Celebrate Best Buddies Russia
Best Buddies Russia was launched in 2009 in High Schools and Universities in Moscow. In a short time, Best Buddies Russia is already making a difference in the lives of their volunteers and the community they live in.
College Buddy, Vika Fedeeva shares about her friendship with her Buddy, Vera Koloskova.
I’m in Best Buddies with Vera Koloskova, a kind, sweet, out-going and very romantic young woman. We get together on Sundays…I go to her house and we decide how we’re going to spend the day. So far we’ve gone to a Sushi Bar, to a popular Moscow coffee shop, to a New Year’s party, and to a play about Cinderella.
I also went to one of Vera’s performances in the Theater of the Innocents, where Vera is an actress, together with other actors with intellectual disabilities. The young people there are great! We weren’t the only Best Buddies volunteers there — we saw Vitya, Vlad, Dima, and Anton too. Vera and I talk almost every day, send each other text messages, and share our dreams about our princes in shining armor. Sometimes I stay for tea with her parents and chat.
I have changed the way I treat people with Down syndrome. Before I thought that people with disabilities were somehow different, but now I see that they are just people, and sometimes they have very vibrant personalities! People know so little about them. I think some people are a bit afraid of them, but they shouldn’t be.
A lot of people ask me, “Why on earth are you doing this?” -Or sometimes they say, “Wow, you’re all heroes, so self-sacrificing.” -But other friends have listened to me, and now they’re interested, too. They’d also like to be a Best Buddy.