It is with great joy that I announce the launch of Keeping the Promise Fund. As a friend of Russian Adoption, you may have interest in this newly developed initiative created to generate support for the many orphanages of Russia.
We will be kicking off the launch in Dover, New Hampshire on Saturday, September 29, 2012. The agency we adopted our two children through, New Hope for Children is our primary supporter of this event. NHFC is Russian/Hague accredited and has brought hundreds of children to their forever families since 1993. Together, with NHFC and my distinguished Board of Directors, we will be hosting a dinner and silent auction. As we prepare for this event, we would be honored if you would consider donating an item to the auction or making a tax-deductable financial contribution.
Keeping the Promise Fund was originally created out of just that, a promise. Upon the adoption of our second son, we visited “Baby House #6” in Saint Petersburg, Russia. My husband and I played and visited with a group of thirteen young children there for nearly a week. Saying goodbye was not easy. They had bonded with us and did not want us to leave. As we inevitably said goodbye, I whispered a promise to them. I promised to help them in every way that I could for the rest of my life.
Together with my newly formed Board of Directors, I have outlined a set of goals for the Keeping the Promise Fund. Our immediate goal is to begin raising capital for practical and desperately needed upgrades for a select group of orphanages in the Saint Petersburg area. These upgrades include new fences, windows screens, equipment and school supplies.
Our long term goal for Keeping the Promise Fund is to finance the opening of a living facility in Moscow for teens who have “aged out” of the orphanage system. These teens will undergo an admission process, in which they will need to meet certain criteria, provide recommendations and make a commitment to a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.
This type of facility does not currently exist in Russia, leaving teens with a potential hopeful future no choice but the street in most cases. The Keeping the Promise House will offer daily living skills, job placement, substance abuse services as needed and recreational facilities.
I hope that you will join us on September 29th and I thank you in advance for all of your support as we prepare for our launch event. A formal invitation will be arriving shortly!
Alisa W. Karwowski, Executive Director of Keeping the Promise
Keeping the Promise Board of Directors
Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of ROCOR, Archbishop of New York and Eastern US, Ruling Bishop for Australia and New Zealand
Kate White, Managing Partner, 57th & Irving Productions
Robert Kebartas, Executive Vice President, Valentine and Kebartas
Erin LeBel, Executive, LICSW