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The Fund has done a great deal in Russia over the past fifteen years. This enormous amount of work has only been possible because of the selfless character of Russians and non-Russians in Canada, USA, France, Australia, Finland and other countries around the world. However, there are still many suffering, needy and sick individuals who require your attention, care, and helping hand. We have many plans,
and our work is evolving in a number of directions, including humanitarian and medical assistance, education and culture.
The Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna Memorial Fund is a non-commercial, non-profit organization. We unfortunately do not have permanent office or storage facilities, although our volunteers urgently need them to carry out our basic objectives. The success of our programmes depends in large part on our volunteers, benefactors and those who are not indifferent to the fate of the underprivileged, disabled and orphans. We are certain that there are many people abroad and in Russia who are prepared to lend a helping hand, so please donate to this worthy cause.

The hand that giveth, receiveth!

 

GRAND DUCHESS OLGA ALEXANDROVNA, DAUGHTER AND SISTER OF EMPERORS

Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna was born on June 1 (14), 1882, in Peterhof, on the Gulf of Finland. Hers was a royal birth, deemed in the purple, since her father, Alexander III, was still Russias reigning monarch. She was also the youngest and favourite sister of Nicholas II, Russias last Tsar. A remarkable woman, she devoted a considerable part of her working life to philanthropic and charitable activities, all in Christs name.
With the medical knowledge and experience she had acquired from a doctor on her estate in Voronezh, she volunteered, as a simple sister of charity, to go to the Front in the First World War. While there, she used her own funds to equip a hospital where she became sister superior.
By the time the Second World War broke out, the Grand Duchess and her family had already established themselves in Denmark (birthplace of her mother, Maria Feodorovna), which was occupied by the Nazis. The country gave refuge to needy Russians in exile whom the Grand Duchess did not hesitate to assist. Threatened with trial and execution by the Soviets after the War, she and her family had to seek asylum in Canada in 1948.
The Grand Duchess passed away on November 24, 1960, in Toronto, Canada, and was buried in the North York cemetery beside her beloved husband, Nikolai Alexandrovich Kulikovsky.


 

MEMORIAL FUND HISTORY

The creation of the Russian Relief Programme in memory of Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Olga is therefore a natural idea arising from the living example of this humble, yet great lady.

The thought of creating the Charity was planted by chance on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the death of the Grand Duchess, following the requiem held in her memory. After the service, in keeping with Russian Orthodox tradition, all those present gathered in the refectory to share a meal prepared in her honour. Among those invited was a Canadian who held the Grand Duchess in high esteem. He visited her grave every time he came to Toronto. He unexpectedly posed the following question to Tihon Nikolaevich and me: Have you ever thought of perpetuating the memory of the Grand Duchess in some way? But of course! I replied, without hesitation, although at that time I really didnt know what we would do.
While we were driving back home in the car, Tihon Nikolaevich and I started to discuss what we might do. As I recall, it was 1990, a year of great change in Russia, a time when there were shortages of almost everything: medical supplies, food and clothing, and high unemployment everywhere. Tihon and I were closely following what was happening in Russia and, since the Grand Duchess loved Russia and its people very much, and always strove to help those in need, that gave us the idea of establishing Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna Memorial Fund, Russian Relief Programme. The Charity was registered first of all in Canada and then in Russia in 1991.


Grand Duchess Olga, Sister of Charity (centre),
at the Field Hospital,
August, 1915.

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