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Christmas eventDear Friends,

With the holidays just around the corner, we will soon be rejoicing with our loved ones and marking the beginning of the New Year ahead.

Fifteen years ago, the Russian Children’s Welfare Society (RCWS) organized its first "Yelka", a modest Russian Christmas and New Year’s Party in Moscow. It has grown to become one of Russia’s most important Yelka celebrations. Each year, from 1,000 to over 2,000 children participate in RCWS’s Yelka festivities. This year’s event will be held at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour’s concert hall on December 25th. RCWS reserved 1,000 tickets for children who will have an opportunity to see this year’s holiday music show "Snowflake" and to receive a gift. Due to an increase in ticket prices and travel expenses for the children, it will require over $50 per child to underwrite these costs. Your support is vital in organizing our 15th Yelka celebration.

Yelka eventSome children will travel great distances to attend, coming from orphanages in Novomoskovsk, Yaroslavl, Ryazan, Kislovodsk, Veliky Novgorod, and the Smolensk, Tula, Pskov and Moscow regions. A trip to the Yelka celebration and the opportunity to see the capital is something that every participant truly cherishes. We are expecting children from the following organizations: the Solba Orphanage for Girls, the St. Nicolas Gymnasium, Spivakov Foundation, Children’s Rehabilitation Center "Krug", the Orphanage in Shatura, Center for Hearing Impaired Children in Smolensk, Severnaya Korona Foundation, Children’s Center "Rostok", the Pushkin School, the St. Alexei School, Rehabilitation Center "Detstvo", St. Nicolas Sunday School, Center "Nelishnie Deti", Rehabilitation Center "Victoria", Gymnasium in Tutaev, Center for Children with Down Syndrome in Ryazan, the Orphanage in Kolomna, the Center "Preodolenie L", and the Orphanage in Sergiyev Posad to name a few.

To continue our holiday tradition, RCWS personnel and volunteers, together with "Ded Moroz" (Russian Santa Claus), will visit 110 little patients who are unable to travel to the Moscow Center for Maxillofacial Surgery and the Sechenov Academy in Moscow to distribute gifts and bring some magic to their holiday. In spite of their debilitating conditions, and in some cases severe diagnoses, the children enthusiastically anticipate a visit from the RCWS’s Ded Moroz and touchingly come alive with pure joy. The playful distraction from their difficult predicaments is a memory they hold dear and the gifts are oftentimes the only ones they receive throughout the year. Please help us continue the tradition of sharing the holiday festivities and spirited warmth with sick and orphaned children in Russia.

In addition to the Yelka event, the RCWS currently provides scholarships for 57 orphans, sponsors medical treatment for children with facial deformities, and assists orphanages. For all of these efforts, we rely on your compassion and kindness.

We thank all of you who have supported us for your generosity and wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a joyous New Year!

Donate to RCWS


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...

would provide lunches for one child at a school during one 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 hands.

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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