Evgeny (Eugene in English) Vachayev is the founder of the Big Family volunteer project that joined efforts with Desana in 2007. Before he retired in 2014, Evgeny worked full-time for a Metal and Steel Making Plant. Since then, however, his volunteering became a primary occupation. What started as a socializing class for orphans in one particular orphanage grew into a huge ministry touching hundreds of lives. Evgeny himself has two grown children, one adopted daughter with special needs and four grandchildren.