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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


Summer Camps in Belskoye-Ustye

ROOF has been providing an annual summer camp in Belskoye-Ustye for over a decade. Since children from this orphanage are not sent to summer camps, and are not usually permitted to travel, we decided in 2000 to bring a summer camp to them. As well as volunteers from inside Russia (Moscow, St Petersburg and Pskov), […]


Belskoye-Ustye

Belskoye Ustye is a small village of about 100 people, and so the orphanage, housing between about 70 and 100 children, is a very significant part of village life. The nearest town is Porkhov, 16km away with a population of about 10000 people. The regional capital, Pskov, 98km away. The orphanage in Belskoye Ustye is […]


ROOFtops Spring 2012

The Spring 2012 issue of our ROOFtops newsletter is available.   Open publication Or download a pdf: eng-ROOFtops_2012-05_sm


Belskoye-Ustye… how ROOF started work there

In March of 2000, Georgia Williams, Irina Ryazanova and Dasha Golovina from ROOF first visited the psycho-neurological orphanage in the small village of Belskoye-Ustye, near the town of Porkhov in the Pskov region. Up until this point, the children in this orphanage had been almost completely without access to education. ROOF began by organizing a […]