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Allies in Youth Development
engages orphans through nurturing friendships,
modeling biblical love, and providing education –

Empowering: Life Change


What is Life Like for an Eastern European Orphan?

Get a glimpse of the daily challenges children face in the orphanage.



By training and engaging in-country university students
and partners, we cultivate a culture of involvement that
benefits orphans in and outside the orphanage.

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Orphans need education, training and opportunities. Proper skills development through our education
programs ensures their success and safety when it's
time for them to lead independent lives.

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Abandonment can lead any child down the wrong path. Restoring their motivation, self-worth and dignity empowers them to make better choices, improves educational abilities, and forms a foundation for success.

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Who Do We Serve

Connecting with the Kids

Connecting with orphans is difficult. Many of them have been abused, neglected, left on a doorstep. Allies volunteers have an incredible task and journey ahead of them – to gain the trust of the orphans, and then keep it. Children are very perceptive and quick to remember, hard to forget, so gaining that trust is challenging. Maybe that’s why God gave us the gift of play.


Orphans Learn About Our Strong Defender on Holiday

Our recent visit to the orphanage happened to fall on a special day –Defender of the Fatherland Day. Historically this day celebrates people who are or were serving the Russian Armed Forces, military or civilian, male or female. Today it has become the day that celebrates and honors men.


Why It is Important to Talk About Friendships

A coupleof months ago, Allies’volunteersvisitedanorphanageinPerlinawith the goal of discussing friendship.Volunteers Katerina andVictoriyaexplained what a real friend is, what can harm friendships, and kind of friend is appreciated. They also taught them how they can be a good friend and what a real and healthy friendship looks like.

It may sound surprising that children are taught about good friendships, but this is important for children in orphanages because sometimes they miss out on the opportunity to connect with other children in a carefree manner as most children do.Friendships are important in mental, physical, emotional, and social development. They helpchildren to learn how to read social cues andpromotehealthy interactions.Learning how to build healthy friendships inyouthallows themdevelop healthy relationships as adults.


Encouraging Kids to Dream Big

One of the first questions adults often ask children is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Then we receive a host of answers: doctor, fire fighter, singer, teacher, mother, magician. Dreaming about our future is a naturalpart of childhoodfor most of us,but for many children who grow up in an orphanage, it is an exercise that must be done deliberately.

Allies’ volunteers recently helped the children to think about their dreams. “We brought white posters where we asked them todraw and listwhat their dreams are, what future they dream about, who they would like to be, what they might want to buy, and where they want to study,” a volunteer reported.


3-Year Plan

The odds are stacked against Eastern European orphans, but Allies has a plan. Read how Allies is making a difference in the lives of thousands of orphans each year through human connection, education and life skills and how you can be a part of it.

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How You Can Help?


Your partnership provides mentorship, education and physical necessities for the orphans.

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Come to our “packing parties” to prepare boxes of
donations to send to
Eastern Europe.

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Give Items

Donate new hygene items, school supplies, craft kits, new or gently used clothing, toys, games, and other items for the kids.

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Spread the word to your friends and colleagues. Or help us with our corporate sponsorship program by letting your employer know about Allies.


Through Education, Mentorship, Hope and Love

Read stories of recent orphanage visits by our team and what kinds of improvements the children are making because of love and attention from someone who cares.

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