Yelka (Christmas Tree) Celebration for Disadvantaged Children

It has been 19 years since RCWS organized our first Yelka, a modest Russian Christmas and New Year Party in Moscow for disadvantaged children. Today, over 1,000 children annually participate in RCWS’s Yelka festivities and are treated to a Christmas show and presents. This past December, over 1,000 children traveled great distances to participate in the 19th annual Yelka event at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior’s concert hall in Moscow, to see the holiday show “Master of Winter Forest,” and to receive a gift. 
The selection process for Yelka participants is highly competitive as they are selected based on academic merit. The children spend months diligently studying and striving to be the best in hopes of being awarded a trip to Moscow, a trip that is oftentimes the highlight of their year. Natalia Borodina, Director of the Pushkin School in Novomoskovsk, dubbed Yelka the Day of Happiness and sent us a “heartfelt Thank You for including the Pushkin School in past years. The children are exuberant at the thought of visiting Moscow, playing with newfound friends and creating joyful memories that stay with them for the upcoming year.” 


Among the participating organizations: Solba Orphanage for Girls, Children’s Rehabilitation Center “Krug”, the St. Nicolas Gymnasium, Center “Inspiration”, Pushkin School, Center “Preodolenie L”, Gymnasium in Tutaev, Children’s Center “Rostok”, St. Alexei School, Education Center “Big Change”, Center “Nelishnie Deti”, Center for Children with Down Syndrome in Ryazan,  Center “Kupel” to name a few.

Last December, RCWS personnel and volunteers, together with “Ded Moroz” (Russian Santa Claus), visited the Orphanage in Shatura, which houses 150 children with special needs, as well as over 100 little patients at the Moscow Center for Maxillofacial Surgery and the Institute of Rheumatology in Moscow to distribute gifts and bring some magic to their holiday.





Your support is vital in organizing the RCWS Annual Yelka celebration.