Awards for community work presented at Community Forum
Winners of the My project for my Country! competition were announced at a recent meeting of the Community Forum. Three best projects were selected for each of the 14 categories and, from those, one winner was chosen.
The winner of the Youth Policy: Support for Youth Initiatives category was the Club for the Promotion of Social Tourism for Disabled People Window on the World (Moscow), led by the project author, Olga Ermilina. The winning project in the Support to Families, Motherhood, Childhood and the Protection of Family Values category was the MaMi project (Veliky Novgorod) which aims to provide psychological and medical support for mothers with terminally ill children.
The main prize in the Social Help, Social Services and Social Support for Citizens category went to the Mobile Hospice project (Angarsk, Irkutsk oblast). This is a visiting service of care providers who provide palliative medical care for those with terminal cancer, as well as supporting their relatives.
The winner of the Support for Sport and a Healthy Lifestyle category was Svetlana Burago from the Kemerovskaya oblast with her Heart Route project, designed to help in the early diagnosis of congenital heart failure among children.
The winner in the Volunteering and Charity: Charity and Volunteer Initiatives category was the I’ll choose a Profession (Moscow) initiative. A project team will engage in the socialisation of pupils and graduates from orphanages and residential schools by providing career advice and preparing them for successful entry into employment.
In all, 1,200 project applications were received. The full list of winners who received their rewards from Valery Fadeev, Secretary of the Federation’s Public Chamber, can be found on the Public Chamber’s website (https://oprf.ru/press/news/2017newsitem) with a short-list of winners available on the competition website.
President Putin offered some encouraging words to the Forum’s participants. “Some of the projects are just amazing. Such heart-warming and ambitious work being carried out by small groups of people with few resources. Your success shows that there are great opportunities and huge scope for self-fulfilment for those who take action and work together to achieve common goals. Such efforts are to be applauded and given every support. We will continue our efforts to create a favourable environment for the development of the NGO sector”, he said.
My project for my Country! is an annual contest organised by the Federation Public Chamber in the area of community action whose aims are to identify and disseminate best practice, as well as supporting and involving project authors in the development of community work in Russia. Availability is one of the competition’s main advantages in that any type of social project is welcome. The winners will receive 200,000 roubles for support and developmental work.