There is nothing impossible unto those who believe; lively and unshaken faith can accomplish great miracles in the twinkling of an eye. Besides, even without our sincere and firm faith, miracles are accomplished, such as the miracles of the sacraments; for God’s Mystery is always accomplished, even though we were incredulous or unbelieving at the time […]

Approaches to philanthropy

An excursus on the difference between the English and Russian approaches to philanthropy c. 1940. From Creative Suffering, by Julia de Beausobre. (SLG Press, Fairacres, Oxford, 1984, p. 15-17.) The English mind sees the world divided, as it were, horizontally. Above the division are the spacious rooms of the well-to-do, of all those who are […]

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Child Protection Policy

We at ROOF (Russian Orphan Opportunity Fund) believe that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse or neglect of any kind and recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people with whom we are in contact. These guidelines are intended to ensure the safety […]

Online Privacy Policy

What information do we collect? We collect information from you when you register on our site, subscribe to our newsletter or fill out a form. When registering on our site, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address, mailing address or phone number. You may, however, visit our site anonymously. What do we […]


We started ROOF back in 1997 with the aim of helping institutionalized children, with relevant experience in planning, consulting and teaching, but without experience of running a charitable organization or dealing with volunteers. We quickly became aware of a systemic problem: (1) The orphans and institutionalized children have suffered particularly through lack of stable relationships: […]

Whom we seek

Most of the people involved with ROOF are volunteers. Those who are paid staff mostly began as volunteers and are paid very minimal salaries. We do not have a slick, systematized arrangement for recruiting and managing volunteers. But if you are ready for a challenge, ready to make the best of whatever situation you find […]

Abilitation Centre

Back in 2005, ROOF opened the “Abilitation Center” in Porkhov – a program that enables graduates of Belskoye-Ustye Psycho-Neurological to “make a go” of life outside the institution, rather than being transferred to homes for the elderly/mental institutions at age 18. In seven years, the Abilitation Center program has had the same number of residents, […]