‘Helping Animals with the Charity Market Team, I Make the World a Little Better’
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.
The project was founded by the Lyceum in 2014. Initially, the founders cooperated with orphanages and nursing homes, and then, in 2016, began to focus on helping animals.
The Charity Market team is currently made up of about 40 Year 10 students, divided into three groups: chefs, PR specialists and designers. Mostly, they work with another Lyceum team, the ‘Event Planners’, who have featured in HSE news before and are responsible for organizing events such as discos and concerts. The chefs cook food and prepare drinks to be sold at the market. The students responsible for PR produce posters and write posts, informing the wider Lyceum community about the upcoming event, and the designers do the decorating of the venue.
The team participates in most Lyceum events, whether it be a disco, standup comedy night or an Open Day. The amount of donations collected depends on the type of event: if the event is ‘closed’ (i.e. where registration is necessary), then the average amount is 7000 rubles. If the event is open to the wider public, the team can make between 10 000 and 30 000 rubles. For example, at the Open Days, which were held this year for students starting in Year 10, participants organized two markets and made 36 500 rubles. They donated this money to the ‘Pick up a Friend’ charity. Lyceum students usually organize at least ten markets a year.
Lyceum students helping out at the ‘Pick up a Friend’ charity (Russian: Подбери друга)/ © ‘Pick up a Friend’
‘I found out about Charity Market during Orientation Week. Orientation Week is the first three days of the school year, when Year 10 students are told all about the Lyceum and learn about the various projects that Lyceum students can get involved in,’ says eleven-year-old Elizaveta Karyagina, student in the Psychology track and a past project leader. ‘I have been involved in the project since I started studying at the Lyceum. Charity Market appealed to me initially because of how brightly and enthusiastically it was presented. The girls then organized a market and regaled us, the Year 10 students, with interesting stories about the project and showed us videos. Of course, I also really like animals. At home we have a Corgi and a cat.’
Elizaveta has since handed over her responsibilities to Year 10 students, Anna Kozeko (in the Humanities track) and Barbara Chekanova (in the Psychology track), since beginning to concentrate on preparing for university.
‘I learned about the Charity Market last year at the Open Day and immediately fell in love with the project,’ says Anna Kozeko. The project appealed to her because it demonstrates selflessness and altruism, which, she believes, are hard to come by in today’s world. Anna enjoys music, foreign languages and working with children, and wants to one day work as a counselor and teacher. ‘I would like to help inspire children and further their development,’ she says. Before becoming involved in Charity Market, Anna did not work with stray animals- it all started the moment she joined the project team. Now Anna helps out at the shelter on a regular basis and even makes her own donations.
Project co-director, Barbara Chekanova, learned about Charity Market from a post on social media. ‘I was looking for a project to join. I chose this one because I wanted to help people and do something meaningful during my studies’, she says. ‘This project is the perfect opportunity to do so: firstly, I can help animals and make the world a little better, and secondly, I am part of a team made up of kind and creative people.’ At home, Barbara has a cat and a dog. Prior to starting at the Lyceum, she had not been involved in helping out at animal shelters.
Charity Market cooperates with the student charity organization, ‘Open Your Eyes’ (Russian: Открой глаза). Funds raised by collective events go into a joint piggy back and are then donated to a charity chosen by both groups.
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.
A video created by Polina Sotnikova, a student of the ‘Design’ programme at the HSE Lyceum, is being shown as part of the interactive exhibit Gogol in Moscow, which runs until June 2. The work, created in a motion design style, is currently being shown in the museum’s exhibit hall, which attracted tens of thousands of people on Museum Night.
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.
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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.