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!
The COVID-19 pandemic, which was announced in March, is not winding down anytime soon. The coronavirus is especially dangerous for senior citizens. Due to the threat of infection, older Muscovites are spending their days in self-isolation. But many HSE students are working to ensure Moscow’s elderly don’t get too lonely by communicating with them remotely.
Students of the HSE Bachelor's programme in Business Informatics have developed an eye-catching, user-friendly website for the ‘Soulful Bazar’ project, a large-scale charity fair traditionally held in Moscow on the eve of the New Year. This year, the “Charity Tree” New Year celebration will be held on December 22 at the Expocentre off the Krasnopresnenskaya embankment.
HSE volunteers together with the HSE Theatre have held a New Year event for the children and grandchildren of the university staff and students of the ‘Pokrovsky Kvartal’ school, where children with disabilities also study.
In honour of International Volunteer Day, which was celebrated on December 6, HSE News Service spoke with HSE student organization leaders about their volunteer work. It turns out that HSE students are very active members of their communities: from painting with children in local orphanages to helping out at animal shelters, students participate in a wide range of volunteer efforts—and have fun while doing it.
A New Year's fair, information about non-commercial organisations, masterclasses, lectures and an obstacle demonstration with a guide dog: just some of the events that occurred as part of HSE’s contribution to the International Day of Charity, which took place at HSE Central atrium on 11 Pokrovsky Boulevard.
The main channel for transmitting the value of volunteerism in Russia is from parents to children, HSE University researchers have found. Younger generations in families begin helping others as they grow up, following the example set by their elders.
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.