Preparing for Easter
Tomorrow is Easter in America! What a wonderful day for us Christians to celebrate the greatest story in history – Jesus’ resurrection from death! In Ukraine and in many other countries around the world, Easter won’t be celebrated for another week, as they follow the Orthodox calendar. However, our family of 14 in Madrid is celebrating tomorrow, so today they were busy coloring eggs. This refugee family was happy to have eggs to color, even though they look much different that the kind they usually made at home in Ukraine.
Khrystos Voskres! Vin voistynu Voskres
Christ is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed! Churches all over the world will be saying these phrases today. In Ukrainian, one says “Khrystos Voskres!” And the reply is, “Vin voistynu Voskres!” Happy Easter to you all!
Happy Easter to our Soldiers
We have many young soldiers in our prayers – kids who we know personally. Many kids who age-out of the orphanage system after 9th grade, join the military. The routine and institutional setting are comforting to kids who have grown up in an orphanage, so it is not unusual that many of our orphan graduates are serving in the defense forces today. Please keep these young souls in your prayers. Especially, Bogdan, Sergi, Roma, Andrei and our dear Rostik who is still missing.
Sharing with Those in Need
Yesterday, our evacuated kids and moms worked hard sorting and packing up donated clothing, and tomorrow this will aid be going deep into Ukraine. Many Romanians have been especially generous and have given a lot of clothes for the refugees coming across the border. There is so much, in fact, that we are now sending the excess into Ukraine. Most people fled the country, with only a few winter clothing items, and now they need spring and summer clothes. Several huge bags have been sorted and gathered up – and this went into Ukraine today, along with food, medicine and other items that we were able to source in Romania, and will deliver into Ukraine.
Ukrainian traditions are Still Alive
Easter would not be the same without traditional Paska, no matter what country a Ukrainian is in. All over Ukraine, and now in Poland, Romania, Moldova, Sweden, the USA – and every other country Ukrainians were evacuated to – Ukrainians who perhaps like Sasha, have never made paska before, will now try to bake this yummy treat. Filled with dried fruits, this soft and not too sweet bread is really delicious. It tastes like Hope.
Also in News
Today, August 24, is Ukrainian Independence Day! This national holiday honors the indomitable spirit of the Ukrainian people and remembers all who’ve given their lives for their country — including those still fighting now. On this day in 1991, Ukraine gained its independence and joined the world stage as a sovereign nation. This year’s Independence Day holds particular significance as the country continues its struggle against the ongoing Russian invasion. Here is the true story of one family who just arrived in America on Sunday, and how they have been spending the past 546 days of the war.
The Last Bell has been rung in Ukraine, and school is officially out for summer! That famous Alice Cooper song is not well known in the orphanage, but nonetheless, children all across the country of Ukraine, those that are now displaced in Europe and in the USA, and indeed those students who switched to online learning in the face of war, are celebrating that school is out for summer! Last week, our kids celebrated Last Bell, complete with 11th grade Graduation and our dedicated team made sure they had an audience! They brought flowers, chocolates, ice creams and most importantly themselves. I hated having to miss Last Bell and celebrating with the children and teachers. I traditionally give an end of year speech, and this year (as last year) Inna had to read my speech at the closing ceremony, in my stead. Here’s what I wrote, and here are some of the gorgeous photos taken that day…
Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor all military personnel who died in the service of our country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs. This Monday, Americans all across our country will have the opportunity to do just that.
Meanwhile, just in the past year, Ukraine has suffered 124,500-131,000 total casualties, including 15,500-17,500 killed in action and 109,000-113,500 wounded in action, according to the document entitled "Russia/Ukraine - Assessed Combat Sustainability and Attrition." And not just on Monday, but on every day in Ukraine, people just like us remember and honor the loved ones who have died these past 457 days defending their country. With your help, Hope Now does whatever we can to help protect Ukrainian lives – civilians and soldiers alike.