Our Story

It all began in 1998 in a run-down orphanage in Western Russia.


In the process of adopting a small Russian girl, Dubliner Debbie Deegan visited the orphanage of Hortolova.  The truly horrendous conditions she encountered there, compelled her to set up "To Russia with Love", an Irish registered charity. "This is a tale of two promises" said Debbie "A promise to one little girl that I wouldn't forget her classmates - the children she had grown up with in the orphanage where she had spent her early years - and a promise to another little girl, who had never been hugged before, that I would come back to her orphanage and hug and kiss her on her birthday".  Its a promise that Debbie repeated again and again, a promise she cant get out of, because these children have nobody else, no one to fight in their corner, to love them, to believe in them.

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To Russia With Love have teamed up with Brown Bag Films to bring you a unique new initiative ANYA - a four minute animation charting 20 years in the life of a Russian orphan is the end result of 14 months work at Brown Bag Films.


Debbie's new book will be launched on October 16th. This book is called "To Russia With Love The Children's Stories". The book contains the children's stories, told in their own words, from some of the youngest ones to the children who are now adults and whose lives were changed by To Russia With Love. Their stories are sometimes harrowing to read, heartbreaking but also full of hope for the future. You can pre-order the book online here or by emailing us at



If you want to order it to be sent to someone as a gift - beautifully wrapped by our shop, we can do that also. All proceeds from the book will go to To Russia With Love.

Our Book


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Pre-order Gift wrapped copy here.

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