Orthodox Charity Organisation ‘Mercy’
The Orthodox Charity Organisation “Mercy’ is like a common home for one and all, with one roof and one fundamental base. And even though our 27 projects are scattered all over Moscow, and some even all over Russia, ‘Mercy’ is a unit, a tight one that helps those who are most in need: the lonely elderly, disabled, pregnant women without a roof over their heads, orphans, homeless, HIV-positives.
One of the key features of “Mercy’ is that we have our own infrastructure thanks to which we can help those in need in a complex, professional and long-lasting way. St Sophia’s Social Home, Rehabilitation Centre for children with cerebral palsy, St Elizabeth’s Orphanage, St Spiridon’s Almshouse, Crisis Centre “Mum’s Home’ and many more are non-governmental non-commercial organisations that are part and parcel of ‘Mercy’. Their regular work is maintained by us, mainly thanks to the funds we raise through donations.
OUR MISSION IS
TO HELP THOSE MOST IN NEED OR EMERGENCY,
TO ALLEVIATE PAIN,
TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE for THOSE UNDER OUR CARE
THUS KEEPING THE MAIN COMMANDMENT OF LOVE
AND THROUGH OUR ACTS OF MERCY TRYING TO BE CLOSER TO GOD
It is of utmost importance for us to see every single person in need of help as an individual rather than a representative of ‘a social stratum’ or an example of ‘a social issue’. We often cooperate with those under our care thus working out a personalized way out of trouble and putting it into practice step by step. Still, we’re fully aware of the fact that even such a large organization as ‘Mercy’ is not able to change the whole world. However, we’re more than sure that we can provide thousands, sometimes even tens of thousands of people with real help, and strive for it.
80% of our day-to-day work depends on donations; that is why the destiny of those under our care is tightly linked to regular donations from our benefactors. There’re about 400 people under our constant care, those who have been looked after by us day in, day out over a number of years. They’re orphans who are raised in our orphanages and state boarding schools, lonely elderly people in our almshouse, disabled adults in our Mental Health Nursing Home and many more. All in all, we help more than 20,000 people annually on a regular basis.
The Orthodox Charity Organisation ‘Mercy’ OPERATES WITH THE BLESSING OF KIRILL, PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA and is based in Moscow. Our Head is Panteleimon (secular name - Arkadiy Viktorovich Shatov, Russian), the Russian Orthodox Bishop of Orekhovo-Zuyevo and chairman of the Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Ministry, Russian Orthodox Church.