Petrova’s Promise is dedicated to the children that society turned their back on: the Russian orphans who have physical and mental disabilities. Petrova’s Promise provides financial assistance, medical equipment, emotional support and individualized personal attention to these children.

Founder & Director, Kim Wepler

Kim Wepler is the founder and director of Petrova’s Promise. She is the mother of four children, three of whom were adopted from Russia. Before becoming a mother, Kim was a pediatric physical therapist at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, Ohio.

Mission Statement

To improve the health, mobility and living conditions of disabled Russian orphans through financial assistance, assumption and delivery of medical equipment, emotional support, individualized personal attention and working with other registered non-profit organizations.

Corporate Status

Petrova’s Promise is a registered non-profit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the

Internal Revenue Code 1986 with an EIN of 20-8081357.


Named after Kim’s first adopted daughter, Petrova’s Promise is dedicated to improving the health and lives of disabled Russian orphans. Kim founded Petrova’s Promise in 2005, after adopting three children from Russia. In doing so, she saw firsthand the deplorable conditions disabled orphans endure.

During her first trip to Russia, she fell in love with the people of Russia—especially the children—and made the decision to come back and help these children in some way. Kim decided to use her physical therapy expertise to improve the lives of these children.

Since the start of Petrova’s Promise, Kim has purchased:

  • New or collected used leg and arm orthotics (braces), leg and arm prosthetics (artificial limbs), crutches, walkers, wheelchairs and other medical equipment
  • Established an infant massage program in an orphanage for babies with disabilities
  • Established a penal program in an orphanage for teens with learning disabilities

The future of Petrova’s Promise and Petrova’s Home

Petrova’s Promise will continue to visit the orphanages where disabled children live. In doing so, Kim can assess the needs of the children and then bring them the medical equipment, educational supplies and love they need.

How you can help

Know where your money is going—and that it’s making a difference. Petrova’s Promise is seeking funding to pay for the care of the children, medical supplies and furnishings including furniture, dishes, towels, etc.

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