Annual Report 2017
Our programmes in 2017
Daily art classes at the studio
Our studio is open for children and graduates. The kids attend painting, ceramics, tapestry, felting, handicrafts and music classes. In June we held art-workshops for children from the neighborhood.
Classes at Maria’s cottage art studio
Twice a week children from orphanages of Moscow and Moscow region learn to work at a potter’s wheel, master the art of mosaic, stained glass, ebru and many other kinds of applied arts.
Education and social assistance
At the request of the young people we attract volunteers - individual tutors who help them complete the secondary school curriculum. Our social teachers assist the high school students and graduates in setting up their homes and finding jobs, arrange visits to museums, theatres, sport activities.
In February 2017, twenty children from orphanage Sputnik spent a week at our camp in Sorochany. They played sports, learned to cook, took part in performances, improved their drawing skills. The orphanage graduates helped as volunteers.
Maria’s Children - to the children of Beslan
In April a group of our staff members and volunteers from different countries paid its eleventh visit to Beslan, where they held various master-classes for pupils of the School №1. Our visit to the “Hury Tyn” children’s home and an orphanage in Dur-Dur village was organized by former students of the Beslan School №1 who are currently our volunteers.
In April-May 2017 a group of children and volunteers participated in the Shakespeare’s Drama Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon for the eighth time. In London they also had a busy cultural programme.
Annual festival “Ship of our Hopes”
In May our children, volunteers and staff sailed to the Bay of Joy where everyone could enjoy a delicious picnic, play outdoor games, paint en plain-air and feel the delight of spending a whole day on the lap of nature, among friends.
In June a group of children from the children’s home “Solnyshko” (Filimonki settlement, Moscow region), orphanage graduates and former students of the Beslan school №1 travelled to Sardegna (Italy). On the sunny island the young people learnt to surf and mastered the art of painting en plain-air.
Summer camp “Our Family”
In July 35 children from two orphanages, children’s home of Mozdok (North Ossetia) and psychoneurological institutions spent two weeks at the “Sorochany” resort in the Moscow region living in family groups, doing arts, learning to cook and playing sports games. Orphanage graduates and former students of the Beslan school helped us as volunteers.
In 2017 we did wall-painting in the children’s orthopedic department of the Russia’s Ministry of Labour Hospital, in the gym of the Beslan School №1, orphanage №31, dermatology department of the Children’s Health Research Center of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and in one of the yards in the center of Moscow.
We express gratitude to our corporate donors who supported us in 2017:
- AbbVie LLC
- AgroTerra Group of companies
- Baring Vostok Capital Partners
- Beko LLC
- Beluga Group
- Bloomberg LP (USA) Rep. office
- CAF (Charities Aid Foundation)
- Café AnderSon
- Charitable Fund “Planeta dobra”
- Charitable Fund Chance for Life (
- Charity Education Support Fund “DAR”
- Chicken Factory LLC
- Committee for public relations of Moscow
- Compulink Group of companies
- DIXI Group
- DLA Piper Rus Limited
- DOBRY brand
- Dushevny Bazar
- Embassy of the
Republic of Korea in Moscow
- Ernst & Young
- Fenix Film Company
- Festival “Charitable Moscow”
- Fitch Ratings
- FRESH Restaurants
- Grishayev Malyarenko & Partners Advocate Bureau
- Incolab Services Russia
- James Madison University
- Jones Day Limited Partnership (USA) Moscow
- Hotels “Katerina” and “Katerina-City M”
- “Knizhny Gid” reading tutors association
- KNS Group LLC
- KPMG Foundation
- LAVKALAVKA farm restaurants
- Marriott Hotel Novy Arbat
- Meet For Charity project
- Mon’delez Rus LLC
- Morgan Lewis International LLC
- MOSCOW FRESH
- MOSKAPSTROI – TN
- NEXT LLC
- “On Dmitrovka” rent-a-ski
- Orrick (CIS) LLC
- OTP Bank
- Pobeda Airlines
- Promod Rus
- Rosinter Restaurants
- Russian Capital Bank
- Russian Wine House Abrau Durso
- SBERBANK Insurance
- SBERBANK Private Banking
- SBERBANK Russia
- SGS Vostok Ltd.
- Side agency
- Sorochany Hotel Complex
- The Anglo-American School
- The I AM: International Foundation
- The Patch Adams Gesundheit! Institute
- “The School №2” lycee
- The Skopin Printing House
- Tverskoy district administration
- United Way of Russia charity
- Wse Wmeste Non-commercial partnership