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Ireland (Ирландия ) to Bryansk (Брянск)

to Russia with LoveFurther to our prayer in yesterday's post, To Russia with Love is a registered Irish charity dedicated to creating a better future for some of Russia’s forgotten orphans. Unfortunately many of the children who end up in the Russian orphanage system are social orphans; their parents are alive but unable to look after their children due to alcoholism, physical or sexual abuse, neglect, or jail sentences.
In 1998 a Dublin housewife, Debbie Deegan, first set foot in Hortolova Orphanage, a bleak Russian orphanage in Bryansk region, which has now become her life's work. That occasion was almost a cosmetic exercise; she had adopted a little girl from the orphanage and decided to bring some goodies for those left behind. Debbie was so moved by the plight of the children - neglected, under-nourished, unloved; living in a ramshackle, Dickensian set of buildings, that she rallied her friends and neighbours and set up a charity called To Russia with Love.

Debbie's immediate priority was to transform the ramshackle buildings and to provide a decent standard of living and up to date amenities for the children at Hortolova. Since then a range of building programmes has been completed including rebuilding of the accommodatopn blocks, the medical centre, a brand new Life Skills centre and a library.

Today the emphasis is on trying to repair some of the emotional damage suffered by the thousands of orphaned children all over the Bryansk region. May God bless their work.