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Russia

We support 770 children with five projects in Russia, where we worked since 1998 with our three local partners, primarily in the St. Petersburg region.

Russia

The fight against HIV

Poverty remains widespread in Russia. People with disabilities and those affected by HIV and AIDS are particularly disadvantaged. Disabilities and AIDS are taboo subjects fraught with fear and prejudices. Consequently, in Russia we mainly support children with disabilities and HIV-positive children with the goal of sustainably improving their situation.

The challenges

In Russia people with disabilities and individuals who are HIV-positive are particularly poverty-stricken and ostracised. Even today, people with disabilities in Russia are often viewed as unproductive and incapable of learning. Children with special needs tend to be shunted off to government institutions at an early age and simply left there.

A girl is lying in a bed. (Source: Stephan Gregorowius)
In particular disabled children getting excluded from the Russian society.

Due to a lack of awareness and poor healthcare, AIDS is spreading at an alarming rate. Three-quarters of all AIDS patients were infected with HIV over the past five years. Prostitutes and drug addicts are particularly at risk. An increasing number of children are born to HIV-positive mothers who in many cases transmit the virus. No one takes care of them. Instead, doctors turn these women away. Their children are not allowed to join day care centres or schools – despite the fact that with the right preventative measures a mother-child transmission can be avoided in most cases.

The large number of street children is an ever-growing problem. Many of them become the victims of sexual exploitation or fall prey to human traffickers.

  • Our work in the country

    Our support focuses on projects and initiatives for vulnerable children and youth with disabilities who live with their families. We also help children and families that are affected by HIV and AIDS, as well as street children.

    But more than support is needed to improve the living conditions of children with disabilities or people affected by HIV/AIDS. Kindernothilfe seeks to bring the issue to the centre of public awareness and debate to achieve that these issues are no longer viewed as taboo and social structures change. Awareness building is crucial to achieve a long-term impact in the battle against HIV and AIDS. Advocacy around promoting appropriate ways of dealing with disabilities also paves the way for legal cornerstones for inclusion.

    Our projects for HIV-positive mothers and their children set up drop-in centres to avoid that families abandon girls and boys who have become infected. The centres give families information on how to deal with the disease and provide the necessary medical care.

  • Key figures on Russia

    • 142 million people live in Russia
    • 16 % of Russians are under the age of 15
    • The population annually declines by 0.03 %
    • 980,000 people live with HIV/AIDS
    • 11 % of the population lives below the poverty line
    • 15 % of Russians between the ages of 15 and 24 are unemployed

    Sources: World Factbook, United Nations

Who we are

Who we are

Kindernothilfe is a Non-Governmental Organisation founded in Germany in 1959. We partner with local non-governmental organisations in 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe to realize and protect children's rights.

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How we work

How we work

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How we protect children

How we protect children

Kindernothilfe supports numerous protection programs and makes every effort to prevent the children involved in its projects abroad and in its German-based activities from sexual abuse and maltreatment.

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