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Anna Mashninova

When you visit an orphanage, it’s important to understand the needs of whom you are helping. Take, for example, if you are organizing a group outing of volunteers to a Moscow orphanage. Don’t be surprised if the kids aren’t as excited as you expected them to be, no matter how much time you put into setting up the outing. Orphaned children in Moscow have a very busy entertainment program (tours, museums, celebrations, concerts, sporting events), so they virtually don’t have any free time; having volunteers come visit them is not going to interest them much. What’s interesting, however, is that it is important for each one of them to be loved and have a shoulder to lean on during tough times. It’s important for them to know that they are a reason for the visit, for each of them is constantly searching for himself as an individual person, not a part of a pack. This is where Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia is the perfect fit. By taking part in this program, you have a real influence on a child’s future, becoming his or her elder friend, someone to look up to, who is by their side during rough times and who can make the right decision. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia specialists will always be there for you. They will provide support as long as you are part of the program; help you find out how to connect with a child, thus making time spent with your Little Brother or Sister as useful, interesting and nice as possible. 

Anna Bernikova Administrator, Rehabilitation and Correctional Education Center, Federal Institute for Educational DevelopmentAnna Bernikova