Archive for November, 2009
In addition to their monthly scholarship, students were happy to receive clothing and toiletry items that had been donated by many generous individuals! Thank you to everyone who has donated items for the Scholarship Program– Your donations put smiles on the students’ faces and make their lives a little brighter!
Scholarship student Larissa Batalova is one of many examples of what students can accomplish through UAC’s Orphaned Teen Scholarship Program! One year ago Larissa graduated from the Art Department of Odessa Teaching University, and recently she received her Certificate of Interior Design. Larissa is now working as a designer at a private firm. UAC congratulates Larissa on all of her accomplishments!
UAC would like to extend a big “THANK YOU” to Colton Shoemaker and friends for arranging a donation drive for the children in Odessa! Colton and his team collected school supplies, toys and clothing, and the children at The Shelter were happy to receive the gifts. Hats off to Colton for his hard work and dedication to the cause!
A small group of boys at Orphanage #4 recently enjoyed the opportunity to take part in a cooking class in the building’s home-ec kitchen. For a while, the kitchen could not be used by the children due to faulty electrical wiring and a lack of cookware and kitchen supplies. Thanks to UAC, these problems have been remedied! Svetlana the home-ec teacher is thrilled to be able to teach the children how to cook– And the children seem equally thrilled to learn! Cooking is an important life skill that children in the orphanages often fail to learn, so we are all excited about the opportunities that the now-useable kitchen at #4 will bring about for the children there!
Participants of the Scholarship Program routinely receive much more than their $50 scholarship each month. UAC works hard to fulfill all of the Scholarship students’ different needs, including medical/dental/optical care, psychological counseling, legal representation, spiritual guidance, school supplies and uniforms, dormitory items, etc. Many of the Scholarship students have no one else to turn to for these requests. Please take a look at the pictures below to see how UAC’s “helping hand” has been at work recently!