Educational Institutions

Russian Orphan Opportunity Fund

  • Racine, WI
  • www.roofnet.org

Mission Statement

Since 1997, ROOF has been a pioneer in providing high-quality educational opportunities for children and young adults from Russian orphanages. Our aim is to help each child or young adult by providing opportunities and encouragement to learn and grow; to take advantage of their own talents and gifts and make the most of them, working to overcome the disadvantages of their past and become more fully themselves.

Main Programs

  1. Abilitation Center
  2. Podolsk city orphanage
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Russia.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 1997

Self-reported

Mrs. Georgia Williams

Keywords

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orphans,Russia,Education,opportunity,mentor

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Also Known As

ROOF

EIN

13-3925089

 Number

2174201255

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Q01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Abilitation Center

Since summer 2000, the Russian Orphan Opportunity Fund (ROOF) has been running educational and abilitation-related programmes in the psycho-neurological orphanage in Belskoye-Ustye, 20 km from the nearby town of Porkhov, Pskov Oblast. In Russia's psycho-neurological orphanages the children are given very limited education (historically, they were given no education at all), despite the fact that many are 'bumped' down from normal orphanages due not to lack of intelligence, but because of behavioural or other problems entirely unrelated to capability to learn. 
The result is a large number of children growing to young adulthood entirely unready to care for themselves — therefore requiring further institutionalisation. The current system shifts these young adults directly into mental institutions or homes for the elderly, in which the life expectancy is very low and in which they are entirely deprived of any opportunity to develop themselves as individuals. ROOF believes strongly that this is unfair to the vast majority of young adults from psycho-neurological orphanages, who would be entirely capable of taking care of themselves in society if given special support at this stage.
For just such children ROOF has opened an 'Abilitation Centre' — an alternative to transfer to an adult institution for graduates of the Belskoye-Ustye internat.
Listen to what Julia Ivanova, 19, had to say about life at the adult institution: 'I lived for one year at the adult Internat at Pervomayskaya which is a mental institution and home for the elderly. I came to Pervomayskaya from the Belskoye-Ustye internat where I had lived for 7 years. Life at Pervomayskaya was scary for me. The majority of the 300 or so people who live there are very old, and a great number cannot get out of bed. Those of us who are younger had to care for them. When the elderly would die I had to wash the bodies and prepare them in the morgue. It made me very upset.'
The Abilitation Center houses up to 6 young adults (and the adults who help them make their transfer into life in society) at any one time. The project is completely funded by the generous gifts of private sponsors like you.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$18,000.00

Program 2

Podolsk city orphanage

ROOF began working at the Podol'sk city orphanage in 1999.

Misha is one of ROOF's students at Podolsk Orphanage. He is 11yo,
studies very successfully at school, and is in constant search for
knowledge. He reads a lot and is especially interested in radios and
electronics right now. He has a talent for music and is learning how to
play the piano now at a music school. Misha finished elementary school
with all 4's and 5's (A's and B's) and is spoken well of by his
teachers. He is a hard-worker and we feel it absolutely necessary to
support this curiosity and persistence so that he can obtain a good
education. Misha dreams of being part of a family someday.

Like all orphans, what all these children are lacking is indivdual
attention and parents' love, therefore the children at Podol'sk
Orphanage are considered to be in a high risk groutrusting relationships with the
children, as well as improving their general educational level, thinking
skills and socialization. ROOF teachers concentrate on any school
subjects where the children need help and support, and also place great
emphasis on the individual interests of children, which has led to the
addition of activities classes such as phys ed, music workshops, art
lessons, sewing, home-ecomonics (skills for later independent life) and
computer.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$6,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Russia.

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RUSSIAN ORPHAN OPPORTUNITY FUND INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Russian Orphan Opportunity Fund

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Georgia Williams

BIO

Trained in Economics and Russian, and having worked in the financial and consultancy fields, she was well-placed to write the original business plan for ROOF, which she did after consulting with a number of orphanage directors. She worked as ROOF's executive director from 1997 until 2001 when she moved to England to read Theology at Oxford University. She is now chairman of the board of directors and maintains a very active interest in the charity, spending a considerable portion of the year in Russia.

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BOARD CHAIR

Georgia Williams

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