The name of Fr. Werenfried van Straaten, Dutch Catholic priest and the founder of “Aid to the Church in Need”, one of the biggest charities in the world, until present is vaguely known in Russia. At the same time he is one of the most bright and inspired personalities of the Christian Church in the XX century.
He started his service immediately after the II World War with the call to help those who were former enemies. He was certain that the spiritual and caring help to afflicted is the same important as the material help. And to donators it opens the way of personal address to the Lord, soul salvation and fidelity to the Church.
His idea was to help Russian Orthodox Faith to grow through the gift of generosity and the interest of our benefactors. We believe in the same teachings of the Bible and the same 10 commandments.
Today the charity “Aid to the Church in Need” has representative offices in 17 countries. The charity works thanks to the donations of hundreds of thousands Christians, Catholics mainly. The majority of donators are not exuberant in means but they donate to those who have less.