Odessa

Children celebrate International Women’s Day in Odessa!

Women's Day celebrations @ Orphanage #3

Women's Day celebrations @ Orphanage #3

Women's Day performance by the little ones at Orphanage #3

Women's Day performance by the little ones at Orphanage #3!

The boys at Fontanka

The boys at Fontanka celebrated Women's Day with a wind band performance, songs and verses.

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 Uncategorized 181 Comments

“Hats off” to our great donors!

UAC’s Luda Serbina recently gave out warm winter hats and gloves to the children at The Shelter.  “Hats off” to everyone who donated these items!

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Monday, February 22nd, 2010 Uncategorized 78 Comments

Odessa’s cold winter makes these donations invaluable!

2 boys from Fontanka help with boxes of donations
2 boys from Fontanka help with boxes of donations
New coats and backpacks for the boys at Fontanka
New coats and backpacks for the boys at Fontanka
Brrrr!  These new winter hats and gloves will surely be useful.
Brrrr! These new winter hats and gloves will surely be useful.
Warm flannel shirts for the cold winter months
Warm flannel shirts for the cold winter months

A special thank you to Maryanne Olsen and New Hope for Children for making sure the boys at Fontanka stay warm this winter!

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 Uncategorized 221 Comments

Thank YOU for helping us spread Christmas cheer to Odessa’s orphaned and displaced children!

Christmas was a little brighter this year for all of the children that we serve in Odessa!  The smiling faces in these pictures are a result of your care and generosity.  On behalf of all of the children and the entire UAC-Ukraine team, THANK YOU!

Igor played "Santa" at Orphanage #9

Igor played "Santa" at Orphanage #9

Gifts for the little ones at #9

Gifts for the little ones at #9

Kids at Orphanage #34 enjoyed stockings stuffed full!

Kids at Orphanage #34 enjoyed stockings stuffed full!

Kids at #34 received hand-knitted items from Lynette Eads & friends

Kids at #34 received hand-knitted items from Lynette Eads & friends

Children at Alexandrovka received stockings after their Christmas play

Children at Alexandrovka received stockings after their Christmas play

Warm, winter pants

Warm, winter pants

Igor gave out new pajamas

Igor gave out new pajamas which were donated by Deb Fekany and friends!

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This little guy was thrilled to get some new PJs! :-)

New sweaters for girls at the Orphanage for the Blind

New sweaters for girls at the Orphanage for the Blind

Warm sweaters for girls at the Orphanage for the Blind

Warm sweaters for girls at the Orphanage for the Blind

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New sweaters make for big smiles! :-)

Brand new snowboards for the kids at Orphanage #4 thanks to Lucky Bums, Inc.!

Brand new snowboards for the kids at Orphanage #4 thanks to Lucky Bums, Inc.!

Igor delivered new socks and underwear to the boys at Fontanka

Igor delivered new socks and underwear to the boys at Fontanka

Donated stockings brought some Christmas joy to Slobadka

Donated stockings brought some Christmas joy to Slobadka

Christmas at Slobadka

Christmas at Slobadka

Lindsay packed boxes of Christmas donations in the U.S....

Lindsay packed boxes of Christmas donations in the U.S....

...off to Odessa

...off to Odessa

Luda and kids sorted our donations and packed stockings for the children.

Luda and kids sorted our donations and packed stockings for the children.

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Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 Uncategorized 14 Comments

Volunteers nurture the tiniest oprhans at Oblast Pediatric Hospital

While in Odessa, volunteers Kathy Forbes, Neena Griffin, and Sasha Griffin (Neena’s son) visited Oblast Pediatric Hospital with UAC staff members.  At the time there were 5 abandonded infants who were staying in the hospital for care.  One was infected with AIDS, and another was paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury.

One of the 5 abandoned babies staying at Oblast during the volunteers' visit

One of the 5 abandoned babies staying at Oblast during the volunteers visit

UAC staff and volunteers with medical staff at Oblast Pediatric Hospital

UAC staff and volunteers with medical staff at Oblast Pediatric Hospital

A nurse from Oblast with Sasha Griffin, one of UAC's teen volunteers

A nurse from Oblast with Sasha Griffin, one of UAC's teen volunteers

Oblast Pediatric Hospital urgently needs a new air conditioner for the rooms where the orphaned infants are treated.  The cost for the air conditioner is approximately $300.  Please let us know if you can help fulfill this important need!

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 Uncategorized 27 Comments

UAC volunteers spend time with medically needy children from Orphanage #7

Recently UAC volunteers Neena Griffin, R.N., and Kathy Forbes, along with their own teenagers, visited children from Orphanage #7 in Odessa.  This orphanage is home to many medically needy children, including several with cerebral palsy.

The children from Orphanage #7 were very happy to have visitors!

The children from Orphanage #7 were very happy to have visitors!

two boys from Orphanage #7

two boys from Orphanage #7

All of the kids enjoyed socializing with the volunteers

All of the kids enjoyed socializing with the volunteers

Katya is a recent graduate of a specialized secondary school.  We are proud to announce that she will be joining the Scholarship Program and taking vocational school courses to become a seamstress!

Katya recently graduated from a specialized secondary school. We are proud to announce that she will be joining the Scholarship Program and taking vocational school courses to become a seamstress! GREAT JOB, KATYA!

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 Uncategorized 11 Comments

Clara’s most recent trip to Odessa!

Clara is back from visiting all of her children and staff in Odessa!  More details and pictures of her trip to follow, so check back soon!

A touching moment as Luke Pascal plays piano for the nannies who once cared for him as a baby at  Orphanage #3 more than 12 years ago!

A touching moment as Luke Pascal plays piano for the nannies who once cared for him as a baby at Orphanage #3 more than 12 years ago!

Clara's son Luke plays the piano in one of the institutions that we serve

Another shot of Luke playing the piano at Orphanage #3.


Always making the kids smile! :-)

Clara with Scholarship students

Clara with Scholarship students

Party for the graduates!

Party for the graduates!

UAC's Peter Panin, volunteer Susie MacPherson, UAC's Irina Tishchenko, and Clara Pascal

UAC's Peter Panin, volunteer Susie MacPherson, UAC's Irina Tishchenko, and Clara Pascal

Clara with UAC volunteers Susie MacPherson and Kathy Forbes

Clara with UAC volunteers Susie MacPherson and Kathy Forbes

Clara with UAC staff and volunteers

Clara with UAC staff and volunteers

Clara, UAC's Luda Serbina, and volunteer Susie MacPherson

Clara, UAC's Luda Serbina, and volunteer Susie MacPherson

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 Uncategorized 20 Comments

What a great group of Scholarship students we have!

This photo was taken at the last Scholarship Program meeting.

This photo was taken at the last Scholarship Program meeting.

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Friday, June 26th, 2009 Uncategorized 19 Comments

Project Stretch visits Odessa!

Last week Project Stretch dental volunteers Dr. Brookes, Joyce and Elina visited UAC’s institutions in Odessa for the first time!  The team (1 dentist and 2 hygienists) gave dental hygiene lessons to many children in several different orphanages and shelters.  Read on to learn more about the important work they did while in Odessa…

Friday, May 22: Dental hygiene lessons for the children at the Orphanage for the Blind

Dr. Ned brookes (and his dental puppet!)

Dr. Ned brookes (and his dental puppet!)

Elina speaks to the children about how she came to the U.S. from Ukraine when she was 5 years old

Elina speaks to the children about how she came to the U.S. from Ukraine when she was 5 years old

Monday, May 25: Meeting with Dr. Anatoly Gulyuk and visit to the Stomatological Institute

UAC's Luda Serbina, volunteers Elina, Joyce and Dr. Brookes, along with Dr. Anatoly Gulyuk

UAC's Luda Serbina, Elina, Joyce and Dr. Brookes, along with Dr. Anatoly Gulyuk

Tour of the Stomatological Institute

Tour of the Stomatological Institute

Monday, May 25: Dental hygiene lessons at the shelter

Elina speaks to the children at the shelter

Elina speaks to the children at the shelter

The children enjoy dental lessons with stuffed animal demonstrations!

The children enjoy dental lessons with stuffed animal demonstrations!

Project Stretch created dental lessons suitable for even the youngest children!

Project Stretch created dental lessons suitable for even the youngest children!

Elina, Joyce, and Dr. Brookes spend time with the children at the shelter

Elina, Joyce, and Dr. Brookes spend time with the children at the shelter

Tuesday, May 26: The Project Stretch dental team sits in on a dental operation performed by Dr. Gulyuk at the Stomatological Institute.  In the afternoon, they visited and taught dental hygiene lessons at Orphanage #5.

Wednesday, May 27: Visit to Dr. Gulyuk’s private dental clinic

Dr. Brookes, Dr. Gulyuk, Joyce & Elina

Dr. Brookes, Dr. Gulyuk, Joyce & Elina

Joyce and Elina demonstrate their cleaning skills

Joyce and Elina demonstrate their cleaning skills

Dr. Ned Brookes

Dr. Ned Brookes

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Dr. Brookes makes the patient smile! :-)

Wednesday, May 27: Dental hygiene presentations at Orphanage #7

children receive new toothbrushes from Project Stretch

children receive new toothbrushes from Project Stretch

Dr. Brookes hands out toothbrushes to the children at Orphanage #7

Dr. Brookes hands out toothbrushes to the children at Orphanage #7

The children seem to enjoy Elina's creative teaching style!

The children seem to enjoy Elina's creative teaching style!

Joyce spends quality time with a girl at Orphanage #7

Joyce spends quality time with a girl at Orphanage #7

A great big THANK YOU to Project Stretch volunteers Joyce, Elina, and Dr. Brookes for promoting good dental health to our children in Odessa!

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Monday, June 1st, 2009 Uncategorized 16 Comments