Velikiye Luki is a town in the southern part of the Pskov Oblast in the North-West Russia with a population of about 100.000 people. The Orphanage-school is the only institution in the town and its neighbour villages for children “deprived of parental care”. It is divided into two parts: a house with a boarding school for children under 14 years old and a residential home for 14-21 years old adolescents. 82 children live in the first house, where they get the kindergarten and primary school education. Children from the fifth grade on attend local schools. 41 teenagers live in the second house together wih 8 young men and women, who have already finished school and stay at the house to get support in the first years of their adult life.

Currently boys and girls eat in the house canteen. Meals are prepared by the professional cooks, so adolescents only need to set the table and take food. Sometimes cooking activities are organized, but the facilities of the canteen kitchen are nothing like those of the home kitchen. Only tea can be prepared in the recreational rooms in a cozy atmosphere.

The “home kitchen” project aims to equip a kitchen in a separate room, big enough for 12 people, but resembling a family home kitchen. It would be a place, where adolescents can learn to cook and enjoy the “kitchen life” with each other. There are enough mentors ready to share their skills and special cooking courses could be organised.

 Project Document
 Project Document


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