OSI-Russia

Sponsor a Russian Child

While OSI is not presently need of sponsors for our existing Russia programs, we strongly encourage interested invidivuals to visit our partners at Ascent Russian Orphan Aid Foundation.  AROA is an outstanding charity supporting orphans in Russia, Ukraine, and Moldovo, from infants to young adults, and their sponsorship model is nearly identical to that of OSI.  Visit www.iOrphan.org for more information.
The home of our first program site, Russia is the birthplace of the OSI.  Based in the Kemerovo region of Siberia, OSI-Russia's initial focus was on children living in state-run orphanages.  Child sponsorship was a  means to introduce a sense of individuality to children living in these institutional environments, while it also provided for their previously un-met material needs.  We also completed numerous substantial projects to improve the facilities and environments of the orphanages.  As our initial group of children grew, our latter years in Russia focused on assisting their transition into young-adulthood, including establishing our own supervised transitional home.

Novokuznetsk

Over the course of a decade, OSI-Novokuznetsk provided long-term care for 60 children, primarily from Children's Home #1 in Novokuznetsk city, and the children's shelter in nearby Abashevo Village.  In addition, OSI completed many large-scale projects at both homes, including new bedrooms with furnishings, equipped computer/recreation rooms, equipped book/video library, sewing room & machines, and musical halls and equipment.  Finally, OSI helped establish a supervised transitional home in Novokuznetsk where our eldest children could live semi-independently while establishing themselves in secure professions and futures.

Projects

Below are projects that OSI has accomplished for our Novokuznetsk children.
Graduate Home
OSI-Russia (Novokuznetsk)
August 2007
Complete remodel and furnishing of our transitional home for children who have graduated out of the orphanages...
Community/Music Room
OSI-Russia (Novokuznetsk)
July 2006
Reconstruction of large community/music room at Abashevo Village children's shelter...
Sewing Room & Equipment
OSI-Russia (Novokuznetsk)
July 2006
Equipped sewing room for children at Children's Home #1...
Recreation & Computer Room
OSI-Russia (Novokuznetsk)
July-August 2005
Reconstruction and furnishing/equipping of recreation/computer room at Abashevo Village children's shelter...
Recreation & Computer Room
OSI-Russia (Novokuznetsk)
July-August 2005
Reconstruction and furnishing/equipping of recreation/computer room at Children's Home #1...
Dorm Room Remodel & Refurnishing
OSI-Russia (Novokuznetsk)
July 2005
Remodel and furnishing of boys dorm room at Children's Home #1...
Book & Video Library
OSI-Russia (Novokuznetsk)
February 2005
Remodel, furnishing, and stocking of book and video library at Children's Home #1...

Events

Below are special events and excursions that OSI has provided for our Novokuznetsk children.
Altai Mountain Camp
OSI-Russia (Novokuznetsk)
July 2007
A week of hiking and camping in the beautiful Altai Mountains...
Black Sea
OSI-Russia (Novokuznetsk)
July 2007
A week at the seaside...

Kemerovo

In Kemerovo city, our efforts have focused primarily on about 50 children from Children's Home #2.  In the early years of our Kemerovo program, our focus was on caring for the children's individual needs within the orphanage, and completing numerous large-scale projects to improve the home environment and facilities.  As our Kemerovo children have grown, our effort has evolved to helping them gain the skills and confidence to be able to live independently.  From a university graduate to vocational training and professions of their choosing, we are very pleased to see most of these young adults secure and independent at last.

Projects

Below are projects that OSI has accomplished for our Kemerovo children.
New Beds
OSI-Russia (Kemerovo)
May 2006
Twenty-seven new beds for our children at Children's Home #2...
Bathing Room Reconstruction
OSI-Russia (Kemerovo)
October 2005
Complete reconstruction, plumbing, tiling, and fitting of bathing room at Children's Home #1...
Computer Room
OSI-Russia (Kemerovo)
August-September 2004
Construction, furnishing, equiping of computer room, including 7 new computers, for Children's Home #2...

Personnel

Program Site Sponsor

Peter Reinhardt
Peter Reinhardt is the longest-standing sponsor of OSI's administrative effort.  Mr. Reinhardt is an American living in Moscow where he is a partner in an international accounting firm.  Besides his financial sponsorship, Mr. Reinhardt's commitment to our effort has provided opportunities and support for children far exceeding our program wishes.  Mr. Reinhardt, we can never thank you enough!

OSI Program Liaison

Olga Kharitonova
From the beginning, Olga has worked tirelessly and selflessly for our Kemerovo and Novokuznetsk children.  Her English, computer, and coordination skills have been invaluable, but most of all her heart for these children and her long-term consistency has made her as dear as family, -more than we could ever have hoped to provide for them.

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