ThePromise first began working in Russia in 2003 in the Ryazan Baby Home.
Adapting Portage to be used in an institutional setting was very successful and thanks to the positive development of the children in the Baby Home ThePromise was able to expand it’s work to the Yelatma Orphanage.
Historically many of the children from the Baby Home would be transfered to Yelatma at the age of 4. Over time the number of children moving to Yelatma fell, which was a direct result of receiving Portage from a young age in the Baby Home, meaning many children went on to orphanages where they received an education.
ThePromise are not currently involved in setting up Portage services in institutions due to a restructuring of the system in Russia over the last few years.