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Podari Zhizn Foundation

  • By Elena Ershova · Russia, Europe


Elena Ershova

Main aim of the charity

It’s been scientifically proven that people in good mood and with positive emotions have a much greater chance of recovery than those who only think about their disease. Especially when we talk about children, who stay children even breathing the hospital air, and they want to play, to draw, to create and even to study during this long and difficult physically and emotionally treatment period. So, there are about 2000 volunteers in different projects and initiatives. All the volunteer projects help children to move beyond the hospital walls and give them entertainment, education and interaction. It is one of the best approaches to improve the emotional state of a child going through long-time treatment. In the framework of the “Charity School” project volunteers help children to study and make life goals after the illness. Krugosvetka project helps to broaden children’s horizons and visit the countries at the moment when they can’t do it physically.

How the employee got involved and why

I’ve joined the Foundation as a volunteer in 2012. I understood that I’d like to share my positive emotions, knowledge and free time with those who need it most of all. At first, I joined the “Charity School” project of the Foundation and was a teacher of Russian to children who happen to be in hospitals in Moscow and far from their home school because of the long-term thoroughgoing treatment. After some time, I became one of the “Charity School” project’s administrators, helping to attract new volunteers.

What work does the employee do for charity?

I am involved in the administrative project: I organize and hold meetings with people who want to become a volunteer. It is a complex process which helps the newcomers to understand the principles of the Foundation and the responsibility of being a volunteer with the children receiving treatment from cancer. Another project I am involved in is Krugosvetka (Around the world). In a group of 2-3 volunteers we come to the hospitals with different interesting stuff: books, maps, arts and tell the children about different countries. My team tells about Cambodia and Iceland, two countries I am so far only dreaming to visit, but that does not mean we can’t make an interesting virtual trip there together with children and their mothers.

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