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From 1991 to the present

It all started when I flew into Moscow on December 10, 1991, the day the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. My first visit to Moscow was short, but rich in events. The main purpose of the trip was to have the Fund register a branch in Moscow.
I also visited Optina Pustin Monastery where I had a conversation with Father Superior Elijah who blessed the beginnings of the Funds operations in Russia.
After I returned to Canada, we started collecting essential medical equipment, non-perishable food items, as well as clothing which could be shipped back to Russia. A handful of volunteers in Canada worked selflessly to have the entire cargo weighed, packed, sanitized and loaded into containers. Numerous documents and customs declarations had to be prepared. But it was such a delight to see genuine expressions of gratitude from orphans and people being cared for in hospitals and retirement homes.

In 1994, the Fund donated a thermo-dialysis
machine to the Neurological Wing
of the Sechenov Academy of Medicine.

Adjustable hospital beds were donated
by the Fund to the Serpuchovsky Regional
Hospital in 1994.

In its years of operation, the Fund has shipped from Canada to Russia 29 forty-foot maritime containers weighing over 620 tons and worth over 3 million dollars, including 42.5 tons of flour, 24 tons of sugar, 400 adjustable hospital beds complete with mattresses and night tables, 6 tons of intravenous solution, $600,000 worth of medicine, $778,000 worth of renal and cardiac catheters, 76 wheelchairs, 3 wheelchair transit vehicles, 4 operating tables, 2 dental x-ray units, 19 dialysis (artificial kidney) machines, 1 reverse osmosis machine for water purification, 7 special hydraulic lifts for critically-ill patients, 1 urological unit, 3 electrocardiograph units, 70 tons of clothing and non-perishable food items (cereal, cooking oil, lard, condensed soup, powdered eggs, yeast, etc.).

Expensive and scarce medicine arrives
at the Helmholtz Central Research Institute
for Eye Diseases, Moscow, 2004.

In 1993, I was very glad that 24 metric tons
of flour arrived in Russia in time for Easter.

Since its inception, the Fund has provided the most underprivileged and defenceless (i.e., children and the elderly), with special care, often rendering assistance to orphanages, retirement homes, hospices and military hospitals in Moscow and the south of Russia, in addition to over 75 organizations in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Tobolsk, Kostroma, Samara, Krasnodar, Stavropol, Rostov-on-the-Don, certain war zones in the Caucasus, the far north of Russia and elsewhere.

The Fund, in return, has received many touching letters of thanks, such as the following excerpt from Father Alexei in the village of Vokhma, Province of Kostroma:
You simply cannot imagine how timely and essential your assistance was for the children at our boarding school. They were not being cared for because one budget had been transferred to another and we had run up a five-million-rouble debt with our food suppliers. The children were almost on the brink of starvation. And of course, there was the perennial problem of clothing and footwear. Our board of trustees tried to help them out with what they could. We appealed to everyone for help, but it was you alone, especially you with your assistants, who responded to our call. There are no words to express our gratitude for your kindness, benevolence and great achievement. We seriously hope that we will be able to count on you as a benefactor, for it was undoubtedly the Lord who, having heard our prayers, helped us find a friend in you

These feelings of gratitude apply just as well to all the people and organizations whose donations have enabled the Fund to carry out its charitable activities.

Expensive and scarce medicine arrives
at the Helmholtz Central Research Institute
for Eye Diseases, Moscow, 2004.

In 1993, Canada supplied Russia with three
wheelchair transit vehicles.

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