The children from orphanages and special-care boarding schools of the Kursk Region enjoyed a pop concert organised by the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation

01 June 2013

The young residents of children’s homes and special-care residential schools in the Kursk Region were able to enjoy a pop concert organised by the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation

In the town of Zheleznogorsk, in the Kursk Region of Russia, the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation sponsored a pop concert dedicated to the International Children’s Day. The concert was held at the local “Centre of Culture and Technology”, and was organised especially for children from orphanages and special-care residential schools of the region. The event was fully funded by the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation.

The children were entertained by famous Russian pop stars — Sergey Lazarev, rapper GeeGun and 5sta family. The concert was hosted by a singer Anastasia Kochetkova, who also performed several songs.

Among the invited guests: children from Novoandrosovo Children’s Home, Verkhniy Lyubazh Special-Care Residential School, Kursk Special-Care Residential School No.2, Klyukvino Special-Care Clinic and Residential School and Ivanovo Children’s Home. As well as pupils from Zheleznogorsk’s music and singing schools, young residents of the “Nadezhda” Orphanage, and children in the care of the Zheleznogorsk Inter-District Social Care Centre for Families and Children.

“As part of our Assistance Programme for Children’s Social Services Institutions, the Foundation works with various children’s homes and special-care schools across Russia,” — tells Maria Krasnikova, Director of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation,- “First and foremost, we concentrate on the infrastructure issues of these institutions. However, the emotional side of care is of no less importance to us: the Foundation regularly organises events and trips for children living and studying at the supported institutions. I hope a concert with famous pop-stars would be a good start of the summer holidays for the kids!”

On the eve of the concert, the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation held an essay competition among the children of the sponsored social care institutions “If I Were In Charge of the Children’s Home”. The Foundation received 35 essays where the children described their wishes and ideas on improving their children’s home. The competition winners were announced and awarded during the concert.

The International Children’s Day concert was not the first charity event organised by the Foundation in the Kursk Region. Last year, children from Novoandrosovo Children’s Home and Verkhniy Lyubazh Special-Care School were visited by the Kolomna Pastila Museum (the only Russian marshmallow museum). The Foundation also organised a New Year’s theatre master-class, with prizes and presents from Santa Claus. In January 2013, the Foundation staff organised a visit by the theatre group of Aleksandr Bordukov, an Honoured Artist of Russia. The orphans from Novoandrosovo and Verkhniy Lyubazh saw two Christmas plays: Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, and New Year’s Housewarming of Brother Rabbit.

The young audience had a good time at this June’s concert too — the children sang along and were excited at the chance to meet the artists. “Preparing our charges towards a successful independent life in modern society is our main goal,” — said Lubov Ganus, Director of Novoandrosovo Children’s Home , — “We are very grateful to the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation for the attention and the unwavering support it offers our children. Improved facilities, concerts, events, trips organised by the Foundation — these all help our young people to compensate for the lack of interaction, develop their creativity, and partake in cultural activities.”

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