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My name is Anastasia Goncharenko and I want to tell you why I decided to dedicate myself to volunteering

I have always been indifferent to social problems or people who need for help or protection.

I was never looked for a special reason to help – I could just pay a check at the box office for an elderly person, or, seeing a post on social networks, make a certain recalculation for help. But every time I wanted to do something more significant, something more global. But I did not have any experience, no clear ideas or specific like-minded people.

And at a certain period of my life, when I felt that I really want to share my love, I want to help from the bottom of my heart, I want to make someone’s little dream come true – I realized that this is my vocation. Turning the pages of the social network, I saw a call for volunteering and fundraising. There were people nearby who supported my wish and showed me the direction of movement. I was actively involved in all aspects of this campaign. I did not expect approval or any enrichment, I just did what my heart said.

Charity is not something to brag about. This is what makes you a real person. This is what makes not only me happy. I realized that I can change someone’s life, I can create a better destiny, I can make someone’s dream come true. Happiness in the eyes of these people, their gratitude, their trust – this is the best reward for my efforts. Being human is simple, doing charity is a responsibility. Even when life throws up difficulties or a difficult period for me, I still remember those who need help and I will try to do everything to make these people feel love and significance

The Handcrafts by Orphans project is supported by the United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme and Reconstruction Program and funded by the governments of Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland.