Our reading room on Lake Teletskoe is a place where books heal the souls.
We first took a group of children from Gorno-Altaisk orphanage to our house ten years ago. Picture: Yevgeniy Veselovskiy
Teachers from Gorno-Altaisk University have been working on testing the state of boys and girls before coming to Lake Teletskoe, while staying at Lake Teletskoe and after returning to the city. Our task was to organise excursions and different activities for the children.
We did the hike to the viewing platform at 'Vas'kina Mountain' and to 'Pokemon's cave'. We trained the children how to cope with rowing and sailing boats, sing songs, and to talk about life while sitting around campfire.
'We prepare a lot of events connected with a healthy lifestyle and recognition of the world around us. Such events take almost all the time, but children always have a couple of hours to read a good book sitting on the lake shore'. Picture: Yevgeniy Veselovskiy
There were many bright and interesting things and our guests, now adults, love to remember about this nostalgically and ask us to send them pictures - and promise to come again to visit the places where they enjoyed many happy moments.
I remember how children asked us for permission to take books from our family library.
They sat with these books on the shore of Teletskoe and began to read. The teachers, who accompanied them, stood still in joyful amazement, because they could not get their students to take up reading in the city.
'Their world is filled with travel and adventure, good and brave people. And they wanted to be the same'. Picture: Yevgeniy Veselovskiy
Over the past 10 years, many children and young people visited our family homestead. We helped them to open the world of the Altai Biosphere Reserve and Lake Teletskoe - we also helped them open the world of numerous novels.
They read our books and empathised with the heroes. Their world got filled with travel and adventure, good and brave people, and they felt they wanted to be the same. I agree with sociologists who raise alarm, saying that our children often see up to a hundren thousand scenes of violence before they reach early teens.
It hurts their minds, causing many different problems, including addictions. This is why our Altai Biosphere Reserve invites children and young people to rest here on the shores of lake Teletskoe, where we set up an eco-volunteering camping complex.
'Every book you send will be gratefully received'. Picture: Yevgeniy Veselovskiy
We prepare a lot of events to show benefits of a healthy lifestyle, and help them understand and appreciate the world around us. Such events take almost all their time, but they still try to find a couple of hours to read a good book, sitting on the lake shore.
We've decided to help them learn more, and started building our special library for children and youngsters - if any of you can help us, and send a book with your signature and best wishes we would be immensely grateful!
Every book (no matter the language) will be gratefully received; please post them to me here in Siberia:
Yevgeniy Dmitriyevich Veselovskiy
Altai Biosphere Natural Reserve
Republic of Altai
As well as her amazing 'modern' footwear, this Mongolian 'seamstress' went to the afterlife with four changes of clothes, her sewing kit, a horse and a ram's head.