An Outreach to the Orphan Children
and Children at Risk in the Former Soviet Union


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David Ford first began traveling to Russia in the winter of 2001 with Josh McDowell Ministry's "Operation Carelift". 

"The first time I entered an orphanage in St Petersburg, Russia I saw the desperation of the children living there. This experience had a major impact on my life.   I knew at this time that I wanted to continue to try and help make a difference in the lives of these children.



The number of children entering into the Russian orphanage system has been constantly rising since 1991 and the fall of the Soviet Union. Children are being abandoned at a rate of 100,000 per year to the state. The recent economic crises is making this situation worse. Alcoholism is one of the main causes of children being abandoned. Once a child is in the orphanage, they do not receive a proper education, nor are they taught any social life skills to adapt to independent life in society.


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