Hello, school! For the first time in 1st Grade!

On September 1st of this year, thousands of children in Moscow started to attend a real school for the first time. HOPE worldwide – Moscow and the Moscow Department of Education have organized an annual celebration called “Hello School” for the orphans who are also starting school for the first time. The event took place at orphanage №15.

On that day government officials visited the children, including: the Deputy Director of the Moscow Department of Education: Vladimir Razdin, and the Official Representative of Children’s Rights in Moscow: Alexei Golovan’.

230 orphaned children from 26 Moscow orphanages got together to celebrate this moment of entering the 1st grade and they received many gifts to help them on their first day of school, like new backpacks, books, markers, toys and many other special presents.

Outside the orphanage, dinosaur DINO and other fairytale creatures welcomed the children and invited them to take rides on a majestic horse. Inside a circus show was prepared by professional performers who made children laugh with glee.

Professional singer Diana Gurtskaya came to sing some songs for children as well.
She understands what it means to lack something important in life and how to work hard to still accomplish your goals. It was very meaningful for the children to hear from her.

Vladimir Krestovsky from the band UMA2RMAH also visited children, and even though he had some problems with his voice, he still sang from his heart for the kids, singing songs from popular Russian cartoons. The children were so exited that many of them ran on stage and started dancing spontaneously. He took lots of pictures and signed dozens of cards for the


We didn’t just encourage orphans on that day: 135 handicapped children who started school for the first time also received gifts from HOPE worldwide – Moscow.

We would like to say “Thank You” to DANONE Company and to everyone who helped organize this celebration for these children, for those who have brought so much joy and love into their lives.