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: […]


Andrew and Georgia Williams are a British/American couple who met in Moscow, Russia, in the course of establishing ROOF during the mid-1990s. Since that time, a life of prayer, service and study within the Eastern Orthodox Church has increasingly become the intention the Williamses have for their family. They and their 3 young children have recently […]


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 […]


Two young adults “graduate” from ROOF’s Abilitation Centre program. ROOF holds a summer camp for the children from Tuchkovo City Orphanage for the fist time. A small social task force begins to live year round at Baranovo and make daily visits to the children at Belskoye-Ustye MHSD Orphanage.


A small social task force begins to interact with children at Vnukovo Orphanage. At summer in Belskoye-Ustye, camp participants make an effort to notice and catalogue the needs of every child in the orphanage. Specialists in adaptive sports-therapy from the Russian State Physical Education Institute visit and make program recommendations for the children from Belskoy […]

Interview about ROOF’s work

Georgia Williams, ROOF co-founder and chairman, was interviewed on Ancient Faith Radio about ROOF’s work. You can listen to the interview by following the link below:


In 2010 ROOF decided to take the extremely difficult decision of offering to pay for the management of the Post-Orphanage Education Centre to register themselves as a completely independent NGO. They chose the name Step Up / Vverkh, and have continued to do their excellent work under that name ever since. ROOF took this difficult […]