Ten inmates of Children’s Home No.80 are the only Russian citizens who can boast of having autographs given by world’s pop star No.1 – Madonna.
Shortly before her departure from Moscow on September 13, the next day after she gave a hugely successful performance on Moscow's largest Luzhniki Stadium, Madonna (pictures) visited orphans living in Children’s Home No.30. Correspondents of the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper visited the home as well to ask for children’s impressions of meeting one of the greatest singers of our times.
Children were told about Madonna’s visit only 20 minutes before her arrival. Boys rushed to pick flowers that they were growing on a flowerbed. The bouquet of flowers for Madonna was made of five roses. “We gave her the flowers which we had grown ourselves,” tenth-grader Viktor Nosov said. Viktor was beaming with happiness demonstrating a photograph on his cell phone showing himself and Madonna hugging.
Madonna was given a tour of the orphanage and answered all the children’s questions even though she was tired after performing last night. She advised the children to read more and watch less television!
“At first I thought that she was telling me that she loved me. I misunderstood her at first. When she entered our ward we all jumped off our beds. I was the closest one to her. And then she said “ How do you do ?” I forgot my English entirely, I thought that she said “I love you” to me. I was standing there all blushing and speechless. I came back to my senses only when a translator told me that Madonna was asking how I was doing,” Viktor said.
Madonna’s bodyguards were trying to play the role of men on duty in the beginning. They could not stand near their client and watch little kids pulling her sleeves. The bodyguards relaxed several minutes later when one of the boys, Anton (8 y.o.) started jumping on his bed and screaming: “Look, this is my bed!"
“Little kids did not realize how lucky they were. Smaller children were pulling Madonna’s sleeves saying “Mama, mama.” Madonna smiled when she heard that,” another teenage boy Viktor Lakeyev said.
The superstar brought 20 boxes of cakes with her and several winter coats for the children.
“In addition to the flowers we gave her a mascot. It was a so-called guardian doll (a traditional Russian fabric-made stuffed toy). Children make those dolls here themselves. It is believed that those dolls bring happiness to their owners,” the Director of the children’s home, Yuri Yevdokimov said.
However, Madonna did not donate any money to the children’s home that she visited. “The singer promised to donate a certain amount of funds to charitable foundations Pomogi.Org and Naked Hearts. The foundations will distribute the money between children’s homes and boarding schools. Probably we will receive a little of it for our children too,” Yevdokimov said.
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov