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festDear Friends:

To quote Leo Tolstoy, "spring is a time of plans and projects," and there is no better project for the heart than a simple act of kindness, reaching down to lift people up. Our patrons’ acts of kindness have allowed RCWS to alter the course of the lives of thousands of orphaned, needy, sick children in Russia by helping them heal, smile, learn and play.

To mark Easter, the RCWS is planning to host a celebration for 140 children on May 14th at Moscow’s Donskoy Monastery. Housed within the walls of this renowned historical site, the school, the first of its kind in Moscow, is a spiritual and creative retreat for disadvantaged children, providing educational excursions, talks, historical tours, Christmas and Easter fairs, lectures, conferences, and film screenings. It also arranges festivals, celebrations, and games.

The participants of RCWS’ Easter gathering will include 80 children from the Sunday school, 30 children from the Pokrov Shelter, 10 students from the Spivakov Foundation, and 20 children from the Pushkin School. The children will be both performers and guests, collectively staging a memorable set of performances. They will each receive Easter themed children’s books and chocolates. The Pokrov Shelter will also receive 3 digital music players to enable their budding musicians to listen to performances, and to assist them in preparing for choral concerts. Among the participants are 15 children from 3 families, each of which has one parent who is terminally ill. Additionally, RCWS workers and volunteers will deliver Easter goodies to 40 children at the Moscow Center for Maxillofacial Surgery.

Besides the Easter and Yelka events, the RCWS currently sponsors 86 scholarships, medical treatment for children with facial deformities, rehabilitation centers and also assists orphanages such as Solba. For all of these efforts, we rely on your compassion and kindness.

The Board of Directors of the Russian Children’s Welfare Society thanks you for your kindness, generosity, support, and we urge you to continue supporting RCWS’ charitable programs.

We hope you and your family have a wonderful spring. Happy Easter wishes to our Russian Orthodox supporters and friends!


Beatrice M. Fekula


Medical Programs:

RCWS improves the lives of thousands of children at risk in Russia by funding their medical care and supplemental training of the doctors who serve them.

Scholarship Project:

In 2003, RCWS launched a scholarship program to help orphans attain higher education. It has been enormously successful, providing a complete support structure to students as they transition from living in an orphanage to independent life…

Orphanages and Homeless Shelters:

Our goal is to enable orphanages to meet basic needs, and to promote comprehensive programs that help orphans develop into healthy and independent adults…

Annual New Year's Party for Orphans in Moscow:

What began as a modest venture less than 10 years ago has grown into very important and highly anticipated celebration for children in Russia…

Rehabilitation Centers for Disabled Children:

Treatment of children with mental or physical disabilities is limited in Russia. RCWS continues to support rehabilitation centers that provide these children with educational activities, vocational training, art therapy and innovative horse therapy….


The Russian Children’s Welfare Society is dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children living in Russia. Founded in 1926, RCWS has since funded numerous programs and supported orphanages, hospitals, educational institutions, and rehabilitation centers that enhance the individual and social welfare of Russian children. Learn More...

What Your Donation Can Do...

will provide one child with school lunch for a full academic year.

will cover a blood sugar monitoring device that will serve 25 orphans with diabetes.

will provide a new bed for a child at an orphanage. Many orphans sleep on beds that were purchased 20-25 years ago and no longer meet sanitary or safety requirements.

will cover a sewing machine for an orphanage allowing teens to make their own clothing and obtain vocational training skills.

will cover an annual supply of vitamins for 50 orphans.

will cover an industrial washing machine for an orphanage that takes care of over 100 children, where laundry is still done by hand.

will cover an annual scholarship for an orphanage graduate. Learn more...

will restore the life of a child with severe facial deformity. There is a waiting list at the Moscow Center for Children's Maxillofacial Surgery for children in need of reconstructive surgeries. Learn more...

will cover a minivan for an orphanage in a rural area, providing kids with an opportunity to visit distant educational, cultural and/or medical facilities.

Other Ways You Can Help

RCWS has always received support from artists and others who have, among other things, performed at various RCWS fundraisers including the Petroushka Ball.


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