Many poor families in Russia today are struggling just to survive from day to day. Caritas Osnabrück has launched a relief programme dedicated to providing them with the help they need to look to the future with hope.
The Children’s House of the Königsberghilfe charity, which is maintained through the Russia Relief Project of Caritas Osnabrück, is located in the Kosmodijansk district of the city of Kaliningrad (formerly called Königsberg).
The living situation of ordinary people in Russia has always been rather difficult. At the end of 1999 the charity bought a 10-year-old tenement that is now used as a Children’s House for disadvantaged pre-school children. It is open every weekday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., providing free educational support as well as food and clothing to some 20 – 25 children aged 2 through to school age.
The House takes in children from the poorest and/or most vulnerable families, children of single parents, from families with multiple children or where the parents are ill, addicted to drugs or alcohol, or in jail or where the living conditions are otherwise catastrophic.
The Caritas Osnabrück Russia Relief Project ensures that the children are not left alone during the day and living on the streets. They are given shelter and care, warmth and affection, nutritious meals and a healthy social environment that most of them have never known at home. As well as this, facilities are made available in the afternoon where disadvantaged school children receive homework help.
The Caritas Osnabrück Russia Relief Project would like to give a huge thanks to the Udo Grüninger Foundation for its kind support, which enables it to continue its work of changing people’s lives for the better.