FRUA's Charitable Reach
Funds donated to FRUA’s Orphan Support Program are used toward a wide range of projects that support our mission. Proceeds from FRUA’s coffee sales, raffles at our conferences, and donations large and small, help us continue to improve the lives of children who reside in orphanages and children’s homes.
Why we care:
FRUA recognizes that, while our children have found their forever families, hundreds of thousands of children remain in orphanages throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Therefore, FRUA is dedicated to providing support to these orphan children. Our Orphan Support program accomplishes this goal through various means.
Orphan support funds are donated to FRUA by members, friends, families, and non-profit organizations. FRUA children have raised money for our orphan support program at their birthday parties, through school fund raisers, and through chapter-organized donation collections like Pennies for Playgrounds and even a photographic orphan support effort called the Orphans of Belarus. Extended family members and friends
have remembered orphans in their wills and bequeathed funds to FRUA to use toward orphan support.
Generous people from all walks of life have provided funds to our orphan support efforts. In the future, we look forward to expanding the help we get from corporations and hope to expand our volunteer capabilities to write grant requests for funds to support FRUA orphan support projects.
How we provide orphan support:
FRUA funds and accomplishes some projects on our own, such as our playground builds. Over the past decade or more, FRUA has purchased therapeutic playground equipment, shipped it to a specific orphanage in the recipient country, and funded its installation. To date, FRUA has installed 17 therapeutic playgrounds in Romanian orphanages.
Beyond the playground builds, FRUA has provided grants to non-profits that offer assistance and support to orphans in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Working with diverse entities such as the Peace Corp, American Academy of Family Physicians through Physicians with Heart, Titus International, etc., FRUA has partially or fully funded physical improvements at orphanages in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Republic of Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, and Tajikistan. These much-needed improvements include repairing bathrooms, replacing windows, installing washing machines, boilers, refrigerators, etc.
Matching Grant Program
The FRUA Matching Grant Program provides matching funds, up to $500 per project (limited to $1000/year/chapter), to local FRUA chapters to support their orphan support efforts. A huge thank you to the FRUA chapters and volunteers who work tirelessly to support those orphan support projects that have touched our hearts.