New Year’s presents collected by HSE students and staff as part of the Open Your Eyes project have been delivered to special needs children at orphanages in the Tver and Vladimir regions.
In December 2017, HSE’s Open Your Eyes charity project collected the presents over the course of a week, when HSE students, HSE Lyceum students, their parents, and HSE staff brought presents so that children from orphanages could feel the holiday spirit.
In addition to present collection points, New Year’s fairs offered anyone an opportunity to buy a souvenir for friends and family, or treat themselves to a Christmas cookie. All of the money raised at these fairs was also spent on presents based on requests made by orphanages.
The holiday marathon started on December 24. 75 children from Mednoe Boarding School (Tver region) were the first to receive sweet presents. On January 6, on Orthodox Christmas Eve, Santa delivered big holiday sets (mugs, towels, sweets, arts & crafts sets, colouring pictures, and shower gels) to 365 students at the Sobinka Boarding School in the Vladimir region. And on Old New Year, January 14, presents were delivered to 133 children at the Kolchugino Boarding School (Vladimir region). The children had written real letters to Santa, and the teachers passed them to volunteers from Open Your Eyes so that every child was able to receive the present they wanted.
Participants in the Open Your Eyes project are grateful to everyone who brought presents, baked sweets, and created handmade gifts for the fairs. Thank you for helping us create a Christmas fairy-tale!
HSE University recently held the ‘Magic World’ inclusive charity festival at Bauman Garden in Moscow. The guests included children from four orphanages sponsored by HSE, as well as anyone else who was interested. The HSE News Service provides a summary of the festival’s activities below.
On June 3, a meeting with Chris Thaller, Head of Creative Projects at Runtastic by adidas and founder of the Parley Foundation, who is involved in a project to gather and recycle oceanic plastic, will take place at HSE University.
The football world championship, held in Russia in 2018, gave students of Russian universities the opportunity to participate in the organization of one of the world’s largest international events. A student and a graduate from HSE’s master’s programme ‘Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation’ told the news service about their experience at FIFA and how HSE helped them to work in international teams.
On June 8, the conference ‘The State and the Charities: Together to a Common Goal’ took place at HSE. It was organized together with the Agency of Social Information, the Donor Forum, and the Blagosfera Centre. Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of Russia, and Tatyana Golikova, Vice Prime Minister of Russia, took part in the conference.
Practically all events hosted by HSE Lyceum are accompanied by a charity fair organized by the student group, Charity Market. Money made from the market is donated to the animal support fund ‘Pick up a Friend’ and to the Kozhukhovsky Shelter, with whom Lyceum students have been cooperating for several years. The HSE news team has the latest news their interesting extracurricular projects.
A project by ICEF student Evgeny Pasnyuk started out as a fairly unsuccessful attempt to collect money for charity, but now his water branded ‘Simple Good’ is available in shops, cafes, and food courts across Moscow. Evgeny is confident that social entrepreneurship in Russia is only starting to develop, and that it will get easier in time.
Altruism based on individual values is changing Western society. People in Western countries have seen a rise in individualism for quite some time, and this in turn helps to create generations of people with altruistic mindsets. Christian Welzel, Chief Research Fellow in the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (HSE and Leuphana University of Lüneburg), teamed up with researchers from the University of Lausanne to conduct a study showing the connection between emancipative values and prosocial behaviour. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.
On March 11, 2017, HSE will host the ‘Heroes Among Us’ charity festival. The month leading up to it is Good Deed Month, organized by the Open Your Eyes student project. People are encouraged to use this month to do good. Check out the ideas below – having a big positive impact doesn’t always mean putting a lot of effort in.