INFORMATION ON THE ACTIVITIES of the International Public Fund Russian Peace Foundation in 2014
INFORMATION ON THE ACTIVITIES
of the International Public Fund
Russian Peace Foundation in 2014
In 2014, as in the previous years, the Russian Peace Foundation, an international NGO, continued to implement its nationwide charitable and humanitarian programs: Memory of the Nation, Care, Peace and Unity, International Cooperation, Peace and Culture, Peace and Youth, The Children of Russia, and others.
In total, the Russian Peace Foundation spent 54,616,000 rubles on its nationwide programs, which included informational and publishing activity as well as material, logistical, and organizational support for the programs of the foundation and of its regional branches. This includes over 6,852,000 rubles allocated in 2014 by RPF’s board to the Foundation’s 28 regional branches to enable them to implement regional charitable and humanitarian programs and projects.
In 2014, the Russian Peace Foundation staged a number of national and regional events under the auspices of the Children of Russia program, spending over 2,472,000 rubles.
The RPF continued implementing its charity project Children on the Roads aiming to draw public attention to the issue of child safety on roads. This program distributed free reflector lights to children and were handed out to youngsters at holiday shows that traveled to the Russian regions. 30,000 rubles were allocated to produce and distribute the reflector lights in the Magadan region. This Light Up! Campaign was widely publicized in the media.
90,000 rubles were allocated to the foundation’s regional branch in Dagestan to enable it to organize and hold a celebratory concert in honor of International Children’s Day for 120 youngsters residing at a special-education school in the city of Kaspiysk and to present them with souvenir gifts; 50,000 rubles went to RPF’s branch in the Moscow region so it could arrange and host a festive show in honor of International Children’s Day and purchase New Year’s gifts for orphans living in institutions in the Moscow region; 60,000 rubles were allocated to RPF’s Magadan branch to implement the regional program, The Children of Kolyma; 30,000 rubles were allocated to RPF’s Amur branch to enable it to organize and hold a regional festival for children with physical disabilities, allowing them to explore their own artistic creativity; 450,000 rubles went to RPF’s branches in Novgorod, Ivanovo, Kaluga, Karelia, Ryazan, Samara, Smolensk, and Tula to implement the regional program, The Children of Russia; and 60,000 rubles were allocated to RPF’s Oryol branch to sponsor an international exhibition for the winners of the children’s visual-art competition, Sketching My Dream.
In May 2014, the Russian Peace Foundation arranged an excursion for a group of 54 children from low-income families and residents of orphanages in the Samara region to come to Moscow under the slogan, “A Salute to Those Wonderful Years!” providing them with a sightseeing tour of the city, a festive dinner, and a visit to the Space Museum and the zoo. 90,000 rubles were allocated for this project.
265,000 rubles were allocated to organize the trips to send orphans and children from low-income families in the Republic of Dagestan to summertime recreational destinations.
156,000 rubles were spent to purchase tickets for orphans and children from low-income families in Moscow and the Moscow region to attend a New Year’s performance at the Nikulin Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard. An electric stove was purchased (22,000 rubles) for the residents of special-education school No. 991 in Moscow.
As part of the Russian-American Russian Initiative project, the foundation’s branch in Kursk received a contribution from the UMC in the US (over 1,209,000 rubles), to conduct joint humanitarian assistance programs for orphans.
In 2014, over 1,550,000 rubles were spent on RFP’s nationwide charitable program, Peace and Unity.
On Dec. 19, 2014 a solemn presentation was held in the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation to introduce a joint project of the Russian Peace Foundation and the Public Chamber, known as The Russian Corner, intended to promote, support, and spread the use of the Russian language abroad, with the use of multimedia interactive educational games and Russian-language textbooks. As part of that project, a video, The Russian Language, was shown in the Public Chamber, which opened in conjunction with a photo exhibit, The Territory of Dialogue, sponsored by the Russia Today international news agency, and dedicated to the history of Russia, the achievements of her people, her rich cultural heritage, and the country’s tremendous potential for development. 480,000 rubles were allocated for these purposes. 65,000 rubles were allocated for the preparation of 30 sets of presentational materials consisting of multimedia aids for the Russian Corner project.
385,000 rubles were allocated to RPF’s branches in Dagestan, Krasnodar, Perm, Khabarovsk, Novgorod, Oryol, Samara, Saratov, Smolensk, Tver, and Yaroslavl to implement the regional programs Peace and Unity; 120,000 rubles were allocated to RPF’s Kurgan branch to present awards to the winners of the Peace, Friendship, and Memory festival and to implement the regional project dedicated to building the T. S. Maltsev Memorial in Kurgan; and 60,000 rubles went to RPF’s Kursk branch to enable it to host the festival of national cultures We are Different But United. 100,000 rubles were allocated to RPF’s St. Petersburg branch to conduct the International Women’s Forum, 15,000 rubles went to RPF’s representative office in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania to host the I Vote For Peace international gathering of peacemakers; and 100,000 rubles went to RPF’s branch in Kaliningrad to implement a project on Russian-Polish cross-border cooperation.
In August 2014, the Russia Today international news agency, along with the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and RPF, hosted a photo exhibition devoted to the tragic events in southeastern Ukraine. RPF allocated 25,000 rubles to pay for a bus to bring refugees to the photo exhibit so they could take part in the opening ceremony. Over 30,000 rubles were allocated to ship textbooks to schools in Donbass.
90,000 rubles were allocated to publish a brochure and illustrated book depicting the 12th international Moscow - A City of Peace festival, which included performances by professional and amateur theaters, young artists, and vocal and dance ensembles representing different national cultures. A gala concert was held on May 18, 2014 in the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International House of Music.
60,000 rubles were allocated to publish the book Peace is Life.
Over 4,350,000 rubles were spent in 2014 on the program, Memory of the Nation.
As part of the Veteran charity project, 3,178,000 rubles were allocated to create audio recordings for the CD The Birthday of Love (with performances by the People’s Artist of the Soviet Union Iosif Kobzon and the group Republic, as well as the poet Andrei Dementyev).
200,000 rubles were allocated to publish the book Your Heroics Will be Forever Treasured in the Hearts of Generations to Come ...
60,000 rubles were allocated to RPF’s branch in Karelia to create the atlas The Monuments of the Great Patriotic War in the Republic of Karelia; 90,000 rubles went to RPF’s branch in Perm to host the festive event Dialog Between Generations; 30,000 rubles were spent to host a conference and series of lectures on patriotic education; 15,000 rubles were allocated to RPF’s representative office in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania to organize a trip for young peacemakers from Ossetia to attend the conference Children of Russia Against Terrorism; 60,000 rubles went to RPF’s branch in Volgograd to host the event The Living Memory of Generations; 260,000 rubles went to RPF’s branches in Novgorod, Smolensk, and Yaroslavl to implement the regional programs The People Remember; 160,000 rubles went to RPF’s Ivanovo branch to implement the regional Veteran program and to organize an expedition for the Search party and the Lest We Forget event; 30,000 rubles went to RPF’s branch in Dagestan to publish the memorial book Homeland Soldiers; 30,000 rubles went to the Vologda branch to implement the Out of a Pure Heart project; 30,000 rubles went to RPF’s Kaliningrad branch to host the festival Remembering the Rescued World; 60,000 rubles went to RPF’s St. Petersburg branch to update exhibits in school museums; and 35,000 rubles went to RPF’s Penza branch to conduct the Children of War competition.
The Russian Peace Foundation spent over 3,364,000 rubles to implement the Care program in 2014.
The Russian Peace Foundation is particularly dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance to Ukrainian refugees in Russia. In August 2014, RPF sent over 12 tons of food and other emergency supplies, worth over 1.5 million rubles, to southeastern Ukraine. 300,000 rubles were allocated to the St. Kazan parish of the Luhansk diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, to assist parishioners who were victims of the humanitarian catastrophe there. A washing machine was purchased for Ukrainian refugees staying in the Kaluga region of Russia.
Over 560,000 rubles were allocated to RPF’s branches in Krasnodar, Belgorod, Ivanovo, and Yaroslavl to assist refugee families from Ukraine
150,000 rubles were allocated to organize a trip for young scholars to the international M-Enabling Summit (USA), devoted to making information and communication technology more accessible to the physically disabled. Over 50,000 rubles were allocated to publish the collected volume Advice From an Old Caregiver.
120,000 rubles were allocated to purchase medicine and food for a disabled woman named L. S. Chadova, a stage 2 invalid (Veliky Novgorod).
100,000 rubles were allocated to RPF’s regional branch in Amur to create a Center for Humanitarian Assistance. 55,000 rubles went to RPF’s branch in Yaroslavl to host the Russian streetball championship in Yaroslavl. RPF has allocated over 470,000 rubles to implement regional programs to assist veterans and the socially disadvantaged and to hold charitable events dedicated to the International Day of the Elderly in the Republic of Dagestan, the Komi Republic, the Krasnodar territory, and the Vologda, Ivanovo, Tambov, and Ulyanovsk regions.
The foundation continued its traditional cooperation with NGOs and social organizations in other countries in order to carry out joint humanitarian, charitable, environmental, cultural, youth-oriented, and other programs and projects.
Over 1,710,000 rubles were spent on RPF’s International Cooperation program in 2013.
In 2014, representatives of RPF were actively involved in meetings of the United Nations Economic and Social Council Commission on Human Rights, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, and in the forums at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
In November 2014, a representative from RPF in the official Russian delegation took part in the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in the role of a public expert, and also in August 2014 at the 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference (New York), and in September 2014 in the 12th annual session of the World Public Forum (WPF), Dialogue of Civilizations, on the island of Rhodes.
RPF is has been a long-term member of the INGO Conference of the Council of Europe and is actively involved in the conference’s winter and summer sessions. Thus, at RPF’s urging, the conference’s meeting in June 2014 examined the plight of Russian journalists in Ukraine. A RPF representative took part in the Third Annual World Forum for Democracy, “From Participation to Influence: Can Youth Revitalise Democracy” (Nov. 3-5, 2014, Strasbourg).
In April 2014, experts from RPF took an active role in the Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Prevention of Torture in Vienna. On July 3-4, 2014 they also attended the meeting, “The Promotion of Freedom of Expression: Rights, Responsibilities, and OSCE Commitments,” as well as an informal briefing, “The Protection of Journalists in the Ukraine Conflict”; and on Oct. 30 - 31, 2014 - the OSCE meeting “Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in Economic Crisis.”
At RPF’s urging, on June 11 - 12, 2014, Sept. 9, 2014, and March16, 2015, round tables were held on the sidelines of sessions of the UN Council on Human Rights in Geneva: “In Light of the Ukraine Crisis - The Human Rights Question” and “The Ukraine Crisis - The View of Human-Rights Advocates.” Because RPF has a higher consultative status with the ECOSOC, the foundation offered accreditation to representatives from the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and Russian NGOs to speak as experts on behalf of RPF.
Over 1,050,000 rubles were allocated under the Russian Peace Foundation’s project, The Russian Corner, to open a Center for Russian Language Study and Testing in the city of Osh in the Kyrgyz Republic.
In order to promote the Russian language abroad, to bolster humanitarian cooperation between Russia and Bulgaria, and in accordance with the cooperation agreement with the Bulgarian national Russophile movement, in August 2014 the Russian Peace Foundation held a reception in Moscow for a group from Bulgaria - the winners of the national competition, You Cannot Stifle What Cannot be Extinguished. RPF allocated 148,000 rubles for these purposes.
In order to help talented Russian youth embrace the values of the UN, 500,000 rubles were allocated to enable ten winners of the grant-funded competition to come from the Russian regions to participate in the Moscow International Model UN. 55,000 rubles were allocated to RPF’s branch in the Komi Republic to organize a trip to Hanoi (Vietnam) for the foundation’s core members.
In 2014, as in previous years, the foundation continued its peacemaking program, Peace and Youth, (which was the recipient of over 10,083,000 rubles).
The Russian Peace Foundation implemented a charitable project, Sunshine in the Palm of Your Hand, to help support the Velikan children’s pop-music chorus. The project provided funds to repair their rehearsal space and recording studio, to make costumes for the choir members, to record the music for the album It’s Gonna be Awesome, and to create a music video. On Dec. 21, 2014, with the support of the SAFMAR charitable foundation, the Russian Peace Foundation, and Children’s Radio, the Velikan children’s chorus performed an anniversary concert in the State Kremlin Palace. 8,080,000 rubles were allocated for this project.
As in previous years, the Russian Peace Foundation arranged for children from low-income families in North Ossetia, Belarus, and the Moscow region to enjoy a stay at the Gorki International Peace Camp (in the Podolsky district, Moscow region). Over 387,000 rubles were allocated for these purposes. 322,000 rubles were allocated to arrange for the winners of the Peace in Our Home competition an international, festive session at the Peace Camp in the Oryol region for children from South Ossetia, the Oryol region, the Republic of Crimea, and North Korea.
100,000 rubles were allocated to host an international theatrical festival, Slavic Crossroads, for theaters that serve children and youth. In conjunction with Moscow’s Khachaturian Children’s Music School, RPF implemented the project For the Sake of Life on Earth. A musical and literary composition was presented in the Prokofiev concert hall of the Glinka State Central Museum of Musical Culture. Over 49,000 rubles were allocated for this project.
20,000 rubles were allocated to organize a trip for the Moskovia Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments at the Center for the Development of Creativity in Children and Youth (the town of Dolgoprudny in the Moscow region) to travel to Kazan to participate in the Wave of Music national music festival.
30,000 rubles were allocated to RPF’s Amur branch to implement the regional Peace and Youth program; 90,000 rubles went to RPF’s Kaliningrad branch to host a festival of national cultures as well as the regional festival for children and youth, Remembering the Rescued World; 40,000 rubles went to RPF’s Oryol branch to organize and conduct the seminar Equal Opportunities for All; 60,000 rubles went to RPF’s Penza branch to implement the regional projects Strength in Unity and The Achievements of Youth; 20,000 rubles went to RPF’s Ivanovo branch to host the Days of Russian-German Friendship, to implement the youth project, Peace Without Borders, and to send the winners of the competition on a trip to Germany; 100,000 rubles went to the Dagestan Peace Foundation to organize a trip to Cologne (Germany) for a group of schoolchildren as part of the youth exchange, Human Rights Open All Borders; 100,000 rubles were allocated to RPF’s branch in the Khabarovsk territory to host the charitable FAMILY MUSIC festival; and 90,000 rubles went to RPF’s Kurgan branch to host the peace and friendship camp, Multicolored Rivers - 2014.
General expenses for the nationwide program Peace and Culture totaled 14,639,000 rubles.
In 2014, RPF oversaw a humanitarian project to produce and mount a memorial plaque in Moscow in honor of the great 20th-century architect Le Corbusier. The total amount allocated to create a full-size model for the sculpture and a workup in wax and bronze, to manufacture the armature, carry out the construction and installation work to prepare the site for the installation of the plaque, and to manufacture the granite pedestal came to more than 4,105,000 rubles.
On Feb. 14, 2014, in conjunction with the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE), the Russian Peace Foundation organized a charitable concert, Music Appreciation, for disabled children, in the Pushkin State Museum and dedicated to European Epilepsy Day. 250,000 rubles were spent to organize and stage the concert.
Under the auspices of the socially significant musical education project for children and youth, The Music of Children’s Hearts (part 2), the Russian Peace Foundation presented a charitable concert, There Beyond the Clouds, on Feb. 17, 2014 in the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International House of Music, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the famous Soviet composer Mark Fradkin. Over 857,000 rubles were spent to organize and stage the concert (including 210,000 rubles from the presidential grant).
In March 2014, 352,000 rubles were allocated from the grant funds to pay the airfare to send young musicians from the Youth Symphony Orchestra to the city of Kazan in the Republic of Tatarstan, enabling them to compete in a qualifying round. RPF allocated 372,000 rubles to arrange for the trip and the charitable concert in Kazan at the Saidashev Concert Hall.
As part of the Music of Children’s Hearts project, RPF sponsored a final gala concert by the winners of the competition on Sept. 25, 2014, at the Grand Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. Over 950,000 rubles were allocated (including 450,000 rubles from the supporting funds received from the state and allocated to RPF in the form of a grant, in accordance with Russian presidential decree No. 115-rp, dated March 29, 2013). Over 87,000 rubles were allocated to rent a rehearsal studio for the Youth Symphony Orchestra in February and March 2014.
Over 2,956,000 rubles were allocated to sponsor a concert and ball, A Star Speaks to a Star, in Tver`s Academic Drama Theater, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Mikhail Lermontov.
Approximately 2,499,000 rubles were allocated to purchase a van for the Tver Poetry House, to make it possible to arrange for excursions to literary sites in the Central Volga region for veterans and creative young people.
225,000 rubles were allocated to do the preparatory work and pay the costs of publishing the magazine Dialog Kultur, in the Tver region. 265,000 rubles were spent to pay for a performance by the Soprano musical group, as part of a commemorative evening of artistic celebration by Andrei Dementyev, “Never Regret Anything ...” and to produce a souvenir sticker.
The Russian Peace Foundation traditionally places special emphasis on its cooperation with the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as with other faiths, in order to promote Russia’s spiritual renewal. The foundation and its branches are working to open Sunday Schools at Orthodox churches and to support Orthodox high schools.
Over 133,000 rubles were allocated to publish the book, A Practical Guide to Parish Counseling, for the dioceses of the Crimean peninsula.
200,000 rubles were allocated to publish the magazine Orthodox Education and 300,000 rubles were spent to restore the Bogoroditse-Rozhdestvensky Bobrenev Monastery (the Moscow region) and the Cathedral of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in the town of Orekhovo-Zuyevo in the Moscow region.
60,000 rubles were allocated to RPF’s branch in the Khabarovsk territory to sponsor the regional program Orthodox Initiative and 30,000 rubles went to RPF’s Amur branch to organize the festival, A World Where No One is a Stranger.
Many of the foundation’s branches in the Krasnodar and Perm territories, and the Kursk, Oryol, Tver, Vologda, Voronezh, Kaliningrad, Smolensk, and Moscow regions, as well as other areas, are actively engaged in this program.
Hundreds of thousands of activists are involved in the foundation’s work. RPF’s branches are busy in 47 Russian regions.
In accordance with RPF’s charter, in July 2014 the Russian Peace Foundation conducted an extended meeting of its board, at which reports from RPF’s board and audit committee were heard and the main programs and projects in the foundation’s highest-priority areas for 2015 were approved, as was their financing.
An independent audit was conducted of the financial and business activities of the international NGO RPF, and its accounting practices were examined to verify their compliance with Russian law.
The Russian Peace Foundation uses its own funds, which include specifically earmarked charitable donations from Russian organizations and individuals, to implement its charitable and humanitarian programs.
Comprehensive Information about the Russian Peace Foundation and the administration of its national and regional programs, as well as news about the foundation, can be found at the RPF website (www.peacefond.ru).
The Russian Peace Foundation’s activities were publicized in the newspapers Izvestiya, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Vechernaya Moskva, Literaturnaya Gazeta, Argumenty i Fakty, and the magazine Dialog Kultur. Events sponsored by RPF were also covered by the news agencies RIA-Novosti, Interfax, and ITAR-TASS, and by the radio stations Radio Rossii, Golos Rossii, Vesti FM, and other media outlets. In addition, the television channels Rossiya 1, Rossiya 24, Moskva 24, Mir, Kultura, TV Tsentr, Doveriye, and others aired stories about RPF’s national programs. The national and regional media published a wide spectrum of materials on the peacemaking and charitable campaigns of the foundation and its branches.
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