Women's Day celebrations @ Orphanage #3
Women's Day performance by the little ones at Orphanage #3!
The boys at Fontanka celebrated Women's Day with a wind band performance, songs and verses.
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!
- 2 boys from Fontanka help with boxes of donations
- New coats and backpacks for the boys at Fontanka
- Brrrr! These new winter hats and gloves will surely be useful.
- 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!
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
Gifts for the little ones at #9
Kids at Orphanage #34 enjoyed stockings stuffed full!
Kids at #34 received hand-knitted items from Lynette Eads & friends
Children at Alexandrovka received stockings after their Christmas play
Warm, winter pants
Igor gave out new pajamas which were donated by Deb Fekany and friends!
This little guy was thrilled to get some new PJs! :-)
New sweaters for girls at the Orphanage for the Blind
Warm sweaters for girls at the Orphanage for the Blind
New sweaters make for big smiles! :-)
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
Donated stockings brought some Christmas joy to Slobadka
Christmas at Slobadka
Lindsay packed boxes of Christmas donations in the U.S....
...off to Odessa
Luda and kids sorted our donations and packed stockings for the children.
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
UAC staff and volunteers with medical staff at Oblast Pediatric Hospital
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!
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!
two boys from Orphanage #7
All of the kids enjoyed socializing with the volunteers
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!
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!
Another shot of Luke playing the piano at Orphanage #3.
Always making the kids smile! :-)
Clara with Scholarship students
Party for the graduates!
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 staff and volunteers
Clara, UAC's Luda Serbina, and volunteer Susie MacPherson
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!)
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, Elina, Joyce and Dr. Brookes, along with Dr. Anatoly Gulyuk
Tour of the Stomatological Institute
Monday, May 25: Dental hygiene lessons at the shelter
Elina speaks to the children at the shelter
The children enjoy dental lessons with stuffed animal demonstrations!
Project Stretch created dental lessons suitable for even the youngest children!
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
Joyce and Elina demonstrate their cleaning skills
Dr. Ned Brookes
Dr. Brookes makes the patient smile! :-)
Wednesday, May 27: Dental hygiene presentations at Orphanage #7
children receive new toothbrushes from Project Stretch
Dr. Brookes hands out toothbrushes to the children at Orphanage #7
The children seem to enjoy Elina's creative teaching style!
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!