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Back to School

Back to School

October 06, 2017

For a child at Shpola Orphanage in Ukraine, “Back to School” is very different.  It’s NOT the familiar waxy smell of crayons, freshly sharpened pencils and a cool new backpack.

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Challenger Youth Camp 2017

Challenger Youth Camp 2017

September 25, 2017

Several weeks after our Shpola Kids Camp, Hope Now USA was blessed to host another camp, but this time for high school teenagers, called Challenger Youth Camp.  Kompas Park welcomed the oldest orphans from Shpola orphanage, kids that had previously graduated from Shpola as well as many teens from local Cherkasy churches. Sometimes, teenagers can be pretty difficult to work with, but with the right approach and a positive attitude, our team of Ukrainian and American volunteers found it a joy!  You can check out all the fun we had by watching the attached video.

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Ukraine: Orphans, A Disturbing Situation

Ukraine: Orphans, A Disturbing Situation

September 19, 2017

Right now, there are about 750 institutions housing 106,000 orphans in Ukraine, with the majority of them being “social orphans” who were abused or abandoned by their parents and were placed in the care of others.  Every three days an orphan with a disability dies, usually because they don’t get the necessary medical attention. In Ukraine, the orphanage, known as an Internat, is a mixed boarding school for orphans and children from families living in poverty and is a catch-all for children of every background and need.

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Dreams Come True for kids from Shpola Orphanage

Dreams Come True for kids from Shpola Orphanage

August 09, 2017

For the past several years, volunteers from Hope Now have been coming to Shpola orphanage to spend a few days with the children, to get to know them and to bring God’s word to them. These visits have become very special to the orphans and to the volunteers alike. The leaders began to dream about how awesome it would be, to take the children outside of their everyday environment and bring them to Kompas Park, a top-notch Christian camp facility. Then they started talking about this idea together and it was clear that they all had the same desire. Of course, it is easier to reach a destination with others than by yourself. So, the planning the camp of our dreams began.

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Get well soon, Marina

Get well soon, Marina

May 19, 2017

"All that is here is the best of my life! I'm happy that I have so many friends who love and appreciate me and I them! The Lord does everything for me and I remember that! With God it is easier than in a past life!" -- Marina, age 17

A year ago, those thoughts would have never entered Marina's mind. She was a scared, defiant and self-conscious 16 year old, seeking attention from anyone who would give it. She told me "I really want friends, but I am unable to make any." 

Throughout her teen years, I saw how Marina was positioned as an outcast in

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Christian Education Updates

Christian Education Updates

May 08, 2017

As part of our Christian Education program, God has called me to use the connections I’ve made in Ukraine, to link orphans and their families to the local community. So, in addition to our Youth Group for Shpola Orphanage Graduates, I recently invited Sophia Christian School’s theatre group to Shpola Orphanage to get acquainted with the children and staff there. Together, the Shpola kids and Sophia School kids put together a great assembly!

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Update! New Windows Coming soon!

Update! New Windows Coming soon!

March 31, 2017

We had a great day today in Ukraine!  Last month, I introduced you to a widow named Valeria and her two young daughters who stay at Shpola Orphanage.  Today, Inna and I paid another visit to Valeria’s home in Lebedyn. 

This time Pastor Sasha from the local church came with us to measure the window that will soon be replaced. Initially, Valeria didn’t want anyone from the church to help her, as she is currently exploring other beliefs, and has gone away from...

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Some families of orphans can be renewed.

Some families of orphans can be renewed.

February 28, 2017

About 18 months ago when I was at the orphanage, I was shocked to have a lady greet me and start speaking to me in English… and not just a greeting, either. Valeria was obviously a well-educated lady, who could carry on an intelligent conversation in English!

She told me all about her two children, Hima and Ananda whom she had just enrolled at Shpola. She qualified to have her children stay at the orphanage, because she was recently widowed and had moved back to Ukraine from Moldova.

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I'd never been to a Sanatorium before...

I'd never been to a Sanatorium before...

February 17, 2017

When we visited Shpola Orphanage last week, I was shocked to discover that 8 children had been sent to the Sanatorium!

In Ukraine, a sanatorium is a bit like a health spa with medical services. Children who live in an orphanage or who are in foster care, generally qualify to spend a month per year at a sanatorium. Even though they have to go to school throughout their stay, during this time, the hope is that their immune system is strengthened by having extra rest, better food, fresh air and a medical check...

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Let's meet the Pikuyev Kids

Let's meet the Pikuyev Kids

October 03, 2016

On my very first visit to Shpola orphanage, in November 2014, I fell in love with the Pikuyev kids.

That visit was a blur of meeting 170 excited children plus Directors, teachers and caregivers. I didn’t have much time to spend with the children, as I was there to finalize plans for our first summer camp scheduled for the following week. But as I was touring the grounds, I felt hot, sweaty hands gently clutching mine. That’s when I met Dima & Bogdan – two of the Pikuyev brothers – and from then on, they were always at my side...

 

 

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Alina's Opportunity = Plastic Surgery

Alina's Opportunity = Plastic Surgery

September 01, 2016

Imagine being a beautiful, healthy 8-year-old girl with an ugly scar tearing across half of your face. That is our Alina – a lovely and bright girl, who is unable / unwilling to fully smile.

I met Alina at Shpola Orphanage 2 years ago, and have been trying to make her smile ever since. For the past couple of days, she has not stopped! That’s because we have found a plastic surgeon who will perform her facial surgery “completely free of charge.”Even in cases of orphans, there is no such thing as a free lunch, so a donation to the hospital is expected...

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The camp I didn't want to do... Sophia School

The camp I didn't want to do... Sophia School

August 09, 2016

This summer, we worked alongside the only Christian school in Cherkassy, the Sophia School, to put on a week-long English Language Camp for their students. Five years ago, this school grew out of a desire for Christian education and it has struggled, met challenges and grown. To be honest, back in March, when the school’s principal Nataliya Yebutushenko met with me, scheduling another week of summer camp was the last thing I wanted to do.

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