On June 1, International Children’s Day, the Arithmetic of Kindness charity launched the Time to Help campaign. Its objective is to raise funds to support adolescents with the experience of orphanhood. The time of the action was not chosen by chance: from 12:00 to 18:00 on social networks, the foundation will talk about why adolescents are also children and need the support of adults 365 days a year.
According to the Federal Data Bank on Orphans and Children without Parental Care, 60% of orphans are over 12 years of age. Whereas the adoptive parent line lines up just for the kids. The aim of the “Time to Help” project is to remember what problems teenagers face, what issues they may need adult support for and what the situation is like in orphanages.
The Arithmetic of Kindness Charitable Foundation collected the stories of children raised in families and showed how children in special institutions experience these problems. For example, many teenagers experience acne. Parents can support them with stories from their lives and take them to a beautician to choose individual care together with a specialist. While in special institutions, adolescents only have access to basic hygiene, and emotional experiences fade into the background.
“The time from 12 to 18 passes quickly, finding a suitable family for teenagers with orphan experience is difficult, but possible. Our foundation is dedicated to fostering orphans and comprehensive support for foster families. This is a long and expensive process that prevents the return of children to institutions. During the four years of implementation of the “Promotion of Family Order” program, 77 children found a family using the directed selection model,” says Nailya Novozhilova, director of the Arithmetic of Good Foundation.
Previously, Takie Dela launched the Leaving project, which tells about the life of people in the regions of Russia. Readers will see what is normally outside the scope of the finished materials. Read more here.