Children are the reward of life.
- Congolese Proverb
The shelters are often the first stage for a child to enter the institutional system in Odessa. Children cannot enter an orphanage until their paperwork is in order, and they can spend up to a year at a shelter waiting for this to happen. Once their paperwork is complete they are transferred to the appropriate orphanage—usually #9 for the younger children and #4 or #5 for the older children.
Age Group: 3 years - 16 years
Number of Children: 60
Children that have spent time living on the streets are usually sent to Shelter #2 while their paperwork is processed.
UAC provides the children at Shelter #2 with school supplies, extra food, holiday gifts and more.
Volunteer Linda Terry shares time and hugs with a group of girls at Shelter #2