership with the Perm-based charity ‘Zashita’ (which translates as ‘protection’), which provides a property with the goal of opening a center for street kids.

1998

Love’s Bridge renovates the entire property, including the piping, and in February Perm’s first Day Shelter is opened. Street kids come to eat a hot meal, get cleaned up, receive medical attention, and spend time with the volunteers.

Love’s Bridge and Zashita rent an apartment, where street children can stay if they have nowhere else to go. This was the first shelter for street kids in Perm. Children living here went to school, and were given incentives to stay off the streets and study, including new clothes, excursions and swimming lessons.

2000

In October Love’s Bridge opens a full-time shelter for street children, complete with sports room, class room, computer room and all the other necessary facilities. It is staffed by Russian carers who are trained by Love’s Bridge volunteers, and can accommodate up to 16 children.

2001

CNN show a report on the work of Love’s Bridge, opening thousands of people’s eyes to the problems of street children in Perm. We are inundated with emails of support.

US Ambassador James Collins visits Love’s Bridge.

2002

Love’s Bridge is registered with the U.S. government with tax-exempt 501C3 status in the state of Oregon.

A group of 21 street children are treated to an unforgettable two week holiday in Ireland

2003

In March Love’s Bridge opens an educational center for teenagers. Former street kids and older teenagers from vulnerable backgrounds attend courses where they learn skills which will help them fulfill their potential as adults.

US ambassador Alexander Vershbow visits the project.

Christina Greenberg, one of the Love’s Bridge founders, is named as Perm’s Volunteer of the Year.

2004

Love’s Bridge starts its first social enterprise project – training former street kids to sew traditional dolls for sale. The participants learn new skills, and for many it is their first experience of honest work.

Svetlana Kozlova, head of Zashita, is awarded the Woman of the Year prize for her services to Perm’s at-risk children.

2005

CBN and CNN show more reports from Perm, highlighting the progress made by Love’s Bridge since 2001.

The social enterprise project is extended to include a woodwork shop, where participants can make traditional wooden objects for sale and simple furniture for their homes.

2006

A change of direction for Love’s Bridge – we are forced to vacate the premises of our educational center, so we transform the full-time shelter into a Youth Center after finding safe homes for the remaining kids living in the shelter.

The new center opens in December, providing a wide range of courses and activities for Perm’s most vulnerable children and teens free of charge. It is the only center of its kind in the city.

2007

Love’s Bridge teachers and psychologists develop new courses to help us in our preventative work with at-risk kids, which emphasize communication skills. Around 200 children and teenagers benefit from the new center in its first year in action.

2008

Love’s Bridge celebrates its 10 year anniversary by hosting a photo exhibition in central Perm.

We start running a course at the Perm juvenile detention center, preparing young criminals for life after prison.

Hamish and Hannah-Louise Heald, Love’s Bridge managers, are named as Perm’s volunteers of the year.

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