“The word happiness in Russian comes from the word part. We experience happiness in parts, moments, and charity is the best way to become involved in something greater than yourself. I made this discovery 20 years ago when…
There is a stable stereotype in society positing that people get down to charity work mainly to get good publicity or launder money, or after they have experienced personal tragedy.
I am doing work for charity because of the constant internal need to be useful and necessary, and it is not enough for me to be necessary only for my family and friends. And I am by no means seeking or craving after kudos: I have been doing it chiefly for myself. I think that this is not a temporary or age-related drive, because 15 years of working in the fund have not exhausted it. Most likely, it’s forever. I have not got the great gift to heal the sick, and I am not able to expungeorphans’ burning memories of childhood that may have been full of cruelty and injustice. I have only a great desire and vision of how to qualitatively improve the life of people having difficult fate.
I will not tell you how much has been done in these 15 years now or praise the results of the Foundation’s activities. I am convinced that time will prove the need and effectiveness of our undertakings.
I must say that the years of charitable work have given very much to me personally: it is participation in the destinies of complete strangers, realization of the fact that we can overcome any difficult situations working together, and a vision of how human mercy changes the lives of others. All this gives me a feeling of satisfaction and makes my life full.
Saby Charitable Foundation is my pet project that never once has betrayed or disappointed me during these years. It has made all my ideas and cherished desires fulfilled, even those that were the most audacious ones. I am endlessly grateful to everyone who has taken part in the life of our foundation: to all our friends, donators, and sponsors!
And special thanks to my devoted team, a team of like-minded people!