INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC FUND RUSSIAN PEACE FOUNDATION Information on Activities in 2011
In 2011, the Russian Peace Foundation continued, as in previous years, to implement its all-Russian charity and humanitarian programmes, such asá"Memory of the People", "Care," "Peace and Harmony", "International Cooperation", "Peace and Culture", "Peace and Youth", "Children of Russia", etc.
The total amount spent by the Russian Peace Foundation for the implementation of national programmes, including programmes carried out by the Foundation and its regional offices for information and publishing, logistical and organisational support, totalledáRUB 39,828,000.
In 2011, the RPF's Board assigned a total of more thanáRUB 8,550,000áto the Foundation's 30 regional offices for charity and humanitarian programmes and projects.
OveráRUB 6,285,000áwere spent on the implementation of the RPF'sá"Peace and Harmony"ácharitable programme in 2011.
On April 27, 2011 the Russian Peace Foundation celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. In connection with the jubilee, the RPF was congratulated by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
With reference to this remarkable date, Marka Publishing House Federal Company released a postage stampá"50 Years of the Russian Peace Foundation". From May 2 to 15, 2011, a photo exhibition dedicated to 50th anniversary of the RPF was held at the Photo Centre of the Union of Journalists of Russia.
On June 16, 2011, a ceremonial meeting dedicated to the Foundation's 50th anniversary was held in theáColumn Hall of the House of Unionsáin Moscow, attended by prominent governmental, public and religious leaders of Russia, representatives of diplomatic missions and a core group of representatives of the Foundation's Regional Branches, within the framework of which a travelling exhibition dedicated to the Foundation's activities was staged and a gala concert was given by the young musicians of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia.
At the Column Hall meeting, RPF Jubilee Gold Medals were presented to RPF Board members, including Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, Chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin and Chief Rabbi of Russia and Co-Chair of the Interreligious Council of Russia Adolf Shaevich, awarded by the RPF's Board for active involvement in spiritual revival of Russia, a valuable contribution towards development of interfaith dialogue and a long-term peacekeeping mission.
OveráRUB 4,200,000áwere allocated for the preparation and conduct of activities by the RPF Board to mark the 50th anniversary of the Foundation (including the rental of the Hall of Columns, the production and placement of a banner with RPF logos on the facade of the building, the staging of the gala concert, the production of banners, billboards and posters with RPF anniversary images, the staging of a travelling RPF exhibition in the Column Hall of the House of Unions and the production of RPF Honorary Diplomas, commemorative medals, invitations, etc.).
RUB 145,000áwere allocated for organising and conducting a series of 'Rock Musicians for Peace' concert in Moscow and St. Petersburg, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Foundation and the 25th anniversary of the tragic events at Chernobyl.
A photo contest titled "The World in the 21st Century" and dedicated to the RPF's 50th anniversary was held by the RPF together with the Foundation's regional offices.áRUB 460,000áwere allocated to stage the contest.
More thanáRUB 1,285,000áwere allocated to 20 RPF regional offices to hold regional events dedicated to 50th anniversary of the Foundation.
RUB 125,000áwere allocated to monitor media coverage of NGO activities (this report was presented at the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe).
More thanáRUB 5,717,000áwere spent in 2011 on events held by the Russian Peace Foundation for the implementation of a programme titledá"Children of Russia".
The RPF continued implementing its "Children on Roads" charity project aiming to draw the public attention to the issue of child safety on roads. Within the project, free light reflectors were distributed among children at holiday performances and shipped to Russian provinces for further distribution to children.áRUB 30,000áwere allocated for the manufacture and distribution of such "fireflies" in the Magadan region. The "Light Up!" action was widely publicised in the media.
"The Russian Initiative"áis a joint Russian-American humanitarian cooperation project that has been run successfully for over 17 years. In 2011, the project involved the Kursk and Tomsk Regional Branches of the Foundation. Volunteers from the United States refurbished children's homes and hostel schools. The U.S. United Methodist Church allocated overáRUB 1,350,000áto these branches for carrying out joint humanitarian programmes, providing assistance to orphans and purchasing construction materials, equipment, etc. for children's homes.
The RPF arranged trips for children from Russian provinces to the Krynichka Slavic Children' International Friendship Camp located in the Gomel region of Belarus.
On March 4, 2011, the RPF organised aá"Pancake Farewell to Winter"ácarnival performance for orphans and children from poor families in Moscow and the Moscow region. The children were given a tea party and presented with gifts, such as boxes of chocolates and puzzles.áRUB 240,000áwere allocated for the staging of the event.
On March 10, 2011, the Russian Peace Foundation together with the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) organised a charity concert for disabled children, titledá"Music of Children's Hearts"áand dedicated to theáFirst European Day of Epilepsy.áRUB 200,000áwere allocated for staging the concert.
On March 23, 2011, a charity concert titledá"My Happy Childhood"áwas held in the Church Councils' Hall of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral with the participation of musical groups and film and television artists for 1,000 orphans and children from poor families in Moscow, Vladimir, Kaluga, Ryazan, Tver, Moscow and Yaroslavl regions. The RPF allocatedáRUB 97,000áfor the staging of the concert.
On June 1, 2011, the Russian Peace Foundation staged a charity gala concert at the Moscow New Opera Theatre for 500 orphans and underprivileged children living in Moscow and the Moscow region to celebrate theáInternational Children's Day.áRUB 290,000áwere allocated to stage the concert.
On June 2, 2011, the RPF staged festive performances with dispensations of sweet gifts at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre and at Vympel Cinema in Moscow for over 600 orphans and children from underprivileged families living in Moscow and the Moscow region to celebrate theáInternational Children's Day.áRUB 130,000áwere allocated to stage the performances.
To conduct a New Year's performance, titledáMoroz Ivanovich, for orphans and children from poor families at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Moscow on December 20, 2011, the Russian Peace Foundation allocated overáRUB 372,000. More than 350 children from Moscow and the Moscow, Ryazan and Orel regions, as well as children from Moscow national diasporas were invited to visit the festive concert. All the children who visited the concert were given New Year sweet presents. 50 presents were handed over to the Moscow Patriarchate to be distributed among orphans and children from poor families.áRUB 95,000áwere allocated to buy 100 tickets for orphans and children from poor families to visit a festive show at the Yu.Nikulin Circus in Tsvetnoy Bulvar.
The Russian Peace Foundation arranged a trip for a group of children (104) from poor families and children's homes in the Samara region to Moscow, titledá"Let's Bow to Those Great Years", which included a city tour, a holiday dinner and a visit to Zurab Tsereteli's Art Gallery. The RPF organised a celebratory programme in Moscow for a group of children from poor families who were members of Amber Miniatures Choreographic Ensemble. More thanRUB 286,000áwere allocated to arrange the children's trips. The RPF allocatedáRUB 60,000áto organise a trip for orphans and winners of children's art contests in the Samara Region to Volgograd.áRUB 35,000áwere allocated to organise a trip for a group of children from low-income families in Mordovia to visit a charity New Year performance.
RUB 60,000áwere allocated to the RPF's Magadan Branch for the implementation of a regional programme titled "Children of the Kolyma River". To support children from children's homes and poor families,áRUB 50,000áwere allocated to the RPF's Novgorod branch,áRUB 40,000áto the Samara branch andáRUB 20,000áto the Tver branch.RUB 330,000áwere allocated for treatment to be provided to orphans and children from poor families in Moscow and the Moscow region, suffering from infantile cerebral paralysis.áRUB 62,000áwere allocated to buy and install an aquarium at Special (correctional) School No. 991 in Moscow for teaching relaxation.áRUB 16,000áwere allocated for holding an exhibition titledá"Giving Good"áin support ofáLife As a Miracle, a charity project designed to provide support to children with severe liver diseases.áRUB 100,000áwere allocated to purchase equipment for disabled children involved in a Remote Learning School project in the Yaroslavl region, andáRUB 35,000áfor holding Christmas Tree parties for fosterlings of Voronezh Hostel School No. 1
As in previous years, the Russian Peace Foundation organised recreation at the TishkovoáInternational Peace Campá(Moscow Region) for children from low-income families living in North Osetia, Belarus and the Moscow region. More thanáRUB 375,000áwere allocated for this purpose.
The RPF allocatedáRUB 80,000áfor organising and holding a Peace and Friendship Campá"Colourful Rivers 2011"áfor 300 children from different diasporas living in the Kurgan region.áRUB 250,000áwere allocated to organise and conduct a Peace International Camp at the Orel region for children from large families and low-income families from South Osetia, St. Petersburg, the Orel Region and North Korea.
RUB 120,000áwere allocated to organise summer recreation for orphans and children from poor families in Dagestan.
SomeáRUB 4,030,000áwere spent to implement theá"Memory of the People"áprogramme in 2011.
On May 9, 2011, a concert titledá"Bow to Those Great Years!"áand dedicated to the 65th anniversary of Victory was staged by the Peace Foundation for 350 war and labour veterans of Moscow and the Moscow region in the Hall of Commanders of the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 at Poklonnaya Hill within the framework of the historical and patriotic actioná"This is Our Victory Too!".áRUB 190,000áwere allocated for these purposes.
On December 7, 2011 a grand opening ceremony of photo exhibition titledá"The Battle of Moscow"áand staged in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazi troops near Moscow was held by the Russian Peace Foundation at the Photo Centre of the Russian Union of Journalists. The exhibition was held from November 30 to December 11, 2011 and displayed more than 100 photographs, engravings and watercolours. The RPF allocated more thanáRUB 505,000áfor the event.
The RPF allocatedáRUB 90,000áto hold an "Alive Memory of Generations" heroic and patriotic rally in the Volgograd region,áRUB 30,000áto Pawlowski Hospital of War Veterans in the Voronezh region,áRUB 90,000áfor the implementation of a "Dialogue of Generations" project of the Perm Regional Branch of the RPF,áRUB 30,000áto fund a search expedition of the "Poisk" search team in the Puchezh district of the Ivanovo region,áRUB 30,000áfor the publication of a computer version of the Trans-Urals Book of Memory,áRUB 160,000áfor the implementation of the "Memory of the People" programme in the Voronezh, Novgorod, Tver and Moscow regions,áRUB 90,000áfor the publication of "Soldiers of Victory" Smolensk regional memory book,áRUB 35,000áfor the opening of a memorial to the soldiers who died on the Karelian front line of defence in the Medvezhegorsky area, andáRUB 30,000áto publish the 11th volume of the "Book of Memory of Jewish Soldiers who Died Fighting the Nazis".
The Russian Peace Foundation spent more thanáRUB 320,000áon the implementation of theá"Care"áprogramme in 2011.
The RPF allocated more thanáRUB 250,000áto implement regional programmes for assistance to veterans and vulnerable citizens and to hold charity events in commemoration of the International Day of Elderly People in the Buryat, Udmurt, Voronezh, Samara, Ivanovo, Moscow, Omsk, Tver and Yaroslavl regions.
RUB 70,000áwere allocated to hold "Victoria" Festival for young people with disabilities at the Yaroslavl Regional Palace of Youth.
The Foundation continued cooperation with overseas non-governmental and public organisations with a view to implementing joint humanitarian, charitable, environmental, cultural, youth and other programmes and projects.
OveráRUB 807,000áwere spent on the RPF's programmeá"International Cooperation"áin 2011.
In 2011, RPF representatives took an active part in meetings of the NGO Committee of UN ECOSOC, in the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe and in forums held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
In November 2011, an RPF representative attended the 66th session of UN General Assembly as a public expert included in the official Russian delegation.
A major international forum of the UN Alliance of Civilisations was held in Cairo on April 6, 2011, titled "A New Era for Arab Relations with the West: Social Change, Media Freedom and Overcoming the Gap in Mutual Perceptions". In December 2011, the IV Forum of the Alliance of Civilisations was held in Doha, dedicated to the development of intercultural dialogue. The forum was attended by A. Salutsky, a writer, a member of the Board of the Russian Peace Foundation and a member of the Global Expert Group of the Alliance of Civilisations.
In February and May 2011, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) reviewed in Geneva observance of human rights in Georgia, Estonia and Latvia in line with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) procedure designed for analysing human rights issues in UN member states. Representatives of the Russian Peace Foundation participated in the sessions and, additionally, organised briefings for NGOs from South Osetia, Abkhazia, Estonia and Latvia on the UPR platform.
RPF representatives took part in the 64th Annual Conference of NGOs associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations and titled "Sustainable Community, Responsive Citizens", which took place on 3 to 5 September 2011 in Bonn (Germany).
An RPF representative took part in the IX Annual Session of the "Dialogue of Civilisations" World Public Forum (WPF) held on 6 - 10 October 2011 on the Greek island of Rhodes.
With a view to familiarising talented Russian youth with UN values and to promoting UN activities, the RPF allocatedáRUB 365,000áto organise and hold a Moscow International UN Model 2011 function and to sponsor the attendance of the Global United Nations Model held by the UN DPI in Seoul and the Vienna International United Nations Model by the winning Russian university students.
RUB 60,000áwere allocated to organise a trip for representatives of the RPF Komi Branch to participate in the 8th National Rally of Friends of Russia in Bulgaria.
With a view to popularising the Russian language abroad and strengthening humanitarian cooperation between Russia and Bulgaria, and in keeping with the Cooperation Agreement signed with the Bulgarian Russophile national movement, the Russian Peace Foundation received in Moscow a group of winners of the Bulgarian national competition "You cannot put out what will not be put out" in July 2011. More thanáRUB 136,000áwere allocated by the RPF for this purpose.
The Foundation's regional offices also held notable events for international cooperation development.
In early April 2011, a charity campaign titled "A Thousand Cranes" was launched at the initiative of the RPF's Penza Branch in order to help Japanese children affected by the disaster that had occurred at the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant. Exhibitions of Japanese schoolchildren's artwork were staged. The RPF's Interregional Centre for the South and North Caucasian Federal Districts also held a rally in memory of the victims of the earthquake that had occurred in Japan. In Stavropol, an exhibition of Stavropol schoolchildren's artwork devoted to Japan was staged. Similar events were held in the Ivanovo, Vladimir, Orel and Moscow region.
In October 2011, a group of Russian guests, including O. Bodrov, Chairman of the Russian Peace Foundation's Interregional Centre in the South and North Caucasian Federal Districts, visited Chicago and Washington (United States) under the auspices of the U.S. Congress Library's "Open World" programme.
On 15-25 November 2011, the RPF's Dagestan Branch jointly witháPeacework NGOá(U.S.) organised a trip to the U.S. for the children's dance group of the Hero of Russia M. Omarov Kaspiisk Secondary School No. 6.
In 2011, as in previous years, the Foundation proceeded with implementing itsá"Peace and Youth"ápeacekeeping programme (more thanáRUB 1,172,000áwere spent).
As part of the programme, the Russian Peace Foundation together with the "Burganov Centre" Classic and Modern Art Museum held from August 28 to September 10, 2011 an International Symposium of Young Sculptors with the inauguration of an exhibition titledá"Commonwealth". The top 10 sculptor students from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Belgium and Russia came to Moscow to improve their sculpturing skills. The RPF allocatedáRUB 240,000for these purposes.
RUB 170,000áwere allocated to the RPF's Ivanovo Branch to hold Russian-German Friendship Days and implement "Peace Without Borders" youth project,áRUB 390,000áto the Foundation's regional offices for the implementation of "The World and the Youth" programmes,áRUB 70,000áwere allocated to the Foundation's Stavropol Branch for the implementation of "Empathetic World" project,áRUB 60,000áwere allocated to the RPF's Interregional Centre in the South and North Caucasian Federal Districts for the implementation of "Pathways of peaceful interaction in modern society" project,áRUB 75,000áwere allocated for the implementation of the Orel regional "Road to Peace and Harmony through Volunteerism and Philanthropy" project,áRUB 40,000áto hold a mini-basketball tournament in the Yaroslavl region,áRUB 30,000áwere allocated for holding an art song festival,áRUB 55,000áwere allocated to the RFM's St. Petersburg Branch for sponsoring the involvement of children from low-income families in the Peace Camp Festival Convention at the City of Orel.
The Foundation's total expenses under theá"Peace and Culture"áprogramme added up to overáRUB 9,995,000.
To sponsor the best and most talented musicians in the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the RPF paid 65 monthly stipends during the whole year 2011.áRUB 780,000áwere allocated for this project.
The Russian Peace Foundation has been implementing a project for the erection of a monument to Russian poetáA. Twardowskiáin Strastnoy Boulevard in Moscow. In 2011, the RPF allocatedáRUB 7,435,000áfrom the trust funds received for the erection of the monument for the production of detailed design documents for the pedestal of the monument and for landscaping the area around the monument and for the making of a granite pedestal for the monument.
In 2011, the RPF launched a humanitarian project to install a plaque in commemoration of the great architect of the 20th centuryáLe Corbusieráin Moscow.áRUB 500,000áwere allocated to the sculptor of the monument to manufacture a working model of the monument.
On February 20, 2011 the Russian Peace Foundation staged a charity concert at the Pushkin State Museum for opening the 14thá"February Evenings at Arbat"áFestival of Arts. More than 350 children's music school students, hostel school youth and war and labour veterans visited the concert where the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia played. To stage the concert, the RPF allocatedáRUB 140,000.
On April 8, 2011, a charity concert titled "A Rendezvous with Romance" was staged at the State Pushkin Museum for 400 Moscow resident veterans and children's music school students under the auspices ofá"Children's Hearts' Music"ácultural and social project. The Russian Peace Foundation allocatedáRUB 250,000áfor staging the concert and issuing public service announcements. On November 30, 2011, the RPF together with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia staged a charity concert "In celebration of Sergey Prokofiev's 120th Anniversary", for which the RPF allocatedáRUB 270,000.
RUB 150,000áwere allocated to hold the 4thá"Our Cultural Heritage"áAll-Russian Provincial Exploration Literature Competition.
The Russian Peace Foundation has traditionally paid particular attention to cooperation with the Russian Orthodox Church and other religious denominations for the benefit of spiritual revival of Russia. The Foundation and its affiliates implement projects with a view to opening Sunday schools at Orthodox churches and supporting Orthodox schools. The Foundation is represented by an RPF member in the Public Council for the Publication of The Orthodox Encyclopedia.
In 2011, the RPF allocatedáRUB 110,000áfor publishing the "Orthodox Education" magazine,áRUB 355,000áto renovate St. George's Church in the Moscow Region, the Trinity Church at Nazarievo Village in the Moscow Region and Sergey Radonezhsky's Church in the Ryazan Region, to provide support to the community of the Church of Holy Mother of God at Artemovj Village in the Moscow Region, to institute an Orthodox children's home in the Ivanovo Region, to erect St. Andrew's Church at Atyashevo Village in the Mordovian Republic, to repair the bell tower of Michael the Archangel's Church in the Millerovo district of the Rostov Region, to carry out creative and educational activities at the "Laver" Centre of the Moscow Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, and to renovate St. Nicholas of Myra's Church at the Intercession Abbey of the Moscow Diocese.
The RPF's Stavropol, Krasnodar, Kursk, Orel, Perm, Samara, Tver, Vologda, Kaliningrad, Moscow regional branches and many other offices of the Foundation actively work on this programme.
Hundreds of thousands of activists are involved in the Foundation's activities. RPF branches operate in 57 regions of Russia.
On June 17, 2011, an extended annual meeting of the Board the Russian Peace Foundation was held in keeping with the RPF's Articles of Association, where the major programmes and projects that had been implemented in priority areas of the Foundation's concern, as well as their funding and performance reporting were approved, and a report on the activities of the RPF Board was heard.
In December 2011, an independent audit of the RPF's financial activities and of compliance of the RPF's accounting with the laws of the Russian Federation was conducted.
The Russian Peace Foundation implements charitable and humanitarian programmes from own funds, including address charitable donations made by Russian organisations and individuals and receipts from foreign organisations for dedicated implementation of specific projects of the Foundation and its regional offices.
Comprehensive information on the Russian Peace Foundation and on the implementation of its national and regional programmes, as well as the Foundation's news, can be found at the RPF's website (www.peacefond.ru).
The Russian Peace Foundation's activities were covered by such media periodicals as "Parliamentary Gazette", "Moscow Perspective", "Literary Gazette" and "Dialogue of Cultures" magazine. The RPF's activities were also covered by the "ITAR-TASS" news agency, "For Russia" and "Voice of Russia" radios, etc. Furthermore, programmes on the RPF were broadcast by the national Vesti-24 TV Channel and other TV channels, such as Mir, Culture, TVCentre, VKT, Stolitsa, Doverie, etc. Central and regional mass media published a broad variety of materials on peacekeeping and charitable missions carried out by the Foundation and its branches.
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