Shpola Orphans

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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