Celebrating Birthdays in an Orphanage

Birthdays are happy and impactful occasions. Children always look forward to their special day, because they know that it will be filled with gifts, surprises, and food that they can share with their family, friends, and loved ones.

Unfortunately, many orphans and homeless children around the world do not experience this kind of special birthday celebration. Blowing out candles on a birthday cake and joining party games may even be unfamiliar to many them.

That is why Allies volunteers planned a trip to the Filimonkovsky Orphanage in Moscow to celebrate children’s birthday, feed the orphans, and discuss an interesting topic about men and women. Aside from the festivity, part of our trip was dedicated to answer the questions: “What qualities should women and men have? What are their similarities and differences?” Through these topics, we wanted to engage the children as how to they view the 2 primary genders in our society.

Our celebration started with some delicious food for everyone. Afterward we said some special remarks about the honored birthday boy and excitedly gave him his gifts. His smile and joy was contagious as he hurriedly opened his presents!

After the birthday festivities ended, we started talking to the children about the qualities of men and women — what are their similarities and where do they differ?

Children who were able to provide good answers received prizes. We took lots of pictures, talked to children and senior groups, and engaged in meaningful conversations. Before we left, we offered treats for dinner to make sure that the celebration lasts until the evening.

During our trip, the orphan that stood out the most was Eugene, a 20 year-old. He was very active, intelligent, and expressive when sharing his thoughts and answers. Based on our knowledge of his story, he ended up in the orphanage because his parents refused to raise and take care of him when he was younger. Even though he is already old enough, he still considered life outside the orphanage and adapting to new environments as his biggest challenges.

Through the support people like you continue to provide, Eugene and the other orphans in Filimonkovsky Orphanage continue to receive care and attention they truly deserve. Even if they have lost their family, we make sure they are always loved and cared for, especially during their birthdays.

Do you want to volunteer with Allies and bring back the smiles of less fortunate children? Join and be part of our volunteer team.