ChildAid to Russia and the Republics
ChildAid began in 1973 as a charitable initiative of the Keston Institute which had a particular interest in monitoring the extent of persecution in the then Soviet Union and assisting its victims. Then, the charity provided relief and development work to those affected by the economic breakdown of the former USSR republics.
Today, ChildAid enables lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine to be transformed. Through short and long-term aid and development initiatives and in collaboration with ten established local partners, we improve the quality of life for abused, abandoned and neglected children from extremely poor and vulnerable families; orphans; and children living with disabilities.
We work with local project leaders, because only they can properly understand and work in local conditions, and local authorities are more likely to resent rather than be positively influenced by overtly foreign intervention. We work with Christian project leaders because they are more likely to share our values and be responsive to our suggestions for proper governance and administration. We believe in setting an example of Christian charity so we insist that individual projects are open to anyone in need, and that, while Christian values can be demonstrated by example, they should never be imposed as a condition of help
Our aim and mission is to support the work of local Christian projects aimed at helping disadvantaged children turn their lives around, so that, as adults, they can lead normal and useful lives, or, where this is not possible because of inability, to live decent lives within and accepted by society. We believe that, by example, we can demonstrate that this is not only more humane, but, in the end, more cost effective than simply shutting people away. And our vision is that, in the longer term, local and national authorities will be persuaded to adopt this approach themselves, thereby rendering our further support unnecessary.