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Statistics

Over 30,000 children and teenagers go missing in Russia each year. An estimated 190 cases of trade in children was registered over the past five years. According to information possessed by the Interior Ministry, there are 500,00 to 2.5 million neglected children in Russia, 2,000 children and teenagers commit suicide each year, and 2 million children are illiterate.

Leonid Chekalin, chairman of the interregional public organization Children Are Russia's Future MOSCOW Oct 20

Alcoholic parents, family violence, squalid living conditions, hunger and poverty, force so many children out onto the street. We are working to help these children who have suffered untold mental and physical abuse in who now feel there is no real purpose or meaning to life, because nobody wants them and no-one even cares what happens to them.

Children live in small houses they have built on the hot water pipes or in small houses on the garbage dump which they have built themselves.
According to official statistics, 40% of the children from orphanages end up as criminals, and the same percentage become alcoholics and drug addicts. One in ten commits suicide.
Fate stole their chance for a normal life. Bereft of positive role models they assimilate the characteristics of those around them - from the street.

Poland is one of the countries in Eastern Europe where many children still grow up in orphanages, in Polish called “Dom Dziecka” meaning Child’s Home. In reality these are not homes. Although people working there try to keep it clean, safe, warm, and even attractive, an orphanage is not a home. It’s just a public institution where children are coming to from very different circumstances. There are many reasons children come to orphanages. Sometimes it happens because of the death of their parents. Sometimes extreme economic hardship may cause parents to abandon their children or prevent them from properly caring for their little ones.

In Poland today there are 350 orphanages-the highest number in Central Europe- including about 100 smaller orphanages run by families. They are home to about 80,000 children.