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When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, its shaky orphan care system also fell. Alcohol consumption increased to 10 times the U.S. level. The instances of divorce also climbed, along with the HIV-infection rate, which is now one of the highest in the world. Currently, there are over 600,000 children in the orphanage system and hundreds of thousands more living in the streets. The goal of Orphan Outreach in Russia is to assist the orphan graduates in moving towards a successful independent life and providing for their needs. The ministry focus is on orphan graduates who are leaving the orphanage system. Orphan Outreach provides support and brings teams to assist with needs that the graduates or orphanages may have. Read below to learn more about our primary programs.

Outreach Programs

The Russia team visit the orphanages with volunteers to offer hope and mentoring to the children and graduates. They assist in training and equipping those who are serving orphans and orphan graduates throughout the Leningrad region and in St. Petersburg to reach out to the children and develop meaningful and long-lasting relationships with them. Short-term mission teams provide humanitarian aid and additional outreach to the children in the orphanages supported by the outreach programs.

Orphan Graduate Program

Orphan Outreach has seen the tremendous needs of orphan graduates in Russia. These children have to leave the orphanage at age 15 to 18 and have very little hope for a successful future. There is usually one social worker for all of the children in the orphanage (80-125 children). There is no possible way for the social worker to meet the needs of all of these children, especially the significant needs of those who are about to graduate.
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Orphanage Improvements and Urgent Needs Assistance

Orphan Outreach provides financial resources to meet the urgent needs of the orphanages by helping renovate their buildings. Help for the graduates includes repairing windows, floors, bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and many other projects. The outreach also provides urgent needs like medicine, clothing, hygiene items, school supplies and medical equipment. The list of urgent needs never ends for these children and many times we are the only source of help for the directors of the orphanages and the graduates.
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  • Capital - Moscow
  • Size/Area - 6,592,735 sq miles
  • Population - 143.4 million
  • Time Zone - 8-9 hours ahead of CST
  • Language(s) - Russian
  • Currency - Ruble (R)
  • Type of Government - Federation
  • Current Leader - President Vladimir Putin
  • Compulsory Education - 6 to 17 years
  • Literacy - 99%
  • Religion - Russian Orthodox
  • Spanning 10 time zones, Russia is the largest country on earth in terms of surface area, covering across Eastern Europe to Asia.
  • When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, its shaky orphan-care system also fell.
  • No country has such a severe alcohol abuse problem as Russia. Official estimates are that 40% of men and 7% of women are alcoholics.
  • Over 750,000 children live in orphanages, ranging in age from newborns to 18 year olds, with another 1.2 million living on the streets
  • An orphan's average life expectancy is less than 30 years.
  • At age 15 to 18, children are forced to leave the orphanages (emancipated) with little or no formal schooling, very limited life skills, and no one to turn to for assistance.
  • Within the first year of leaving the orphanage, over 50% are involved in prostitution or crime, another 30% are addicted to drugs or alcohol, and another 10% commit suicide.