9th Christmas Charity Bazaar
December, 7th, 2019
9th Christmas Charity Bazaar
December, 7th, 2019
Montessori School of Moscow annually gathers parents and children on a holiday of warmth, creativity, joy and ... a miracle. Once upon a time, Sofia Georgakopulu and Yo Lupke, the mothers of MSM, started this amazing tradition. Caught up by other caring parents, who from year to year help in organizing this holiday, the tradition has grown into quite a large event. We always welcome guests and new friends! Come for Christmas mood, gifts and impressions!
Program of the bazaar:
Creative workshops for children 2+, an auction of paintings, a lottery with many prizes for children and adults, as well as a Christmas market and cafe waits for you!
On December, 16th we managed to raise more than 400 000 rubbles!
MSM team is very grateful to all families, sponsors and guests who take an active part in the organization of the event and to all who provide informative and financial support. We are so happy to gather every year in our cozy school space.
Visit to Connection Foundation
On December 24th, the General Director and communications manager personally visited the Con-Union Foundation. We talked with the representative of the fund - Julia Shlandina.
The foundation premises function as a school for children with deafness and blindness of different stage. The rest of the time the foundation provides various programs to support deaf and blind children and adults. The specialists and teachers of the foundation help them to adapt to everyday life. Special sensory rooms have been set up for them as well as.
Results of the Bazaar
The funds donated to Connection Foundation were spent on walkers for Yaroslav. We would like to share this boy's story told by his mother Yulia:
"Yaroslav is a child with special needs, with a basic diagnosis of cerebral palsy and multiple other deviations. Yaroslav is 7 years old, but he doesn't yet speak, does not walk on his own and does not serve himself. Yaroslav is a cheerful, kind, slightly hooligan boy. He likes to listen to music, dance, drive a car or ride a quad bike. Toys are of little interest to him, unlike real machines and custom vehicles. The child is particularly enthusiastic about the roar of the motorcycle. He never refuses to ride it. Last year our friends invited us to visit a bike show. Yaroslav rode motorcycles there with great pleasure. Also bikers allowed the child to gas on a parked motorcycle. Our son has had very many emotions!
This year our son started to go to school. The child did not go to kindergarten, and as a matter of fact, having gone to school, he first joined a group of mates. Yaroslav likes to go to school, his adaptation to the new place went quite easily.

Yaroslav studies in a special class where children with special needs study as well. Three of them, including my son, are children who do not walk on their own. Other children need to be led by hand. There is only one teacher for the whole class, and lessons are held in different classrooms. During the rehabilitation course, the specialists of the medical center found the right walkers for my son, on which he can walk independently and safely. We were also given a recommendation to purchase them in the necessary configuration.
Despite the fact that my son is not yet accustomed to the walkers, it is clear to see that he likes to walk and be independent. The level of freedom that these walkers give him definitely give a lot of joy to Yaroslav. They allow Yaroslav to independently train various muscle groups. I am happy to see my son walking in front of me independently, though it happens with the help of walkers!"

Olga Kiryakova
Olga is 25 years old, the main diagnosis is the progressive muscular dystrophy of Erba-Roth. The disease began to manifest at 5 years, there was a gradual progression of muscle weakness. Olga turned to neurologists, geneticists in Tomsk and Moscow. Since 12 years old she has been moving using a wheelchair.
We asked Olga how her treatment was doing. She said that rehabilitation was going on. She is trying to sit more, which is quite a progress for her, since Olga spent a lot of time in a lying position. As part of the rehabilitation course, a special massage course was prescribed for Olga, the maintenance of which was possible thanks to the funds donated by you at our bazaar. Olga does not give up - she tries to actively spend time and is currently preparing the second season of inclusive courses for children with disabilities.

Partnership for Each Child
The work of this social foundation is carried out in various directions. One of the directions is the program called Respite. This is the first and only social service in Russia for parents of children with disabilities. It provides the opportunity to receive help from a specially trained professional family to whom they can temporarily entrust the child. This kind of help allows to change the situation in the family for the better: parents receive timely support in caring for the child, the opportunity to solve urgent matters or just relax, the child learns to communicate with new people. The service reduces the psychological tension in the family, improves the quality of its life and saves the family for the child.
Svetlitsa Orphanage was established on September, 16th, 2011 as a crisis center for pregnant women and women in labor.
The work of Svetlitsa is aimed at preserving family institution, protecting motherhood and childhood, counteracting abortion and separation of mother and child according to social indicators.
Svetlitsa Orphanage is located in a separate building on the territory of Otrada building (spiritually-educational center), which is fully adapted to accommodate pregnant women and women with newborn children.
For four years of work, more than 140 people from the city of Kostroma, the Kostroma region, from seven regions of the Russian Federation, Uzbekistan and even three foreign countries have received assistance at the Orphanage.

The Connection Foundation provides assistance to people with impaired hearing and vision throughout Russia. Deafness with blindness is a unique disease in which people have the greatest possible number of limitations of the main categories of vital activity.
One of the priority tasks of the foundation is the revival of innovative approaches to the medical and pedagogical rehabilitation of the deaf-blind. In 2017, the Foundation initiated the first two bionic-eye implantation operations. This made it possible for the first time in Russia to return sight to a totally blind person, which was previously considered impossible. The foundation needs your support so that the loss of sight and hearing does not become a sentence in our country.

On December, 16th at the 8th Christmas Charity Bazaar ceramics from the blind and deaf masters were presented. They were the fosterlings of the Connection Foundation. Yes! You read it right: the blind and deaf masters. They do not see or hear, but their hands create miracles.
More pictures available in the office.