The Timchenko Foundation’s new programme “Foundation plus Provinces”, designed to supply medical and social facilities with personal protective equipment they need, as well as to support the hardest-hit social classes, got off the starting blocks in May. The programme has been joined by 16 states: the Perm, Altai, Primorye and Stavropol Krais, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Ingushetia, and the Tver, Ryazan, Tambov, Yaroslavl, Novosibirsk, Volgograd, Samara, Arkhangelsk, Sverdlovsk and Ulyanovsk Oblasts. The total amount of assistance is 785 mln roubles.
The states were chosen in terms of their epidemic situation, the availability of a reliable non-profit affiliate of the foundation, transparency and teamwork culture. The priority targets for donations are proposed by the foundation’s local affiliates in coordination with government officials. The majority of the states have already been supplied 20,000 sets of PPE on the average, which included medical coveralls, respirators, gloves, glasses and shoe covers.
The Foundation has also made charitable donations through its non-profit affiliates in the provinces to provide focused assistance to people in dire straits. The donations are used to purchase food and online learning and leisure facilities for children in boarding schools; deliver cooked meals; arrange self-isolation for health professionals; provide support for social workers and volunteers; hire vehicles; pay for fuel and lubricants for humanitarian help.
Maria Morozova: “In this uneasy time we believe it is our duty to support the provinces where the battle against the epidemic and its aftermath is being fought with commitment and dedication by the concerted efforts of society and the government. Their openness and willingness to engage in a dialogue allow us to allocate resources to the most severe problems and materially contribute to the efforts dealing with this misfortune”.
The Foundation plus Provinces programme is part of the anti-crisis package that the Timchenko Foundation is implementing in response to the coronavirus disease and its consequences. Earlier the foundation in tandem with the Third Age alliance initiated the creation of the Help is at Hand coalition to assist senior citizens, which has already been joined by 222 non-profits from 56 regions. Since its establishment, the coalition has delivered assistance to 66,000+ seniors, identified 3,000 “invisible” old people not registered with social services. The Foundation has launched an aid programme for its affiliates, which is called “Open Door”, to fund their efforts to assist the most vulnerable people. To date, the green light has been given to 152 request, most of which propose to procure food and medical supplies, organize online teaching and support for the non-profits serving the most vulnerable social groups. The foundation is also active in providing personal protective equipment to medical and social facilities directly and through major non-profits, such as the foundations Golden Years, Vera, Fair Assistance from Doctor Liza and Night Shelter.