On September 9th, an award ceremony to felicitate the winners of the All-Russian Competition of mentoring projects for orphans called “STAND BY ME” was held in Moscow with the support of Kidsave and the United States Embassy.

The participants of the competition were nonprofit organizations that passed “7 keys of effective mentoring”, Childhood Keeper’s online course on development and implementation of mentoring programs for orphans and based on the knowledge from their course, the participants created and presented mentoring projects that they hoped to implement in their regions.

“The projects are very strong. Innovations, projects that are implemented in small towns were presented. It is very important for the development of mentoring. I was impressed by how colleagues have moved ahead in where and how mentoring can be used. But the most important thing in the whole initiative of Childhood Keepers Foundation the fact that quality standards which play a key role in development of effective mentoring system in terms of deinstitutionalization are developed,” remarked Galina Semya, independent expert on child protection.

Congratulations to the winners of the competition:

  • First place: “The Sun” (St. Petersburg)
  • Second place: “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia” (Moscow)
  • Third place: Perm regional fund of children-orphans and children left without parental care support «Let’s help children» (Perm)


We are also excited about our other finalists, charitable funds – “We are together” (Kostroma), “Volunteers to help orphans” (Moscow), “Deti Nashi” (Moscow) and “In Your Hands” (Moscow) – and are excited at the prospect of working with them in the future.

A big THANK YOU to all the participating child welfare experts for their support and evaluation of projects.

The winners received a cash prize in the amount of 300 000 rubles to run start mentoring project. The winners will also travel to Los Angeles (USA) to explore the best practices of Kidsave and other organizations implementing mentoring programs.

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