Thursday, August 17, 2017

UMMC, Makhmudov leading effort to help Russian orphans

As Russia's government continues to struggle to address the country's ongoing child welfare crisis, Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company, owned by Iskander Makhmudov, has decided to directly engage the local community to meet the needs of Russian orphans and other children.

UMMC, a metallurgical company based in Verkhnyaya Pyshma in the Ural Region, along with Makhmudov and Andrei Kozitsin, the company's president, have devoted a significant portion of the company's resources to aid children in the community.

Russia has the world's highest child abandonment rate and its orphanages are overcrowded and under-served. Additionally, child prisons are in a state of crisis as international organizations have begun to expose the many human rights violations in those institutions. Many private companies in Russia, citing an inadequate response by the government, are attempting to fill the void in social services.

UMMC's social programs are meant to address child delinquency, inadequate resources for orphanages and the demand for medical services.

Makhmudov, Kozitsin and UMMC identified the prevention of child delinquency as one of the keys to address the current child welfare crisis, which is why they established social rehabilitation programs for orphans and children whose parents have been deprived of their parental rights. Such children have identified as at a high risk for becoming involved in violent crimes. UMMC, working with municipal authorities, has developed educational and health centers for these at-risk children.

UMMC has also provided material aid and resources for orphanages in cities where the company has local branches, providing services from courses for orphans to supplies to medical treatment and medical services.

Under the direction of Makhmudov, UMMC has launched several medical treatment options for disadvantaged children, including the "Children of Russia" project, piloted in the Sverdlovsk oblast, that serves children with extensive health disorders.

Makhmudov's programs have also made it possible for Russian citizens to financially contribute to help with specific medical needs of children, with beneficiaries of the charitable program including a baby born in 2013 who was unable to breathe and needed special, expensive equipment, and a young girl who needs chemotherapy for a cancerous tumor.