2016 EASTER APPEAL
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