Bremen, 23-6-2019

On Sunday,June 23, 2019, the parishioners of the Church of St. Royal Passion-Bearers in Bremen, from small kids to adults, have been making flowers for the upcoming “White Flower” action, which will be held in the framework of the fifth Day of the Orthodox Volunteer in Krefeld.

JUNE 2019

Dear friends, thank you for your support.

In May, with the funds raised а SWASH device was purchased for Denis Krasnikov, cerebral palsy, 16 years old, Voronezh, financial assistance was provided to the family of Sasha Provotorov, 6 years old, Gatchina (Leningrad Region), brain tumor, and to other families of
the care-receivers.

In May, we have received and are processing 25 new requests for help, this does not include the requests for assistance that came to our local groups. In addition to simple financial support, our care-receivers frequently ask for help in finding a clinic, solving complex legal issues, translating documents or conversations with a doctor, finding a rare or expensive at home equipment or a medicine, getting to the place of the treatment, finding accommodation, helping with a visa, arranging a feast for a child in a hospital on their birthday, they ask for an advice, a support, a talk, they ask to bring them to a priest. Our volunteers try to help everyone and do everything in our power. And so far they do an excellent job. Yet we will gladly appreciate your participation and support!
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Program of the Orthodox Volunteer Day

Germany, Krefeld, July 5-7, 2019

Traditions of Christian charity and new technologies in volunteer work

Last update: 21-6-2019
July 5, Friday

17.00 Welcome and registration of the participants. Tea and cake.
18.00 The meeting of volunteers and parishioners with аrchbishop Panteleimon (Shatov), Bishop of Orekhovo-Zuevо, Head of the Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Service of the Russian Orthodox Church.

July 6, Saturday

8.30 Moleben (service of supplication) before a good deed and to st. John of Shangai.
9.00 The openinig of the Volunteer Day.
Greetings from archbishop Tikhon of Podolsk, governor of the Diocese of Berlin and Germany. Opening remarks by archpriest Ilya Limberger
9.30 On importance of volunteer work in Christian life, Abp. Panteleimon
10.00 ,
Report on activities and plans of Diakonia,
Alina Titova,
Russian Orthodox Diakonia «Good Deed», Germany
10.30 Presentations of the local Diakonia groups
at the German parishes and the volunteer groups of other countries
11.15 Should the hidden become revealed, or Why do we need an organized
volunteering. Deacon Igor Kulikov, head of the Distance Education and Further Training Section of the Synodal Department for the Church Charity and Social Service of the Russian Orthodox Church.
11.45 Coffee break and poster session. Group photo.
12.15 On the role of team in volunteer work, Alina Titova
12.30 Modern technologies of efficient communications in distributed project teams. Alexei Glamozda, head of regional office Eastern Europe, «Levereis», Germany
13.00 Coffee break
13.15 Trial by fundraisng: technologies in response to challenges
Pascal Lépine, founder of Atypic, Canada, consulting for non-commertial sector
14.00 Who is a volunteer? Frederica de Graaf, volunteer of the First Moscow Hospice, Russia
14.45 Lunch
15.15 The method of therapeutic recreation in rehabilitation of children and their family members during and after the illness. Anna Vorotnikova,
coordinator of education of the volunteers, DobroMore Center, Russia
16.00 On patnership, attention and creative content in the work with seriously ill children. Konstantin Sedov, «Bolnychye Klouny» (CliniClowns), Russia
16.45 Coffee break
17.00 Activities in the working groups:
1. The role of information and IT-technologies in charity
2. Is it possible to make charity self-sustaining? Dobro More project.
3. The training session «Clowns in a hospital»
4. The training session «Emotional burn-out»
5. Round table for young people
18.00 Vespers and confession
19.30 Dinner
20.00 Tea. A conversation with an interesting person.Frederica de Graaf

July 7, Sunday

9.30 Holy Liturgy, celebrated by archbishop Tikhon of Podolsk
11.30 Conclusions. Closing of the Volunteer Day.
12.00 The charity action «White Flower»
15.00 The visit of ill children with Konstantin Sedov

Address: Wielandstraße 11, 47799 Krefeld
Contact: +49 178 5408805, Alina Titova
+ 49 176 21214717 Elena Palchinsky

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Charity festival “White Flower”, 19-5-2019, Moscow

Photos: the festival as seen by our volunteers
On May 19, in Moscow, in the Marfo-Mariinsky convent, the White Flower charity festival has taken place. The orthodox relief service “Miloserdie” has been organizing the festival annually for already 9 years. This year the feast turned out to be the biggest for all years – thousands of Muscovites and city guests have came to the convent, and about 4 million rubles have been collected in total.

This year, in the framework of the interaction between Diakonia and “Miloserdie”, the experts of “Miloserdie” held a number of webinars on technologies and the preparation process of the festival. Three Diaconia volunteers – Elena Palchinskaya from Krefelda, Olga Schmidt from Wiesbaden, Irina Simonova from Berlin – were able to visit Moscow Our volunteers could directly participate in preparing and holding the festival, were in the midst of it. They have learned and seen a lot. Elena Palchinskaya is reporting:
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MAY 2019

I congratulate you all with the Luminous Easter! Let us participate in this victory of Life over the death!
Dear friends, in last month we have accepted 20 new requests for help while going on working on the previous ones. Our volunteers organize the search for proper clinics, the arrival to the country, translations of the medical documents, the support of the German funds, and the various assistance on the spot.
Owing to your ongoing support, we were able to help financially to several families, this counts the costs of the flight for urgent kidney transplant surgery to Rosa Knezevic as well as help to pay for the housing and treatment of our care-receivers Abdullina Adelina, 4 years old, leukemia, Alice Terekhova, 13 years old, ganglioglioma relapse, Sofia Dukashova, 8 years old, leukemia.
Thank you for your support and your kind hearts!

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