Thoughts on the nature of charity

Well worth listening to is a recent podcast by Frederica Mathewes-Green discussing her thoughts on the nature of charity and social justice. I think another factor of our current attitudes in our culture in our generation about social justice that’s sort of troubling to me is that we see the needy as only recipients, as […]


Who we are

ROOF was founded in Moscow in 1997, and has been working ever since to improve opportunities for orphans in Russia. We began by providing teachers and educational resources for children and young people in orphanages in and around Moscow. While still focusing on education, our broader aim is to help build a stronger society that supports […]


Love is the foundation

“Love is … the foundation, the very life of the Church which is, in the words of St Ignatius of Antioch, the ‘unity of faith and love’. … [Look at] Christ’s parable of the Last Judgement (Matt. 25:31-46). When Christ comes to judge us, what will be the criterion of His judgement? The parable answers: […]


Report on Summer Festival 2013

Here is the report on the 2013 Summer Festival in Belskoye-Ustye.


The Church in Belskoye Ustye

There is no more iconic image of Belskoye Ustye, say so many of our volunteers from summer camps over the years, than the church. Crossing the bridge from ROOF’s Baranovo House towards the village of Belskoye Ustye, it stands in front of you the whole way. A huge church, apparently once beautiful, but now in […]


Belskoye Ustye Summer Festival

In 2013, for a variety of reasons, the annual summer camp in Belskoye-Ustye will have a different flavour. Instead of focusing just on the children in the orphanage, we have expanded the project to be more of a community renewal program, hopefully bringing the orphanage and the surrounding community together. We are calling it the […]


Make a donation

UK taxpayers: please use the UK donation point, below, as this will expand your donation’s value by around 25%. US taxpayers, please use the US$ donation point. US$ donation point Click here to make a donation in US$ through a secure site provided by ICA – Independent Charities of America. No fees of any kind […]


Help raise funds

You can make a donation in US$ or GB£ There are also lots of ways to actively donate to ROOF that cost you nothing or almost nothing! You can help us raise funds by using shopping, auction and search sites that allow you to nominate ROOF as your preferred charity to donate a percentage of […]


Social Enterprise in Belskoye-Ustye

Over the winter of 2013-14, one of our main tasks in Baranovo is developing tiny enterprises that will help us be just a little bit self-sustainable. As we talk about this aim as a group, it seems key to us that we harness the particular joys and enthusiasms of the people who are present in […]


Organic Farming in Baranovo

The Baranovo House, ROOF’s volunteer centre for Belskoye Ustye, stands on a large plot of land previously used to grow vegetables. Starting in 2013, ROOF is beginning a small organic farm on this land. Volunteers both short and long-term have worked on this plot, and, despite the inevitable mistakes and challenges, we did bring in […]