Healthcare is a major priority of UAC'S Odessa program. The number of institutionalized children is rapidly rising in Ukraine (there area a reported 55,000 orphaned children nationally). The Odessa region hosts thousands of young people with an overwhelming range of medical needs.
Education is a top priority of UAC Ukraine. Institutionalized children are often left without stimulation in a bleak and hopeless trap. Our UAC Orphaned teen scholarship program is our most ambitious effort to allow orphaned children a chance at a higher education.
Our reconstruction challenges are big in the run down facilities in Odessa. Our first rate reconstruction crew do a great job at renovating these places the children call home. We address the social and emotional stress that institutionalized living creates. We have five different psychologists working part time throughout the institutions, as well as a Pastors, teachers and a Priest from the community.
The social stigma of an “orphan” is a challenge to overcome in Ukrainian society. The bleak economic reality faced by a 17 year old being released from an orphanage is even worse. What do they do? Without help, the scenario is scary. Options include prostitution, crime, drug abuse, or suicide. With no family or stable support system, they have little hope.
Robin's Nest Camp
“Robin’s Nest” Camp was established in loving memory of Robin Elizabeth Pascal in 2003. Robin was dedicated to making the world a better place for underpriviledged children. She was a volunteer in Odessa, working with her children and her sister, Clara Pascal, the Director of Universal Aid for Children’s Ukrainian Programs. Robin’s Nest Camp is a collaboration of UAC Ukraine and the Vineyard Community Church.
Children with Special Needs
UAC Ukraine has a big place in it’s heart for children with special needs. Our goal is to improve the quality of life of these institutionalized children who face many daily challenges. UAC assists these institutions with renovation, equipment, physical therapists, teachers, educational materials, medicine and nutrition.