The Gift to an Angel Foundation came into being as a result of a project of the same name which was created in 2014 by Galya Tikhonova, the mother of a child with special needs named Andrew (CP) with the aim of fulfilling cherished dreams of children with disabilities. Wide media coverage and a great interest from philanthropists and families who need help led to the project’s scaling and creation of the Gift to an Angel Charity Foundation for Helping Children. The Foundation systematically assists single-parent and low-income families with children with cerebral palsy and other musculoskeletal disorders. In addition to financial assistance, the Foundation provides social and psychological support to beneficiaries and their families.
Assistance is provided to families from all regions of the Russian Federation under 4 charity programs:
REHABILITATION – As part of the program, beneficiaries receive financial assistance to access physical rehabilitation and speech therapy at the Foundation’s partner centers: Rehabilitation Center "April" and Rehabilitation Department "Polyany" of the FSBI Children's Medical Center at the Administrative Directorate of the President of the Russian Federation. ASSISTANCE TO CHILDREN – The program provides financial assistance in purchasing specialized rehabilitation equipment, household appliances, educational toys, sports and health complexes, furniture items and other necessary things whether for household or playground organization. The program also provides assistance in the purchase of specialized clothing and footwear, including orthoses. ASSISTANCE TO ADULTS – The program provides assistance in various areas of rehabilitation, socialization and vocational guidance for adults with musculoskeletal disorders and cerebral palsy. ASSISTANCE TO FAMILIES – Within the program's projects, parents of the Foundation’s beneficiaries are provided with psychological support and a wide variety of training courses to improve their knowledge about rehabilitation and habilitation processes and make them involved in the therapy. In order to integrate children into society, the program's projects cover socialization, vocational guidance and extra tuition.