The original interview that got it all started
The list of their needs for those who with to
The Vozdvizheniye ("Exaltation") fund to help single
mothers, now headed by the former shelter directror
Profiles of individual children who could benefit
from individual attention/training/education
Internet resources on the subject
|How it got started
In 2001 I was asked by a young French-Canadian to
identify an orphanage yet untouched by western charity. As is customary in
their tradition he caused much commotion and then
disappeared but I anyway posted the interview with the shelter
director Paulina Fedorovna Yegorkina
[Now retired but take a look at the
Vozdvizheniye ("Exaltation") project
to supply single mothers in Staritsa with clothing], and it got the ball rolling. Since
that I've been regularly receiving donations to the shelter, delivering them,
and watching that they are properly used. I don't mind that and in fact
am happy to be instrumental to western donors making direct contact with those
in need. I personally deliver donations, monitor that money (if these are
financial contributions) is spent as intended, and report back to the donor..
Profiles of individual children
As of summer 2004 the physical needs of the
children are well met thanks to increased government funding, corporate
sponsors, and private contributions.
Now it is time to think of helping children
to get ready for adult life in a serious way.
In my view the best long-term help they can
receive is life skills and vocational training. These are profiles of children
that seem to be capable of more than working as milk maids and ditch diggers
for $70/month and dying of liver damage induced by bad vodka.
Contributors to the orphanage:
Connoisseurs Club (based in Moscow, Russia)
Al Villa (Arizona, USA).
Reach for the Stars
Dr. Andrew (USA)
Manly Baker (Rhode
Uncle Pasha &Co.
Fedoseyeva, the former owner of my house in the Village of Dubrovki, now
retired in Podolsk, Moscow region
Michael Troughton and
Michael Macaulay (Great Britain)
Leah Miller and
Melody Branham (Charleston, South Carolina)
John Moore (San
Eric & Marline Houston
(Hong Kong), $100 towards the installation of
Fischer and Paul Ratner
(Australia and Hollywood, USA). A sizeable contribution to the
eye operation for Paulina,
orphanage director till the end of 2003.
$100 contribution to the eye
operation for Paulina.
the original interview
that got it started, and the later remarks. The list of "regular" requirements
hasn't changed much last time I spoke to her, which was a few days ago (July
Are you real rich? Before she retired Paulina wants to
build a separate attachment for the girls. Estimated cost of the project is
$10 thousand. Contact her for more details (in Russian) or me (in English).
On my part, I will comply with all reasonable requests
to relay charitable help to them and to control how funds are spent. Any
effort to give children life skills and professional training, or even
educate them will have my active and enthusiastic support rather than mere
willingness to deliver boxes or monitor expenditures.
November 15, 2008
The page is somewhat outdated. Watch for new materials at
www.staritsa.info/staritsa.htm The project is still active along the
same lines except now, unlike in 2001, children are well fed and
What they need most is personal attention and life skills training. Participation is
welcomed. Contact me at
email@example.com if you have any thoughts. - Pasha