Community to Children

Context: Russia has an estimated 400,000 to 700,000 orphans and social orphans living in institutions or with foster families. When they “age out” of the orphanage system, many are unprepared for independent living. Community to Children works to protect and support the rights of young people to be safe, happy and healthy and to achieve their full potential. 

Organization: Community to Children works to protect and support the rights of young people to be safe, happy and healthy and to achieve their full potential. Community to Children currently has three main programmes: 1) prevention of child abandonment and crisis assistance to young mothers including migrants; 2) methodological support to regional NGOs working with young people (currently in Nizhniy and Novgorod); 3) advocating for and empowering orphan graduates to participate in activities and policies designed to support them (the focus of EMpower’s grant).

Current Grant: EMpower’s fourth grant to Community to Children helps build the capacity of young people leaving care to provide online information, resources, and peer-to-peer support services at the government-ran Dagunina Centre. The grant will also help restructure website content, support the transition of the forum’s operation and management to a group of youth based at the Center, and include a series of activities intended to help Community to Children understand the impact the forum is making.

Russia Contact: Jenny Chambers Contact Email: orangejenuk@hotmail.com 
Website: http://com-children.ru/ Year Established: 2009