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Christmas 2012 Celebrations
Christmas/New Years is celebrated in Russia on January 7 when children eagerly anticipate the arrival of Father Frost. The Fory Charitable Trust continued its tradition of providing for Christmas celebrations beginning in late-December, 2012 through mid-January, 2013 for orphanages in the Nizhny Novgorod region of Russia. Gifts were purchased for 827 children at 8 orphanages. For the first time we also provided gifts and sweets for children from disadvantaged families through the Social Services Department. Volunteers, led by Vadim, Luda, and Sergey, played games with the children, sang songs, and shared the story of Jesus' birth through skits. The celebrations continued with the serving of fresh fruit, candy, cakes, and beverages to the children and, finally, the presentation of gifts to the children. Gifts ranged from age appropriate toys, stationery sets, balloons, puzzles, Christian books, scarves, socks, hats, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairpins, and candy. A fun time was had by all-the children, the caretakers, and the volunteers!
Thirteen orphanages - 803 children, were treated to Easter celebrations sponsored and paid for by the Fory Charitable Trust and donations made through HFBC. Led by Vadim, Luda, and Sergey, volunteers from the local churches sang songs, played games, and shared the gospel with the children explaining the reason Easter is celebrated worldwide. The kids were given fresh fruit, sweets, and beverages at the party. Each child also received gifts. Gifts given to the kids included coloring books, markers and colors, pens and pencils, stationery, Christian books, and personal hygiene products, depending on the ages and requests made by the caretakers. Sports equipment (footballs, badminton sets, hula hoops, table hockey, and jump ropes) were presented to the orphanages for use by the children.
2012 Orphanage Mission Trip
Manicures, volley ball, parachute, play dough, duct tape bracelets, hand prints, picture frames-these are some of the fun activities we did with the kids at the 5 orphanages we visited during our trip in early November, 2012 to the Nizhny Novgorod region of Russia. Our team of 5 was greeted with smiles and open arms at each place we visited. The children had been told of our impending visit and were waiting for us and the activities we brought to share with them. Highlights from this trip included a visit to the zoo, followed by a tea party, with kids from Shelter Care B* and a tour of the candy factory with kids from Shelter Care E. Several members of the team visited a drug/alcohol rehab house and a homeless shelter. Some of the residents of these facilities were former orphans. Another highlight-snow flurries for several days-enough to make the people from Texas happy!
The trips are a vital part of ensuring funds are being used as allocated, assessing future needs of the orphanages, and providing humanitarian aid to the orphanages. Expressing needs and seeing those needs met, even when we are not there, combined with knowing a team will be back each year to share love and friendship with the children, as well as address any future needs, has proven to be the key to the success of our organization. Please take time to view the photos below. These photos show where your funds are used, the faces of the children they help, and the results of your generosity. The names of the orphanages have been changed for privacy and security reasons.