On the threshold of the New Year, several charity events were held in the Republic of Dagestan under the sponsorship of JSC RusHydro's Dagestan branch.
In the city of Kaspiysk, the Centre for Social Assistance to Families and Children organized a charity New Year's evening for handicapped children and children deprived of parental care. More than 100 youngsters were able to see a short theatrical presentation with fairytale characters, reel off with Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden, and sing and dance with popular stage performers. At the end of the evening, every child got a selection of candies and a stuffed toy.
RusHydro's Dagestan branch also sponsored a charity evening at the Centre for Social Services to the Elderly and Handicapped in the city of Makhachkala. Fifty of the Centre's patients took part in the event. All total, 80 handicapped patients and pensioners were given New Year's presents of food parcels and other treasured gifts as part of this charitable program.
In addition, RusHydro's Dagestan branch set aside funds to purchase New Year's presents for the children of the disabled at the Makhachkala Branch of the National Society for the Blind as part of the "Sail of Hope" charitable program.
RusHydro launched the long-term comprehensive charitable program "Sail of Hope" in the third quarter of 2008. At its heart lie charity work and sponsorship aimed at helping children from socially vulnerable families, children's homes, and orphanages, and offering vocational guidance to young people.
Eighteen RusHydro branches became participants in the "Sail of Hope" program in 2008. They are located in various Russian Federation regions, namely: republics of Dagestan, Karachayevo-Cherkessia, North Ossetia-Alania, Chuvashia, and Khakassia; the Perm and Stavropol territories; Amur, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saratov, Volgograd, and Yaroslav regions; and the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg.