|Summer volunteers at the
Natasha, our summer volunteer from Moscow,
with children from
Svir Stroi orphanage.
MiraMed has been making a difference in Russia since 1991.
Our social protection programs for Russian orphans include humanitarian aid, education and training at MiraMed Centers for Social Adaptation in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Uglich that help orphans re-enter society with the skills they need to live a safe and meaningful life.
Our short and long term volunteer programs give adults from around the world the opportunity to live and work in Russia and make a personal difference.
Our self-sufficiency projects provide income and practical business training and experience for orphans.
And our anti-trafficking programs protect Russian girls and young women from being trafficked overseas. MiraMed founded the Angel Coalition, the first and now the largest, most successful anti-trafficking coalition in Russia whose members provide public education and training and support for the rescue, return and rehabilitation of trafficking survivors.
|Dr. Juliette Engel teaches NGO capacity building classes in Saratov.
Dear Colleagues, Sponsors, and Friends!
2006 has seen a steady increase in interest from Russian government agencies in all of our programs – from prevention of trafficking, rescue, repatriation, and assistance for trafficking victims, to support to young single mothers, training of juvenile and criminal police, and reforming the system of identification and services for trafficked children in Moscow.
This year also saw us move into the Muslim world, with counter-trafficking projects in Tajikistan and growing partnerships with law enforcement and non-governmental organizations in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates as part of a Swedish and US-funded project of government and law enforcement training and transnational cooperation.
Highlights of the year include:
These highlights and much more are to be found in the following pages with photographs from the programs along with information about our staff, our sponsors and our Board of Directors.
- Selection of NAVIGATOR, MiraMed’s in-school HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum and life skills development program by the Moscow Department of Education as the best program for Moscow schools.
- The selection of MiraMed to designate and lead a team of specialists from government and NGOs participating in the multi-national counter-trafficking child project of the Committee of Baltic Sea States.
- Partnership with the City of Moscow and directorates of Moscow’s three international airports to put up billboards alongside roads, hand out booklets in passport control warning potential victims of the risks of trafficking and how to contact our helpline in case of an emergency.
- Having MiraMed and Angel Coalition representatives called to Washington DC twice during the year to testify to the House International Relations Committee of Congress.
- Receipt of MiraMed Institute’s first direct appropriation from the U.S. Congress.
- Partnership with MTV in the development of materials for Russia and advertising the Angel Coalition international and national toll-free help-lines throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
- A letter of appreciation from the Ministry of Interior acknowledging the value of police training conducted by The Angel Coalition in Moscow (1300 officers) and throughout the regions (900 officers).
- A visit to the Royal Palace in Stockholm and the opportunity to present our programs to Her Majesty Queen Silvia, Princess Madeleine and heads of many family foundations who make up the Founders and Board of World Childhood Foundation.
- The publication of four books on the treatment and rehabilitation of children who have been severely abused – the first of their kind based on Russian experience.
- The republication of the “Youth Survival Guide” for orphans and street children in Moscow and a new guide for St. Petersburg.
- Registration of our “We Can Do It!” monthly newspaper for orphans and distribution by the City of Moscow to 3000 orphans every month.
- The launch of “Through the Prism” – our third play focusing on tolerance which will reach over 10,000 students during the school year.
Once again, I thank all of our sponsors, donors and friends who continue to keep our programs running and the dreams of thousands of children alive with your love and generous contributions. You are truly making a difference in the world – one child at a time!
Juliette M. Engel, MD Moscow, November 1, 2006
Social Adaptation for Orphans
HIV/AIDS Preventive Education
Counter-trafficking in the CIS
Tolerance Education - Theater for a Change
NGO Capacity Building
Public Information Campaigns
United Nations Programs
Volunteer & Internship Opportunities