There was a beautiful christian tradition in Ancient Rus' – patrons were visiting orphanages and hospitals and were giving help to the less fortunate and sick people before New year and Christmas. Continuing this glorious tradition of mercy the Zoo carries on a huge charitable work.
15430 adults and 84884 children charitably visited Zoo in 2009.
The Zoo worked with organizations and private people on charitable tickets. There were bought 570 tickets on total sum 14250 rubles for orphan children, children from low-income and large families, and handicapped children.
Charitable work includes visiting Zoo on preferential terms and holding various actions for people of all categories. In 2009 Zoo was visited by 100314 people on preferential terms. Among them:
• adults – 15430 people (veterans of the Great Patriotic War, conscript soldiers, invalids, sponsors and charity providers, action participants, etc.)
• children – 84884 people (children up to 6 years old, children with season family tickets, handicapped children, children deprived of parental care and children from large families, guests and participants of the actions, etc.)
Charitable excursions were held for orphanage fosterlings from Domodedovo and Pavlov-Posad in Moscow region, for children and adults from Municipal Institution “Complex center of social support to family and children” in all districts of Penza, for public organization “Blagovest” at the regional social shelter for children and teenagers, for Penza board and care facilities, for club of veterans “Patriot”, for All-Russian Society of Invalids in Serdobsk area, for hearing-impaired children in kindergarten №110, for children from orphanages in Mokshan and Nizhy Lomov, for members of All-Russian Organization of Blind, and in frames of actions dedicated to Defender of the Motherland Day, day of aged people, day of peoples' unanimity, week of teenagers – for the participants of veterans' club “Teply Dom”, for pensioners under care of social protection center in Pervomayskiy district, for cadets of Penza Institute of Artillery and Engineering, as well as for the students of building and communal technical school.
The 15th of May and the 1st are city holidays for children from social centers of family and childhood protection dedicated to the International day of family and day of children protection;
the 1st of January – annual action “Doors Open Day”.
Specialists of the department took part in charitable visiting actions dedicated to the third open competition “Saint of Penza land” with prepared zoo exhibitions for participants and orphanage fosterlings of Penza region.
Special attention should be paid to the conducting of the holiday visiting action “New Year window of Wish” in children's social and rehabilitation institutions, as well as in medical institutions of the city and the region, initially it was held in 2008.
What does New Year mean for every one on the Earth regardless of sex, age, social status, confession?
New Year always brings marvelous festive atmosphere filled with pine odor and twinkling stars, flashing dancing candle flame and song of snow blizzard; this is the atmosphere of warmth and cosiness which is felt with relatives, Christmas tree and presents begirt with bright ribbons...
To make gifts, to see their faces in joy which changes into delight and glee – that is pleasure and happiness!
Over 800 children are constantly in orphanages and rehabilitation centers of Penza city and Penza region, and unfortunately hundreds of children will meet New Year in medical institutions, thence the idea of new year action takes the beginning.
Competition “The best snowflake” was previously announced for every volunteers of all ages. Contest entries were presented to children institutions as new year decorations. Magic hand made snowflakes were enthusiastically accepted by children.
Visiting action included theatrical performance and entertaining programme “Miracles in the New Year eve” with fairy tale characters, exhibition of contact animals “Tender zoo” allowing children close contact with animals.
Pupils and teacher of the children art school #3 were painting new-year motifs on the windows. Children were taught master-class in making volumetric snowflakes of paper. A contest of paintings “My New Year” was held among volunteers.
In the conclusion of the fest every child got presents from sponsors. They also had an opportunity to make a wish at the miracle window.
In the New Year eve the Zoo held charitable visiting actions in 8 children institutions and gave hope in miracles and genuine holiday to over 400 children under state care.
The outcomes of the action surpassed the expected results. It was decided to repeat the action in 2009 but using new elements. The contest “New year tree for a friend” took place. Partnership with the children art school #3, JSC “Prestige”, hypermarket “Begemot” was continued. New sponsors were involved in the action.
Initially the holiday was presented to children from social rehabilitation center of Lopukhovka village and special correctional foster home for handicapped children in Neverkino village. The slogan of the action was “May the window of wish bring happiness to every child in the New Year!”
Taking into consideration the concrete outcomes of the action as happy smiles of children who specially need our care, Penza zoo has decided to make it traditional.