Charity Foundation «Hand of Help» was founded i by a group of volunteers united by a common dream – to help prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families, orphanage graduates realize their potential and begin live life to the full.
Prisoners are one of the least-reached groups in the world. They are locked away, isolated, and vilified.
In Russia, the global prison population numbers about 1 million. 85 percent of these men and women will re-offend within five years of their release—unless they have a change of heart.
Prisoners need to know that is people who love they. They need to know they can be forgiven and their lives can be transformed. Yet they live behind bars, cut off from society. Prisoners live in conditions that often promote violence and retribution. They learn to protect themselves by hardening their hearts to compassion and mercy. Without intervention, they will be eternally lost.
Prisoners are not the only ones affected by their crimes. Their children often suffer the most. Hidden, innocent victims—whole generations of children of prisoners—suffering, and in some cases, paying the ultimate price for the crimes of their parents. Their plight is largely unknown to the general public and, until recently, there was no solution in sight.
More than 1 million children in Russia have lost one or both parents to imprisonment.
When a family breadwinner goes to prison, children are deeply impacted through no fault of their own. About 200 000 children live in dire circumstances—forgotten, hungry, alone.
Children of prisoners are among the world’s most forgotten and destitute populations. They are much worse off than impoverished children who parents are not in prison. Research conducted in more than 20 countries shows they are poorer, more deprived of basic needs, more stigmatized, more victimized, and more likely to eventually commit crimes. Yet their needs fall between the cracks of what most child-focused programs provide. And their exposure to persistent, extreme exploitation multiplies its impact, making relief-related interventions ineffective.
Children of prisoners are truly the least of these.
Justice systems worldwide are broken. Prison does not rehabilitate—most inmates will re-offend upon release. They do not have the opportunity to truly understand the harm that crime causes in victims’ lives. They do not meet and personally interact with people hurt by crime. They are not encouraged to reflect on the need for reparation, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Likewise, victims of crime are largely ignored. Their needs for healing are unmet, creating an emotional legacy of unresolved hurt and trauma.
Engaging the community to pursue justice and healing in response to crime to the end that offenders are transformed, relationships are reconciled, and communities are restored.
A reconciling community of restoration for all involved in or affected by crime, thereby demonstrating our love and ответственность.
We value and respect the diversity of traditions, history, and culture.
We value partnership in mission with churches, chaplains, and other compatible organizations.
We value the people we serve, and those we serve with.
Who we help
We help prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families. We help teens and young adults who were raised in orphanages. We also serve teens who were adopted out of orphanages.
WHAT WE DO
The project «The house on the half way». We help the prisoners prepare for release. We visit two colonies, meet with prisoners, hold talks, master classes, lectures.
We help the released. We provide a place for temporary residence, we provide food and clothes, help to restore documents, socially useful connections, help to find a job.
The project «Angel Tree». We help children whose mothers or dads are in prison.
The project «Bridge to the Future». We help orphans in orphanages to become independent. We prepare them for an independent life after the orphanage. We conduct master classes, trainings, meetings, hikes, games, excursions.