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Youth YABLOKO organisation of St.Petersburg for the protection of an orphanage

Press Release
September 8, 2009

Today on September 8, Youth YABLOKO organisation of St.Petersburg made a statement where it expressed concern about the situation developing around social orphanage Zhizn (Life) in St.Petersburg. The orphanage can be ousted out of its building, as obviously some wealthy investors came to liking these premises.

The Youth YABLOKO sent the statement to Valentina Matviyenko, Governor of St.Petersburg, and Alexei Golovan, Ombudsman for ChildrenТs Rights.

Orphanage Zhizn has been functioning for 12 years already and become home for several hundred children. Due to the wonderful teachers working in this orphanage the children despite their hard experiences grow well-educated and further achieve success in many spheres. Voluntary donations made possible creation of good living conditions (cozy bedrooms Ц each for two children, large dining room, personal computers, games); whereas the municipal budget has not allotted any funds to the orphanage.

If the orphanage is closed, the children will have to go to УordinaryФ orphanages. The situation looks very strange especially in the light of such a fact that in 2005 Governor Valentina Matviyenko highly assessed the work of the teachers, when the orphanage was awarded For the Acts of Mercy prize.

УWe are calling the municipal authorities to either give new premises for the orphanage or to help in solution of problems with the present building,Ф runs the statement.

See also:
Human Rights

September 8, 2009