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"Good deeds" in a new place

As a manager from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk moved to Kaliningrad and became a volunteer

Despite the diametrically opposite geographical location, Sakhalin and the Kaliningrad region have many things in common. First, both regions are separated from the "Great Russia", and secondly, both here and there the life of the local population is closely connected with the sea. But if you move from Sakhalin Island to the Kaliningrad region, then between the regions you can find many unexpected and striking differences. Inna Eroshenko, having changed her residence, radically changed the kind of her professional activity - from commercial to charity. How and why this happened, and how life in Kaliningrad is different from life on Sakhalin, Inna Eroshenko told EastRussia.

"Good deeds" in a new place
Inna Eroshenko was born in the north, in the town of Mirny, Arkhangelsk region. Dad, Alexander Kuhn, who at that time left his career as a pilot, was in love with his homeland - Sakhalin Island, and persuaded the family to move first to Khabarovsk, and after a while to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. There, Inna graduated from the school and Sakhalin State University, majoring in "Natural Science Education", and then worked as a corporate manager in the company of cellular communications. Perspective work, career, native places, friends - it would seem: live and rejoice. But one day the girl radically changed not only the place of residence, but also the sphere of activity.
- What was the main reason for the sudden change of place and lifestyle?
- It all happened quite by accident - I came, fell in love, got married and stayed. It started with the fact that I was offered a brother to visit Kaliningrad with an excursion purpose, before that I practically did not know anything about this city, and except for Sakhalin I visited only in Central Russia and the Kuban.

I looked at the Internet on the information about the city, was amazed by its beauty, and in one social network I saw that Alexei, my old acquaintance, who had moved here from Sakhalin earlier, lives in Kaliningrad. Alexei met us, as they say, in Sakhalin, conducted excursions around the city and the region, showed the most interesting places and places. And when my journey was already coming to an end, we realized that we should be together.
- What first of all surprised most in Kaliningrad?
- In addition to beautiful architecture and a special "European" atmosphere, I was most impressed by the "cult of the child" reigning here: a huge number of institutions for children, and parents willing to devote a lot of time to their leisure, development and upbringing. Children's centers, clubs, rooms every year in the city is becoming more and more! I have two children, and this approach was very close to me.
- Charitable project "Good deeds", which you created soon after the move, was born from this atmosphere?
- Undoubtedly, the atmosphere contributed to this, but the very idea of ​​the project arose when with the younger child we got to the Children's Regional Hospital. From the conversation with the doctor, I found out that the children entering the nursery department lacked elementary clothes. Immediately the idea arose to create a group on the Internet to collect it and bring it to the hospital. By the way, at that time I was very far from the social theme.
So there was a project "Good deeds", which at first was an online community in a social network. After work, Inna together with her husband gathered clothes for the nursery department of the children's regional hospital, then the project was helped by the director of the Danke Shop, Andrei Gromnyuk.
Things went wrong - once we transferred more than 100 kg of clothes to the hospital, which helped to solve the problem with its shortage. Another question arose: what next? The case introduced me to Valery Nesterov, president of the Sozial Generations PSRF, who believed in the project and comprehensively supported him. Thanks to Valery, I met with the chairman of the All-Russian Society of Disabled People (VOI), and learned about the problems of people with disabilities. We had our first wards, for whom we organized photo-tours. At these events, Kaliningradians were photographed from professional photographers for diapers, which were passed on to people who need them with cerebral palsy.
After a while, Inna met Elena Kuznetsova, director of the children's entertainment club "Star City", and the project "Good Deeds" acquired its main focus - helping children with cerebral palsy.
- Why did you choose this particular target group?
- The fact is that these children are circumvented by the attention of the state and the funds, because they do not have diseases that directly threaten their lives. In Kaliningrad, a huge number of children with cerebral palsy, but they almost always spend in four walls. And for a child it is important first of all to have a happy childhood, so we decided to send our forces to help families with such children. By the way, acquaintance with Elena, too, was very interesting. I had the idea of ​​creating a holiday, which people will come to, but instead of paying to bring diapers. I wrote a letter to several children's clubs in the city, but only Elena answered. 

It turns out she wanted to organize something like that for a long time. Since then we have been working together. We organized the project "Touching Tale", combining clown and animal therapy: they began to come home to children who, for health reasons, can not visit public places and show them performances with the participation of animals. During the show, a chinchilla, a tortoise, giant snails, a snake, white and gray hedgehogs, a cat and a guinea pig appear in turn from the magic boxes. They are different by touch, they can be touched, which gives the child the development of motor skills and positive emotions. All animals live at home, they are hypoallergenic, which is important when interacting with children.
Inna says that the emotional response to communication with animals is observed even in completely paralyzed children. One day, "Touching Tale" came to the baby, which almost does not move, and by the end of the performance, his saliva began to ooze. Mom said that this is the highest praise from the child, and that he is very pleased.
In addition to communicating with animals, in the course of presentation, the children perform the tasks that are feasible for them - who draws, who teaches verses or songs, with subsequent execution. Gradually, "Touching Tale" gained popularity, and now the event is periodically held in the club "Star City".
In time, apart from the "Touching Tale", "Good Deeds" began to realize other projects - "Holiday with Meaning" and "39 Travel". The first is held once a quarter and is an event of targeted support for a specific child. One of the events of the "Holiday with Meaning" was held this year for Shrovetide for a boy with cerebral palsy who needs rehabilitation. In the course of it, the "Good Deeds" collected more than 20 thousand rubles. According to the project "39 Travels" for disabled children and their parents there are excursions to various interesting places in the Kaliningrad region - wards of "Good Deeds" have already visited the Chocolate factory "Belgorstar", in the castle Shaaken and on the Curonian Spit.

All performances for children are free of charge, and the participants of the "Good Deeds" work as volunteers. In addition, over three years of existence, the organization has many partners that help develop the community and its individual projects.
- Could you implement such a project on Sakhalin, if you did not move?
- It is difficult to say, while I lived on Sakhalin, I did not think at all that people have a need for support from volunteers. In Kaliningrad, a special "social atmosphere". I do not get tired of being amazed at the people who help us. Absolutely free of charge we are provided with buses, we are invited free of charge to entertaining institutions, all show programs for children are also free of charge.
- And what are the missing moments in Kaliningrad compared to life on Sakhalin?
- First of all, there is not enough Sakhalin nature. It is unique. Only a lazy person does not go fishing on the island. During spawning, fish are caught with their hands, standing knee-deep in the river. At sea we collected chilim (shrimp) and boiled on the beach in sea water. Also, having left the city, you can easily meet a bear.
Still on Sakhalin a large quantity of seafood and a variety of food, including burdock and fern from Korean cuisine. When in Kaliningrad you tell about that, you ate burdock, they look at you strangely. But on Sakhalin it is different - its dimensions are such that under it you can easily hide from the rain, and properly prepared stalk - just delicious. In the family we are trying to reproduce dishes that are common in Sakhalin, but this is not easy, the source products are very different here.
- Differences in mentality between Sakhalin and Kaliningrad are noticeable?
- Of course. Sakhalin people are very open people. Some also compare them with Muscovites because of their high standard of living. On the island it is customary to help each other, people are always ready to support you and help you in any matter. In Kaliningrad, for example, unfamiliar people are not invited to visit, and on Sakhalin it is in the order of things.
Sakhalin people love nature, hunting, fishing, whereas Kaliningraders, in my opinion, are not so close to nature. Here they like to emphasize their European disposition, which is manifested in everything - in the service, the culture of communication, the culture of everyday life. Noticeable differences in the style of clothing. On Sakhalin, for example, a girl always looks like on a podium, and in Kaliningrad the more "European style" is spread, where comfort and comfort comes first.
- Is there any desire to return, or maybe just go to Sakhalin?
- Back - no, but the desire to go periodically visits. But stops the fare, for our family there and back - more than 100 thousand rubles. Therefore, while I maintain contact with relatives and friends via the Internet and by phone. Besides, in Kaliningrad we have friends who also moved from Sakhalin, and we often meet with them.
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