St Gregory's Foundation

Prevent second-generation orphanhood in Russia

Around 1000 children live in orphanages in St Petersburg. 95% of them are not orphans. The orphanage does not teach them how to be a good parent, so their children in turn will be at risk of being put in an orphanage. We can break this cycle by supporting them to become good parents.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1002469)

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  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy




Russian orphanages fail to prepare children for adult life. 4 out of 10 orphanage leavers end up homeless and 1 in 10 commit suicide within a year of leaving. Orphanages are closed worlds with children living and going to school in the same building. They are not encouraged to bond emotionally with adults. All choices, practical tasks and responsibilities are taken from them. This makes parenthood emotionally and practically difficult. Many of their children will end up in orphanages.


The Sunflower parents club uses counselling, play sessions and creative activities to improve the bond that parents who grew up in orphanages have with their children. They are given help in coming to terms with the trauma of their own abandonment, are introduced to activities to help their child's development, and are taught practical parenting skills. Those that take part are highly unlikely to abandon their child, or to have him or her taken into care.