2004 News Flash

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December:
Due to a tremendous increase in administrative volume, shipping costs from Portland to Ukraine have been raised by $1.00 per box.

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December:
Thanks to Nestle for the donation of jigsaw puzzle chocolate boxes, 61 boxes of chocolate bars and for the money collected to buy a new computer for Orphanage #12.

Your ongoing support of the orphanages is very much appreciated by all.

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December:
From Bogdan:

"Today 90 mattresses were delivered to Orphanage No. 12. I can not tell you how excited the children were! It really became the biggest news at the orphanage and everyone is still talking about it - both the children and the staff. The mattresses are VERY nice. Veneto - the Italian-Ukrainian company that manufactured the mattresses - is the leading producer of mattresses in Ukraine. Their products are known across the country and recommended by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

On behalf of the administration and the staff of Orphanage No. 12 I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this project and made the life of those children so much easier and comfortable.

Despite all the difficulties we have run into during the implementation of the project - the political crisis in the country, the banking crisis, the 15% increase in prices - we have managed to successfuly finish the project. This success wouldn't have been possible without your help. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"



Thanks to all the project contributors and to Bogdan for making it happen in Ukraine. The smiles on their faces show how much your donations mean to the children.

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December:
Thank you to the anonymous donor for his generous donation of 500 to host parties at the Sevastopol Shelter and Orphanage 2.

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December:
Jon reports on the situation at Internat Mykolaivka:

"The Internat is such a depressing place, and is located within a ring of coal-burning power-plants (which is why my sinuses seized up the moment I arrived). The smallest, tiniest thing will make a huge difference here. Money for fruit would be a big deal and it's not that expensive, but they lined up into the hallway and filed in one at a time for an orange and a banana yesterday. And when they tried to open the bananas from the wrong end, I just thought that was the way Ukrainians did it. Their evening meal consisted of some sort of broth with bread and a white-rice goo with a pink Kool-Aid chaser. I know they do the most with what they have here, but we could make it a lot easier (I just realized that might have sounded like pledge week on PBS). Sorry."

"This is a bad situation here. I tend to think in word-pictures, so imagine a very stagnant body of water. Nothing moving - just still and maybe stinky. If you suddenly toss a rock into it, the result is actually a little scary because it's so profound. If we can do anything for this place, and I know we've been working at it for several months, it will make a great difference."

Thank you Jon for the valuable feedback about this orphanage.

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December:
Bogdan writes "Your first name should be Santa. You sure made the girls feel like its Christmas today. To say that Yana and Larissa were excited to get your presents is to say nothing at all. They were SO-O surprised and SO-O happy. They totally did not expect it. They LOVED what you sent - the beautiful boxes for sewing supplies, shampoo, backpacks - EVERYTHING. Larissa was jumping up and down with her new makeup box. You sent so much stuff that when the girls unpacked their boxes they turned my office into a department store. Thanks Stacey. It was wonderful to see the girls so happy.

Yana called me later and talked 30 minutes non-stop about all of the things you sent. She said that Oleg was VERY happy to get the presents. He was even more surprised to get them than Yana. He expected maybe a small gift but not so much stuff. He especially liked the boots (fit him perfectly!), and some other clothes you sent him. Oleg and Yana were so impressed that all of the clothes and shoes were brand new - they had always worn second-hand clothes. Thank you Stacey. You really made those three kids very happy. Not just because of the gifts. You made them feel loved and cared for. THANKS!"



Thanks to Stacey for your generous donations to these Vocational Training Project children.

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December:
Sincere thanks to Abilitations for their donation of development toys and games designed to build fine motor skills in special needs children.

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December:
All of the funds have been raised to purchase new mattresses for the 96 boys and girls at Orphanage #12. Thanks to all who contributed to this wonderful project.

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December:
Jon traveled to Ukraine and visited Internat Mykolaivka.

He reports "We bought 1 overlock/serger, one computerized sewing machine, and one with manual settings, and 3 long extension cords with multi-plugs. These are made by a company called Janome, from Japan and came highly recommended. I'll bet they could use some pinking(sp?) shears and some good scissors. They did specifically ask for bolts of navy blue cloth, not as heavy as denim, and I have no idea what it would be called. They badly need the cloth!"

"I'm going to look for Makita's world web page and see if they have anything that won't require adapters for the woodworking shop. They need 3 skilsaws/circular saws, a miter saw, a table saw, power drills (specified not battery powered), extension cords, and new work tables (about 4). A planer would be nice as well."

Many thanks to Jon and Leslie for their generous donations to this orphanage, as well as for the very necessary feedback on their needs.

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December:
The October project of the month for Nadvirna was a true success realized when the new dryer was purchased and installed in the orphanage. Many thanks to all of the contributors to this project.

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December:
Pine Tree Society will make custom corner chairs that will sit on the ground to allow the special needs children to play, and will strap into a regular adult sized chair at feeding time. They will customize the chair for free, so the the chairs will be $75 each plus $35 for padding and $10 for shipping - for a total of $115 per chair. The chairs will also come with a pummel to go between the legs, straps and a tray. This is an incredible price - we appreciate the society's work tremendously. Thank you to Amanda for arranging this deal, and to her and her parents who have already ordered 5 of the chairs.

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December:
Desperately needed medical equipment was sent off to several orphanages recently. You can see Anatoly sitting in the window where the boxes are processed in the mission, behind the scale. Thank you to everyone for making this possible.

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December:
Just a "few" of the Christmas presents being sent off to the 22 (and growing) orphanages that Life2Orphans supports. Megan's six year old daughter Ali, adopted from Antoshka in March 2000 at the age of 24 months, is helping pack up the presents. Thanks to Ali & Megan for all of their hard work on this project.

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December:
Many thanks to these generous food donors over the year: Anath Qualls, Angela Rene Herzog, Britta Fromow, Caroline McGrath, Carolyn Gleason, Cristin Zlebis, Dana Thompson, David Lesmond, Diane Sitkowski, Drue Henrickson, Gallagher Foundation, Gloria Custodio, Jacqueline Estund, James Lynn, Jeff Starkweather, Jenny Grover, Karen Askenaze, Kelly Smith, Kirsten Southard, Lisa Kroemer, Malea Nicolet, Margaret Studier, Margo Kummer, Marina Pravednikov, Mark Lozano, Marypat Scott, Paola Penazzi, Penny Presley, Riley Drake, Sarah Klingensmith, Stacey Parker, Stephanie Van Zandt, Teresa Lundquist, Tommie Lee Santilli, Valerie Grunsted and Zion Lutheran Church. Your donations have provided for one of the fundamental needs of these malnourished, vitamin-deficient little ones.

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December:
The InterFaith Council in New Albany, Indiana made yet another batch of hats, and ran an ad looking for even more knitters. Many thanks to all involved for their tremendous contributions.

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November:
Many thanks to the following individuals who stepped up to provide food for the children at Green Forest Orphanage: Britta Fromow, Jenny Grover, James Lynn, Paola Penazzi, Penny Presley, Tommie Lee Santilli, Diane Sitkowski, Kelly Smith, Jeff Starkweather, Margaret Studier, Dana Thompson

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November:

A terrible storm hit the Chinadievo Orphanage. All the windows in the orphanage were shattered and the roof was smashed. The orphanage is home to 120 orphans aged 3 to 10 years.

Winter has already arrived in Ukraine and the average temperature in December hovers between 21°F and 29°F maximum (-7°C to -1°C) with 12 days a month of rain and snow. These children are vulnerable to hypothermia and frostbite.

The orphanage director who recently took over from a past corrupt administration and is doing everything she can to rehabilitate the orphanage and care for the children called us and pleaded for us to help.

We successfully raised the $600 urgently needed to fix the damage. Thanks to the 14 donors who made this possible. As always the power of collaboration is evident.

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November: The Shoes for Orphans Souls donation was sorted and mailed out by Linda and her eager group of volunteers. FedEx paid for the shipping from Dallas to Portland, and FedEx employees also volunteered to assist with the sorting. They processed over 200 boxes of brand new shoes, socks and slippers that will be distributed to all of the supported orphanages. Many thanks to Linda, Jeff, FedEx, Lynn, Megan, Angela and all of the orphanage coordinators who will cover the cost of shipping from Portland to Ukraine. This was a tremendous group effort.

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November: News from Diane, "A simple inquiry and the photo of the existing strollers has led to a donation of 5 double strollers for our Baby House and Graco will ship them to Portland for us." Thanks to Graco for the very generous donation, and thanks to Diane as well. The little ones at Kharkiv Baby House #3 will get to enjoy even more healthy outdoor time.

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November: Our two newest vocational students, Lesia Gromnitska and Masha Oschepkivska, have found sponsors. Many thanks to those who are helping out these deserving girls.

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November: Sevastopol couldn't be more pleased with the generous donation of a dryer by Stacey and Dana, and the food supplied by Stacey. Thanks to both of you.

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November: Melissa Jones gathered 29 quilts from her mother's church for shipment to Ukraine and 19 more quilts are on the way. Thanks Melissa - many little ones will stay warm this winter thanks to you.

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November: News from Cristin:

 

Online Auction to Benefit Orphans in Ukraine:
Life2Orphans reps are currently soliciting donations of items to be auctioned off to pay for shipping the Christmas gifts to the orphans in Ukraine. To donate an item to the auction contact Cathryn at Cathryn888@yahoo.com.

Cathryn reports “I just wanted to let you know that we have a lot of work ahead of us to raise the money to ship all of the wonderful donations to their final destinations. I have been contacted by an anonymous donor who has stated that they will donate 50% of our total amount raised by our auction. For example, if we raise 1000, they will kick in another 500 if we raise 2000, they will kick in 1000 and so on. So as you can see, we have even more reasons to make our auction successful.”

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A big thank you to Intel Corp for allowing some of their employees in Portland time off to help sort items for shipping to Ukraine. They were a huge help and now more stuff will get to Ukraine faster. If you live in Portland, we can ALWAYS use your help at the mission warehouse. Contact Megan at life2orphans@verizon.net

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Sveta visited Chinadievo and Svalyava orphanages recently to access their needs. We will have a full report up soon.

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Elizabeth recently updated us on the Kremenchuk Bed Project. Here is what she had to say: Carla and I are trying to raise money for the Kremenchuk Bed Project. (see Sept. newsflash) So far, we have enough to buy 25 new cribs and 10 new toddler beds. We would also like to send new mattresses. If anyone is interested in donating one or more, they are $16. Please let me know so we can place our order soon.

Thanks...
Elizabeth
eagalligan@yahoo.com

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We now have 138 members in the Life2Orphans family all working hard to support the orphans in Ukraine. If you would like to join our group we have a yahoo groups site located here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/life2orphans or you may join from the front page of this website.

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Life2Orphans has signed up to be an affiliate of various online stores, and therefore will get a small percentage of sales from them whenever someone uses a link on this page to purchase items.

Using these links does not cost you anything extra, it just gives Life2Orphans a commission when you purchase something through our link.

Life2Orphans will use the money raised from these purchases to pay for the shipping of items received from corporate donors to the Ukrainian orphanages.

Look for the link on the left titled: "Shop and Support Orphans" to start shopping.

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We are still seeking used Computers to ship to the orphanages in Ukraine. See link on the left to "Cristin’s Computer Project". If you have an item to donate email Cristin at packerpatriot@hotmail.com.

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Christmas Cards and General Occasion cards are still available to purchase. See the link on the left titled “Buy Christmas Cards 2004”.

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October: Faye Denz has been hard at work crocheting hats for the hat project - the pic below shows some of her handiwork. Many thanks Faye for your beautiful contributions.

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October: News from Cristin:

 

Thanks to Lynn and Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls - we have 1000 pairs of shoes, 1000 pairs of socks and almost as many slippers for the orphans in Ukraine.
 

Thank you Kennita and Dorel Juvenile Group for their donations

Thank you Jenny, Natalie & Michelle for backpack donations

Thank you for the Penny (and your school) and the 3 anonymous donors of food for Green Forest Orphanage

Thank you Patie & Project Linus for the donation of 200 blankets

Thank you Kennita for the donation of school supplies

Thank you Stacey and Marina for donation of a Television

Thank you Patie for the donation of a used computer system

Thank you Susan for all the help sorting the Kelly's Kids clothes for shipment to Ukraine.

Thank you as usual to Megan for all her time packing and shipping boxes to Ukraine. 50 more went out this week.

Thank you to Lisa and Uniroyal Tires for donation of 100 soccer balls

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October: The monthly project has reached the goal. Thank you to the various donors,

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October: We have over 120 members now and look forward to growing even more - the true power of collaboration is evident - read about the success of the past 3 monthly projects.

 

15 Oct 2004: October Monthly Project
Lotikovo
And from Stacey our Monthly Project
Co-ordinator and Forrest the Lotikovo Co-ordinator

Hello!

It's time again for another Project of the Month! We have done some amazing projects over the past 3 months and now we are ready for another success.

We are doing a project for Lotikovo Baby Orphanage this month. I will send out one or two updates daily with an amount that has been raised thus far.

Please send me a quick e-mail to saparker1@hotmail (and copy Mitchum@bellsouth.net) to let me know that you are either sending a check or donating via credit card/PayPal. That way we can track how we are doing in raising our goal of $750.

The campaign to raise $750 begins today, Friday, October 15 and completes as soon as we raise $750 or Saturday, October 23.

Forrest and Darcy Ferndon are coordinators for Lotikovo Baby Orphanage and have provided the write-up for this announcement.
 

This announcement has three sections.

I. What is the "Project of the Month"?

II. Announcing the October Project of the Month

III. How to make a donation for October's Project


I. What is the "Project of the Month"?

It is a collaborative to effort to assist a different orphanage each month with addressing an urgent need. By pooling our funds, we are able to make a major impact in the lives of orphans.

 

II. Announcing the October Project of the Month (by Forrest Ferdon)
Lotikovo is an orphanage in the Luhansk oblast. It is in a small village about 25 Km from the city of Luhansk. The director of the orphanage is Inna Pavlovna. Prior to Inna being named as the
director, there was a drunk in charge of the place. This led to the orphanage being run down to a point that little was working and the children were severely neglected. The problem went unnoticed until a few of children died. Inna has worked hard in the few years that
she has been in-charge to get the orphanage up to acceptable level. Needless to say, the local government does not have the money to give her for improvements. She has to ask others for support. 
Life2Orphans has been very proactive in helping this orphanage out.

We made a visit to the orphanage in June of this year and saw the results of her labor. They now have reliable heat in winter.
Several rooms have been painted, wallpapered, and new flooring put down. This was all done by the caregivers on staff. Recently, we have given them money to retile the walls in the milk kitchen as the health department wanted to shut down the milk kitchen as unsanitary. Many in Life2Orphans have donated food, clothing, toys, and diapers for this orphanage. Their support is greatly appreciated. However, there is still a great need for the repair and replacement of many items at the facility. We cannot fix everything overnight, but we would like to help them purchase new cribs and do some of the more urgent repairs. The cribs they have now have been there since the orphanage opened almost 25 years ago.
Laminate is missing. Real wood surfaces are jagged and splintered.
They pose a danger to the kids using them. Bathtubs have porcelain that is eroded and chipped. The bottle washers have died, and they are taking up valuable floor space that could be used for a stainless steel sink to wash the bottles in. If we all pitch in, we can help these kids enjoy life a little more!!!

 

(see photos below)

III. How to make a donation for October's Project.

1) By check – send it to this address and note on the
check `Lotikovo Project of the Month':

Life2Orphans

c/o Megan Fordenbacher

11876 NW Tyler Court
Portland, Oregon 97229

2) By e-Check or Bank Account Transfer and note in the Special
Instructions `Lotikovo Project of the Month':

http://www.life2orphans.org/help_online_donations.htm

3) By credit card and note in the Special Instructions `Lotikovo
Project of the Month':

http://www.life2orphans.org/help_online_credit.htm .

 

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Order your Christmas Cards Here These pictures were drawn by orphans in several of the orphanages in Ukraine that Life2Orphans supports.

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Kelly's Kids:

Take a look at the photos from Susan's Packing Party - sorting and boxing 15,000 Kelly Kids clothing items.

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September: Thoughts from Cara-Donne who returned this week from a 10 day trip to the orphanages: "Internat Myko: My general impression - All children are 1-2 sizes behind our children at home. 13-15 yr old girls are only about 5ft to 5' 3" and 75-100 lbs - largest boy at Myko was about 5' 5" and 17 yrs old and weighed about 110."

Cara is the Internat Mykolaivka co-ordinator.

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September: Thanks to Patie for arranging a donation of 50 beautiful quilts from Project Linus.

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September: Thanks to Atid Hayeladim for their $1000 donation to Boyarka for a physiotherapy facility.

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September: Thanks to Carla for arranging a donation from Medela, Inc. Thank you Sharon for your kind donation of 10 Haberman Feeders for orphans with Cleft Lips and Palates at the Kremechuk orphanage.

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September: We are collecting funds to buy school lunches for the orphans at Children's Hope. $5 a month provides a child with much needed nutrition. Please contact Michelle for further details.

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September: We have over 100 members now and look forward to growing even more - the true power of collaboration is evident - read about the success of the past 3 monthly projects. We look forward to the next monthly project. Thanks Stacey for running the monthly project and thanks to all the individual contributors who made this possible.

A collaborative monthly initiative to meet the most urgent needs.

29 Sep 2004: Monthly Project Update
Nadvirna
The September project of the month raised money to purchase an industrial sized dryer for the Nadvirna orphanage. They do not have a dryer and have to hang dry all of their clothing and linens for the 80 babies and children aged 0-5 that live in this orphanage. Nadvirna has been without a dryer for quite some time and now that winter is approaching they are in dire need of one. Their laundry room is not all that big and they will need to dry mountains of clothes and linens indoors. Thank you to all that contributed to make a difference at Nadvirna.

2 Sep 2004: Monthly Project Update
Children's Hope Laundry
July was our first monthly project. Thanks to Stacey who initiated and runs this project. We raised money to buy a much-needed washing machine and tumble dryer for the shelter in Kyiv and give the laundry room a facelift. Thanks to the many individuals who made this possible.
Chairs for the Mission School
August was our the back-to-school month and we bought 70 foldable chairs. Again thanks to the many individuals who made this possible - the power of collaboration is evident.

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September: Cara and Sveta are near to the end of their exhausting humanitarian trip to Kramatorsk, Slavyansk, Odessa and Kyiv - we look forward to hearing more about the trip when they return.

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September: We have received a donation of 845 pairs of shoes from Shoes for Orphan Souls - thank you Shaun, Tiffany and all the other Shoes for Orphan Souls contributors. Thank you to Mindi and her group in Texas for their kind offer to sort the shoes and ship them to Portland. And thanks to Megan and the Portland team who will be shipping these onwards. And to Angela who keeps track of the admin and money! The shoes will be distributed to several orphanages.

Shoes from our last distribution of Shoes for Orphan Souls!

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September: Sevastopol Shelter

To Life2Orphans

Dear friends, With all our hearts we want to thank you, for your help, support and warmth which can not be underestimated. We are very grateful for your collaboration. The kids were thrilled to receive the presents. Many of them would never expect other people to be so generous and genuine to them.

All the kids who reside in the shelter got a present they liked. Some of them wanted a toy, others a pair of shoes, some clothing, a bar of soap or a bottle of shampoo. Everyone has picked something he or she liked. Thank you!

It’s so touching to see that there are people who care for the kids who under different circumstances found themselves in the street, far away from their homes and parental love and care.

We thank you for your contribution to upbringing the younger generation, and greatly appreciate your support of our efforts to change the lives of those, who will come to take our place tomorrow. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and care.

It’s so pleasant to see kids learning how to be kind, something that they will never learn living in the streets. We can’t take away their right to enjoy parties, work, and their unique life itself.

Thank you again for your kindness, understanding and mercy.

Kind regards, The director of the shelter Podolinnaya T.G.

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September: Kristina from Children's Hope writes:

Hello dear Megan, Lynn, Michelle and all sponsors! It's privilege for me to be part of your organization "Life to orphans". Now I am sending to you pictures we took when we were opening boxes with children. We are thankful so much to everybody who takes part in it! Each parcel is made with a such big love! Each sponsor were buying things like for their own children. And this is very encouraged for us and for children. Children used to wear old cloths and now they have new cloth and it they own. Never our children had such many beautiful things! They are not look like orphans. You can not see their faces when they were opened the boxes---so much smiles, so much happiness, so much "wow"... And this is because you hard work, your big heart, your compassion and your unbelievable love to Ukrainian children! Thank you! God will reword you, His blessing upon your families, your children!

The first 10 pictures children are with books, games, toys. Underwear and socks are also very important. In the middle me and our worker Yuri (he is a teacher of sport and computer club and always helping me with work with you) are giving out the things. Sweets---how children like to eat the candies, cookies you sent! They all waiving to you and sending big hello and thank you to you!

Thank you very much! With big love---Kristina

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September: Read about 2 of the Kharkiv orphanages that we have just added. §  Green Forest Orphanage § Kharkiv Slinko Street

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August: The Kremenchuk orphanage report that they load 6 or 7 babies in the quad stroller and that is much used and appreciated.

This orphanage is in need of cribs and beds. If you would like to contribute please contact Elizabeth at eagalligan@yahoo.com

They need:

Thank you Carla and family for your generous donation of 17 cribs.

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August: Thank you to McDonald's, Robin and Galya for the party at the Sevastopol shelter - a great way to start the year.

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NEWS FLASH - AUGUST 15 - 29 2004 - News Report by Sharon

Although Life2Orphans is dedicated to bettering the lives of the orphaned children in Ukraine, we are also aiding children and families in need outside the orphanages.  We shipped a wheelchair to a CP child - daughter of a caregiver at Lotikovo - whose husband  abandoned her when she kept the child.  Thanks to Amanda, Megan, Cara and Forrest for making this possible.

Our August project of the month will benefit a school in Alydreva .  This month we are purchasing 70 chairs to go with the tables that have already been donated. This means these children will not have to sit on the floor to do their work at school.

Many Life2Orphans members united to make sure some of the boxes of goods that were already purchased would make their destinations to the various orphanages. Also, Sherry was able to ship all of those shoes she managed to get donated with the help of Stacey, Maryann and Cathy.

Megan went on a much needed vacation from August 20 thru August 29, and Ukraine celebrated there first 13 years of Independence on August 24.We welcomed Nelly Margaret - Liz's new daughter into the L20 family, and Gayla delivered 7 boxes of goods to Sevastopol, including 2 for Angela's 2 sponsored kids. A party for the kids will be held on Aug. 30.

We got a preliminary report from Tony and Sveta's tour of Kharkiv's orphanages along with some disturbing pictures of clearly malnourished babies.

Cara was able to join Megan and Summer at the mission for a day of packing boxes.

Lynn met with the director of a company that does public health projects in various countries including Ukraine. He was able to provide us with connections in Kiev.

The Christmas project continues and Internat Mykolaivka has now been taken care of. Remember to get you gifts and donations into the mission by October 1 in order to make it by Christmas.

Along with all of the other wonderful things that Kennita does, she has also offered to maintain a file in the file cabinet of the Yahoo Group to share ideas on donations and fund raisers.

Thanks to Cara for bringing to light the need that our older girls have for sanitary supplies.  We are now in the process of deciding whether to try to provide disposable or washable products. Pricing is in progress.

Thank you Cristin for getting an overseas army unit interested in helping collect toys for Christmas. 

Mindi continues to keep us informed of ways to save money, or earn dollars for shipping expenses.

Shop at igive.com  http://www.igive.com/html/refer.cfm?causeid-29052

Some opportunities to help right now:

All donations are happily received.

If you want to improve your knowledge of Ukrainian geography, try this link:  http://infoukes.com/ukremb/mappuzzle.html

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August: Thank you to the various volunteers who will be taking on new roles - Susan, Lisa, Sylvia, Mary and Kennita. Angela will be publishing an updated list of Who's Who soon.

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August: Thank you to the families who sent money to buy gifts for the kids at Children's Hope.

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August: Thank you John for your generous contribution of washable diapers.

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August: Thank you to the 2 anonymous donors for the dryer for the Sevastopol shelter.

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2 Sep 2004: Monthly Project Update
Children's Hope Laundry
July was our first monthly project. Thanks to Stacey who initiated and runs this project. We raised money to buy a much-needed washing machine and tumble dryer for the shelter in Kyiv and give the laundry room a facelift. Thanks to the many individuals who made this possible.
Chairs for the Mission School
August was our the back-to-school month and we bought 70 foldable chairs. Again thanks to the many individuals who made this possible - the power of collaboration is evident.

 

 

 

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August 1, 2004 - August 14, 2004 - News Report by Sharon

We are now 85 members strong and sponsoring 12 orphanages and 1320 children in the Ukraine.

Three new technical students from Orphanage #12 have been sponsored and can look forward to a more prosperous and productive life.

Sveta visited 7 orphanages this month in the Kharkiv region. She will return on Monday, August 16, to process the information from the tour and share her findings with us. She will then be travelling to Kramatorsk/Slavyansk to visit 4 orphanages and seek out 4 biological families.

Dana left for the Ukraine on August 14, with many gifts, packages and letters for our Ukrainian friends and children. We wish him well and wait for his return and the stories he will share.

We now have a coordinator for our fire prevention program. Thank you Cara-Donne...Firefighter Extraordinary. We will be looking to collect smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and batteries.

Lynn and Megan have been able to put together and ship a complete computer to Sveta. This is something that Sveta has needed and will make it easier for Sveta to stay in contact with everyone in Ukraine and across the seas.

Many wonderful blankets have come into the mission and shoes, shoes shoes. We have enough shoes for Internat Mykolaivka. We always need shoes, so keep them coming.

Christmas project: It is not necessary to wrap presents going to orphanages, but is okay to do so. If wrapped, please note if it is for a boy or girl, the age group and which orphanage you wish the gift to go to. Suggestions for buying Christmas gifts on line from Mindi and Jon are to ship directly to the Portland warehouse where Megan will repack and ship.

www.mindi.com/l2oxmas.htm

Christmas boxes for your sponsored children must be in Oregon by October to arrive in Ukraine by their Christmas. Megan and Lynn have been preparing Barbie dolls and outfits and accessories to go to Internat Mykolaivka for the girls. Thanks Robin for your generous donation of over 60 gifts and Anon for your ongoing support and Xmas gifts. Any questions pertaining to Christmas shipments, please contact Jon Brasher.

Continuing Needs: We have a college student needing sponsorship. Read more about the students.

Nadvirna needs medical equipment and vitimans as do all of our orphanages.

Food project: Did you know you could feed an infant for a month for the cost of a lunch at a fast food restaurant or a cup of coffee and a bagel? $5 a month buys a baby supplementary feeding for a month. You can contribute in any of the following ways:

  1. By check – you can write monthly, quarterly or a yearly check to feed a baby and send it to this address:

 

Life2Orphans

c/o Megan Fordenbacher

11876 NW Tyler Court
Portland, Oregon 97229

 

  1. By PayPal – you can send money from your checking or savings account directly to Life2Orphans by going to www.PayPal.com and sending money to Life2Orphans at e-mail address life2orphans@bellsouth.net .

 

  1. By Credit Card – you can set up a monthly recurring debit to your credit card, or do one time payments to Life2Orphans at this website:

http://friendsfund.org/m4/default.asp

 

Anyone wanting to submit content, stories, etc. for News, Reflections, Urgent needs...please submit to Lynn at lynnk@life2orphans.org 

We are also looking for people to share some of the administrative duties of L2O. If interested, please contact Lynn at the above addy.

The L2O community has been "sharing ideas" for things to donate and ways to help our orphanages and children.

Check out http://www.freecycle.org which is a network made up of local branches throughout the U.S. where people getting rid of something post it...and people who want the items then collect them. You may also use this site to post items you want.

When shipping boxes to the mission, you must use the shipping form if you want a tax receipt.

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August: XMAS 2004 NEWS:

Please take a look at our Christmas page.

You can shop online at Amazon www.mindi.com/l2oxmas.htm – This is a link to the Life2Orphans Christmas wish-list.

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Shipping Tips to Portland:

Sherry reports: I use Fedex Ground to ship to Oregon. They have dropoff points in many Kinko's copy stores. Their prices are the best - about 35% less than UPS.

Stacey reports: I signed up online with www.fedex.com  and created my own account. I get a 10% discount if I create my own shipping labels and print them out on copier paper. I drop the boxes off at Kinko's (most have FedEx desks) and my credit card gets billed automatically when the boxes are scanned by FedEx.

Kennita reports: I have been shipping through DHL - and just shipped a 25lb box for $16 - from Indiana to Portland --- But I print my own labels and drop the box off at a drop off center (office max) -- It saves $3 per box to drop it off rather than have them pick it up.

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August: The following urgent needs were met.

Sevastopol Shelter

Prevail IB Full-Mat Adult Briefs - Case of 96
Prevail IB Full-Mat Adult Briefs - Case of 96
Prevail All Nites Youth - Medium - Case of 76
Ship to the following address:
Nazarene Ministry of Help
Victor Vityukov/Megan Fordenbacher
Life2Orphans
5805 SE Gladstone
Portland, Oregon 97206

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Sevastopol Photo Gallery

July 2004 - Help an Orphan Project takes effect.

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July 21st, 2004 - News Report by Sharon

Welcome new members Dana, Robin, Britta and Nellie and her husband.
 
This week has been very successful in our mission to help make the lives of orphans in Ukraine a little better. 
 
Due to the collaborative efforts of a few, all of the children in Sevastopol will be sleeping better. They will all receive NEW mattresses, bedcovers, sheets, warm blankets and schoolbags with supplies. And for the sweet tooth, bags of candy.  Thanks to all who participated in this not so small project.
 
Soccer Balls:  Looks like each boy living at Internat Mykolaivka will have his own soccer ball this Christmas, as will many more children in our orphanages throughout the Ukraine.
 
Our Project of the month got off to a great start. July's project was to purchase and install a new washer and dryer for Children's Hope. All of the money ($670.00) was raised before the 7 day deadline.  Since there were people who wanted to make further contributions, we were able to add paint for the laundry room, a table to fold clothes on and clothes lines for the clothes that don't fit in the dryer. Pictures will be forthcoming.
 
Jon's Christmas webpage can be found at: www.brashermedia.com/l2o.html

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July 14th, 2004 - News Report by Sharon

Lots of "Good Stuff" going on this week.
 

Mindi had an interesting experience while purchasing shoes for $1.00 a piece in a shoe store. The clerk found it amusing that Mindi was trying to buy shoes for 200 kids, while a fellow shopper offered to donate lots of shoes to the cause.

Elizabeth discovered that spreading the word can make a difference. While shopping at St. Vincent DePaul this week, she walked away with a car load of donations for our kids.

Megan reminded us that just because a baby with chubby cheeks looks well fed, beneath those layers of clothes we find distended stomachs, skinny limbs and rickets. We need to help our children get enough to eat.

On a not so happy note this week, Lynn shared a portrait of Torez, an institution which houses special needs children.  Special needs children living in our baby houses who do not get adopted end up here. The survival rate is frightening, and we must do all we can to spread the word to prospective adoptive parents.  For more information see: http://www.ukraine.kachelman.com/Fall%202003/Photos/fall03photo_05.htm

Gayla sent a message to all Help an Orphan sponsors:  "Don't send conditioner, as no one in Ukraine uses it".  Thanks Gayla for the info.

We received great news from the NAC this week.  Both Stacey and Michelle have been approved and will travel soon.  Congratulations to both...we wish you an uneventful trip, and a speedy return with the children who have picked you to be their forever families.

Thank you Scott and Amy Magruder for sponsoring our Olya and Sergey's vocational training.  You have made a difference in the lives of two deserving young people.

A reminder went out this week to all sponsors of the Help an Orphan group, that our sponsored children may at any time be adopted into new and loving families. Remember that this event is one to rejoice...regroup...and find another orphan to sponsor.

Forrest provided 2 great links this week for Ukrainian maps and intro to the Russian Language.

Map:  http://www.lemko.org/atla.html     

Intro to Russian: http://langintro.com/rintro/index.htm

The Christmas Project is actively collecting gifts and will do so throughout August. Shipment is scheduled for the first of September. We are in need of  large donations of toys and gifts.  Contact Robin and/or Jon if you know of someone interested in donating.

ART WORK FOR SALE:  Thank you Lisa and Mindi for buying art painted by the kids at Children's Hope. 

The PROJECT OF THE MONTH was launched and has already had participation pledged.  The actual project that we will complete this month will announced soon.

Lynn has updated the web page again, including: Who we are, News Flash, Urgent Needs has added a link for diapers for larger kids

The CH kids were back briefly from camp in the Crimea and are off again for another holiday before school starts. Sponsors boxes will be opened when they return.

Mary was busy getting L2O information out to the public, and has had a good response.

Jon found an unlikely donor of gently used clothing (mostly jackets) as son David's school in the lost and found department.

Robin's family story was published in the Star Tribune. www.startribune.com

Gayla reported that three of our children (siblings ) from Sevastopol have been transferred to a regular orphanage and there is a family who wants to adopt them.

Scissors and pencil sharpeners have been recommended for inclusion in the school supplies sent by sponsors. Also, as many of our children have been traumatized they are wetting the bed at night. Plastic bed sheets and large sized diapers are also good items to include in you boxes.

Megan put out a recent request for volunteer help in packing boxes.  So far Cara, Stacey, Cissy and Angela are all going to help. Thanks so much!!!

 

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July 7th, 2004 - News Report by Sharon

Welcome to Dean who is sponsoring one of our college students.

Take a look at Eric Cable's poignant professional photos of the plight of the children of Ukraine: www.profilephoto.net/ukraine/index.htm

Just a reminder: When sending items to your sponsored child at Children's Hope remember that they are living in a Fundamentalist Christian home. If you are not sure about the article you would like to send, feel free to run it past the list members as there has been lots of discussion about what is or isn't appropriate.

Galya tells us that the Ukrainians enjoy mild summer weather between May and September, so feel free to send swim wear and water toys.

Remember that the children in the orphanages often suffer from malnutrition. When putting boxes together for the orphanages, or for your own sponsored child, consider sending multi-vitamins. It's pretty much the consensus of those who have visited the orphanages that the basic diet among all of the orphans is some type of gruel, bread and sweet tea.

If you are interested in sending money directly to Sveta or Galya, contact Megan and she will be able to set up a transfer of funds for you. The more money that is sent, the cheaper the transfer fees are. Pooling of money is an advantage.

There has been some discussion off line this week about how we can pool our resources; both brain power and financial support, to complete a project a month. More information to follow.

Take a look at Leonya's birthday, sponsored by Esme, Lynn's mother. Refreshments and treats for this party were purchased in country for $20.00. Thank you Gayla for taking the festivities to the children of Sevastopol. A complete article and photos can be found in the Reflection page.

Lynn has offered to change anyones individual L20 emails to a one summary digest per day. Contact her if you are interested.

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Gammy's Gift Hat Project: The goal is to crochet hats for every child in the Life2Orphans
orphanages - over 1320 children. To date, hats have been handmade with love for 140 children.

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July: Shoes, clothes, toiletries, school supplies and so on for Internat Mykolaivka - thanks Sharon, Sherry, Mindi, Lynn, Angela, Jon, Melanie, Ira, Anon and others.

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July: Due to popular demand we will issuing a limited number of prints of the art from the Children's Hope Rehabilitation Center. Thanks Cissy and Robin for your interest.

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July: Thanks Mindi and Lisa for purchasing the art from the kids at the Children's Hope Rehabilitation Center. The $200 will be used to fund art supplies and shipping of donations to the Children's Hope Rehabilitation Center.

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July: Thanks Anon. for the boxes of donations you are sending to the Sevastopol shelter and Children's Hope Rehabilitation Center.

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July: Thanks Mindi for the 20 mattresses for the Sevastopol shelter.

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July: We have sponsors for 9 vocational students and 6 college students. Thank you to the various families for their support.

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Shop at Amazon and Earn Life2Orphans Shipping Money

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect-home/wwwlife2ororg-20

We have just signed up to be an affiliate on Amazon.com and will get a small percentage of sales from them whenever someone uses the below link to purchase items.  Using the below link does not cost you anything extra, it just gives Life2Orphans a “commission” of sorts when you purchase something through our link.  Life2Orphans will be using the money raised from Amazon.com purchases to pay for shipping of items to the Ukrainian orphanages that we receive from corporate donors.

A note from Melanie and Angela:

If you have kids in diapers or are using pull-up type training pants, Amazon.com's Health and Beauty section has THE best prices on diapers and disposable training pants.

It's $7.49 for a pack of Huggies Pull-Ups: they cost $8.99 at our local Target (cheapest place in town).
If you buy 4 packs on Amazon.com, you go over the $25 free shipping amount, so for $29.96 I just got four packs delivered to my door.
Of the $29.96 that we spend, Life2Orphans gets % of that total. I never thought that buying diapers would pay for shipping boxes to Ukraine :-)

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June 30, 2004 - News Report by Sharon

Our numbers are growing, we are now 75 members strong.  Welcome to our new members.

Please contact Angela for an updated membership directory.

Thanks to Lynn who has also made some great new changes to our website, and added lots of new information and links to our website.  Take a look at the new Reflections page, and the additions of many new pictures from the May/June trip.  You will love seeing the kids with previous donations as well as the completed kitchen project in Roschitsa.

A reminder - you do not need to include mailing labels for the orphanages and shelters that we support directly. These labels are premade at the Portland mission.

The Christmas 2004 project is making progress and toys are already coming in.  Jon and his group are working on acquiring wood working sets for the children at Internat Mykolaivka.

We still have several children on our list from orphanages we are supporting who still need sponsors. Do you know an individual or an organization who would like to make a real difference in a young life? Contact mlreynolds@comcast.net.

A list from www.friendsfund.orgof very good buys:

The items are bought locally (Ukraine) and take 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Be on the lookout for the professional photos that are coming soon from Eric Cable.

There has been lots of discussion on interesting and different ways we can support the Internat Mykolaivka.

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From Angela: Olga is one of the children my family is sponsoring through the vocational training project. She has just finished her Accounting Coursework and has been hired as a shop assistant at a local market!  Yeah! Thanks Galya for making this all possible :)

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Cristin - a picture tells a thousand words - thank you.

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Kids at Internat Mykolaivka receiving gifts during the trip in May.

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June: Thank you Kennita for your amazing donation - the love is evident!

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Use this link to purchase items:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect-home/wwwlife2ororg-20

We have just signed up to be an affiliate on Amazon.com and will get a small percentage of sales from them whenever someone uses the below link to purchase items.  Using the below link does not cost you anything extra, it just gives Life2Orphans a “commission” of sorts when you purchase something through our link.  Life2Orphans will be using the money raised from Amazon.com purchases to pay for shipping of items to the Ukrainian orphanages that we receive from corporate donors.

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June: Come and sign our guest book.

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June: Various families have sent donations for Internat Mykolaivka. Thank you Melanie, Sherry, Angela, Sharon, Lynn, Anonymous Donor, Jon, Robin. The 220 kids at this Internat desperately need our help. Read more about our visit in May.

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June: We now have 6 students with college sponsors. Thanks to the various families. The following 4 students still need sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring these students ($80 a month) please contact Angela at life2orphans@bellsouth.net.

 

ROMAN MISYUK

Roma was born in the city of Zaporizhzhia, on April 4th, in 1985. His parents passed away. First, Roman attended the Berdyans’k Boarding School. During his schooling, Roma played sports, and took part in amateur art activities. He was also a member of the young boys’ youth group entitled “Young Sailors”. After graduating from the boarding school, Roma began attending a vocational school. In 2002, Roma left the school in order to attend the Kyiv Financial and Economic College.

 

 

SERGEIJ UKHAN’

Serhij was born on March 5th, 1985, in the village Menzhinske, in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. When his parents were declared unfit to raise him, Serge was sent to a boarding school. Soon after, he was transferred to the Nikopol Boarding School where he took an active part in school amateur art activities. After his graduation, Serge entered the Metalogical Academy of Ukraine. Serhij is a steady and composed person who devotes much of his time to studying. He is keen in football.

 

 

Maria Chervonenko

Maria was born on October 10th, 1985, in the town of Dubijivka, located in Cherkassy oblast. Her mother was deemed an unfit parent and was stripped of her parental rights. Maria’s father’s whereabouts were never known. In 1992, Maria began her stay at the Kaniv Boarding School for Orphans during which she assigned a lot of time to sports such as volleyball, European football, tennis, and checkers. For her successes at school, Maria received many awards, including a trip to Germany in the third grade, which sparked in her an interest in the German language. In grade 11, she entered The Kaniv General Middle School №1 in order to learn German. After graduating from Middle School, Maria decided to further pursue her German studies at the Philology Department of the Kyiv National Linguistics University. Maria dreams of putting her talents and capabilities to good use; she dreams of helping people in her immediate surrounding. Maria hopes to prove herself as a good human being.

 

NADIA JEMENETS

Nadia was born on August 22nd, in 1983, in the city of Obuhov, in the Kyiv Oblast. When her parents’ right to her were annulled, Nadia began her stay at various establishment for orphans around Ukraine. She began her new life in the children’s home “Voloshka”, located in the city of Bila Tserkva. After her term there, she was transferred to the Trypil Boarding School. After 9 years of hard work, Nadia was rewarded with a diploma for excellent studies. Along with studying, Nadia was also interested in dancing and singing. She also took part in many different contests. In 2003, friends advised her to enter the Buchansk Boarding School. Upon graduating from high school, Nadia enrolled at the Inter-regional Academy of Staff Management. Since 2002, she has been attending courses in church “Naisvyatishe Sertse Isusa” (“The Saint Heart of Jesus”). She claims these courses changed her nature for the better. She is very assiduous, and believes that despite her meager beginnings, she has been able to achieve a lot in life. She regards herself as the happiest person alive.

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June: NEW PROJECT: Vocational Training:

If you adopted from Ukraine have you ever wondered what might have happened to our son or daughter if they had remained in the orphanage system? Orphans are released at age 16 or 17, and are left to fend for themselves. With no family, skills or financial means it is inevitable that these children either become victims of crime or turn to crime to survive. “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”—Author unknown

It costs $30 per month to sponsor a child who has “graduated” through the orphanage system to go to a trade school or specialized classes.

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June: We need 14 more Help an Orphan sponsors: Requirement to send a minimum of 2 boxes of items per year to your child who currently lives in an orphanage.  You are also required to send letters with each box and the child writes you back so there is a fairly high level of interaction with the child.  You also get digital, online pictures of the child receiving the items you sent.  Michelle is in charge of this program and has the list of names of available children.

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June: Take a look at pictures from the Coca Cola and McDonald's parties.

Children's Hope Photo Gallery

May 2004

Roschitsa Photo Gallery

May 2004

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June: Thanks too to Natalie (4 of her 12 grandchildren have been adopted from Ukraine!).

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June: Sveta has broken her leg. We are all thinking of you! Once Sveta is back on her feet she will be visiting 5 orphanages in the Kharkiv area.

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June:  Thank you Lisa and team at Tatiana and Company www.tatianashowroom.com for the fabulous Kissy Kissy donation of over 2000 items. Your ongoing support has been wonderful. See more pictures of the children using Kissy Kissy donations and in the Antoshka Photo Gallery:

February 2004 - These pictures were taken on a follow up visit - after Life2Orphans provided significant donations and "Wishing on an Angel" Xmas 2003.

May 2004 - These pictures were taken on a humanitarian needs assessment trip - after Life2Orphans provided significant donations.

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June: Thanks to Jon and his team for kick starting the Xmas 2004 drive.

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June: Welcome to several new members. The strength of the group and the results are a result of the collaboration. Thanks to each and every one.

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June: Thank you Sherry for the donation for Internat Mykolaivka. The 220 kids there desperately need our help.

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June: We have added more exciting products for the orphanages only to the online store. http://www.friendsfund.org. Click on Sponsorship to select an orphanage.

In addition to the over 1000 regular items, you can now buy:

Please contact us to add other bulk products that interest you.

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June: Thanks to the various food donors who have been using the online food store to send food donations to various orphanages.

Visit www.friendsfund.org, a USA-based online food store that  enables you to order over 1000 food and household items and have them delivered to any address in Ukraine. Your purchase is considered a donation for tax purposes and you will receive a non-profit receipt. For instructions on how to send food to the orphanages click here.

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June: We have 2 more sponsors for the HUHTC Scholarship Project. Read about the 6 students who still need sponsors.

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Gammys Gift Project has gone to New Zealand. A lady in New Zealand is interested in helping with the project and this is what she wrote: "It has got me thinking about the Grammy Hat Project. I'm going to put a notice up in the library suggesting that people donate a hat, or money to send or purchase hats, as a memorial to their loved-ones."

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A big thanks to North Fulton Mothers of Multiples club for donating from their Spring Consignment sale. Among various other things they donated 3 double strollers 2 exersaucers, 1 playyard, 260 pair of socks, 30 pair of slippers, 9 pair of tights, 133 onesies, 3 mobiles, 1 vibrating bouncy seat, 2 activity gyms, 96 pair of shoes, and 177 items of clothing.

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Thanks also to “Kidstuff and More” Consignment Sale for donations from their Spring Consignment sale. • They donated - 18 pair of shoes, 3 puzzles, 8 misc. toys, bucket of legos, small puppet theater, 5 books, 2 crib mirrors, 89 items of clothing

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May: Megan purchased curtains, rods, cubbies in bathroom for little ones and repairs of the bathroom for her daughter's Groupa #5 at Antoshka. As always you are amazing!

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News from Our Trip (Megs, Lynn, Kathy, Ira, Anton, Sveta, Galya)

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday to Sunday

Monday to Thursday

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Thanks Cissy, Sylvia, and Jon for their help on the Xmas project. I’m sure you guys will be very busy.

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May: Lynn bought a refrigerator for Antoshka and $100 to Roschitsa for their 2 June party while in Ukraine. Thank you!!

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May: Kelly's Kids got word to Cissy Chollett that they are hiring a trucking company to transport 50 boxes... amounting to 15,000 pieces of brand new clothes for Ukraine. Way to go Cissy!!!!!

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May: Thanks to Robin and her family for donating money for a party at the orphanage in Sevastopol. And thanks to Galya for arranging it. I’m sure those kids will be very excited and extremely happy. We look forward to seeing lots of pictures.

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May: Angela would like to remind everyone about the timeline for shipping items for Christmas. Please get your packages in early—preferably August or September.

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May: Thank you Christine for collecting things from your Lou Gehrig’s benefit. Tell your husband thank you for letting you use the garage. We will be excited to hear how much you collect!

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May: Thank you too Cristin for the boxes you sent from your parents house. A lot of orphanages will be happy.

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May: "I want to express my gratitude for all those who have been helping for a
while. Our son, Jonathan, was almost 20 lbs. at 18 months and very
healthy. We saw and played with the Little Tikes toys and ball pit that
were donated. I know food had to be sent to help him for him to have been
so healthy. We were a family that was touched by the donations of people
and we are very thankful. Other people helped my son when I could not yet
do it. Thank you!"
Lisa
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May: A further 10 children will be available for the Help an Orphan program in September. Please contact us to sponsor a child.

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May: Sveta will be visiting Kharkiv soon to assess 5 orphanages. Thanks to the families who are sponsoring her trip.

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May: Cristin (and friends) packed and sent an amazing 41 boxes of donations from the Netherlands. This is absolutely fantastic! The donations will be going to: Children’s Hope, Boyarka, Nadvirna, Roschitsa, Lotikovo, Svalyava, Kirovograd, Sevastopol, Mykolavkia, Kremenchuk, Yalta, Zhytomyr Baby Orphanage and the Zhytomyr Internat.

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May: We have added 3 new orphanages: Kremenchuk, Internat Mykolaivka and Orphanage #12.

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May: The team has now grown to over 60 co-ordinators. Welcome ALL!!!!

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May: Thanks to Michelle and the team of Help an Orphan sponsors - the packages that are on the way to the orphans will make the world of difference. Galya is volunteering as the co-ordinator with Sevastopol and Kristina is the co-ordinator at Children's Hope.

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May: Megan, Lynn, Ira, Anton, Eric, Sveta and Kathy visited 6 orphanages on a humanitarian visit. A full report will be posted soon.

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Kids Kitchen, Roschitsca: Thanks to Ida from Atid Hayeladim and  Lynnette, Steve, Jake, and Maddie Fahnestock for providing the funding for the kitchen fittings. We look forward to seeing the kitchen completed.

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Thank you to the Candalaria Elementary School in Salem Oregon. The 3rd grade teachers, Mrs Fender and Mrs Johnston, and the children and parents of the children in their classes collected cloth diapers, pacifiers, vinyl pant, crib toys for the babies. Your donation will improve the quality of these babies lives.

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Thank you Reruns for Kids in Salem, Oregon for your weekly donations of clothing and other items for the children. Thanks Ira for organizing this.

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Thank you Esme for sending a box of presents and treats to the children at Sevastopol. Galya reported that you really made their day!!!!
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Thanks to Marina, Robin and Christine for sending boxes to their Help an Orphan kids.
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We fetched the donation of therapy equipment from Children’s Village – with a thank you to Amanda for securing the donation, Mindi for arranging for it to be collected, Cara for collecting it, Megs who will be shipping it, Angela for the admin and thank you letter and Megs, Cristin and Cathy for all their contacts that lead to us finding Cara.
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Since April 14th --- 92 boxes have been sent from the Mission. Thank you everyone for all of your contributions in every way - you are making a lot of little ones very happy!!!!!!!!!!!! This does not include what was sent from Israel.
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April: Thanks to Orli from Israel. She is sending a check with Lynn to purchase something for Antoshka.
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April: J Mason is offering us a fantastic deal on rockers (activity seats). The cost is 3 seats for $71 which includes shipping to Portland. You can see the product on www.jmason.com --Sutton Square fabric. Contact Lynn for more details in the next week or so.

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April: Thanks too Cristin for your purchase of a quad stroller! This means more babies out in the sunshine, more vitamin D and less rickets! Read more about our Stroller Project.

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April: Read about Gammy's Gift Hat Project. Grab that crochet needle keep an orphan warm. Thanks Mindi.

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April: Thank you to Mindi D in Texas for starting a project to crochet hats for all the orphanages. Thanks too to Monica for joining this project.

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April: Thank you Kathy and Cara, from "Cara's Kids Closet", for your generous donation of clothes and diapers.

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April: Mindy thanks for the 300 toothbrushes and 288 small (travel size) tubes of  toothpaste. These were kindly donated by the Madison Family Dental Associates.

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April: Denis and Anna started their vocational training in Accounting thanks to Galya and Angela!.

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April: Sveta will be visiting Kremenchuk soon to assess the orphanage and its needs. Welcome Elizabeth to the group and than you for her kind donation of a quad stroller.

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April: Thanks to Children's Hope for sending us this picture of the children with gifts sent by Life2Orphans. Thanks too for the beautiful Easter card.

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14 April: KARE 11, the NBC-affiliate in Minneapolis/St. Paul, aired a story about the Journey of Hope program tonight. Here's the blurb that appears on the KARE11.com website about the segment:

Tonight in the KARE-11 News Extra:

A Daughter's Dying Wish Brad Woodard and Ron Stover

Wednesday at ten in the KARE 11 News Extra -- nothing could prepare Gregg and Laura Ferguson for the death of their daughter, Sarah.

But something Sarah did shortly before she died changed not only her parent's lives but the lives of two little girls halfway around the world.

Sarah made her parents promise that they would adopt a child. Gregg and Sarah took it one step further -- they adopted two girls from Russia.

See how the Ferguson's tragic loss translated into a whole new world for two very deserving children.

That's Wednesday in the Extra.

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April: There has been such a phenomenal response that we have shipped over 100 boxes of donations from Portland this month.

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March: Thanks to Angela, Galya and Stacey four orphans will undergo vocational training.

 

"Dear Life2Orphans Group!

 

The director of the orphanage greatly appreciates your help and your desire to make children's lives better. The residents of the orphanage are 3-18 years old, and most of them come from families where they were neglected or abused. These children look unruly and difficult to raise, but this only conceals their desire to feel needed and loved. We try to provide these children's needs and we are very happy that there are some people willing to help and share their warmth and care. We hope that along with people who are not indifferent to our kids' future we will manage to give them everything we dream about. Thank you for letting us send you a list of things we need for the children and for you contribution to up-bringing the younger generation.

 

Regards The Director of the orphanage Seal Signature T.G. Podolinnaya"

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March: Galya and Michelle have started the Help an Orphan project.

 

A message from Michelle:

"There are 40+ children living in the Children’s Hope rehabilitation center and 20+ children living in the Sevastopol Shelter.  They are former street children or orphans whom parents have refused.  Some of these children had to beg for money and food, steal, get warm from heating pipes, and sniff glue so they wouldn’t feel the hunger, coldness, loneliness, or hopelessness.  But despite all of this, they hope for a better future in their hearts.

We are looking for caring people that would help these children and guide them to a better life.  As a sponsor, you would send care packages to your child(ren) as often as you like through Life2Orphans.  Short letters would also be appreciated.  In return, you would get a response back from your child.  Just think what a personal package and letter may do to a struggling child trying to figure out the world that has caused him so much pain.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in sponsoring a child, please email me at mlreynolds@comcast.net.

Thanks for your support

Michelle Laychock"

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March: Stroller update. In addition to Angela, Stacey, Juli and Elizabeth, thank you too Cissy and Gail who are buying quad strollers. 

This was made possible by J Mason strollers (www.jmason.com) who are offering us a limited offer special to buy quad strollers at cost. Thank you Candy. 

This means that together with shipping to the orphanage door in Ukraine you can buy a quad stroller for less $250 delivered to the orphanage door!

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March: Marina - thanks for your donation of clothes, shoes and vitamins.

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March: Thanks to all the spouses for their understanding - Life2Orphans functions because of the co-ordinators and their spouses!

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March: Thanks to the kind anonymous donor for your donations, for the plates, bowls, cups, knives, forks, and spoons for Children's Hope. And the 10 bouncers/rockers for Nadvirna and a set of 12 Baby Einstein videos. And the toys for Nadvirna and Lotikovo. And the digital camera for Nadvirna.

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March: Thanks to NICE (www.nice.com) for their donation of 6 computers. This will enable us to supply computers to 3 orphanages. The kids are going to have so much fun!

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March: Trip in May: Ira and twins will be traveling to volunteer in Ukraine. You personal contributions are much appreciated. Kathy, Megs and Lynn be traveling to Kyiv and Kramatorsk where Life2Orphans will be hosting 2 parties with over 100 children - thanks to Coca Cola and McDonald's.

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March: Food project. We have delivered $4000 worth of baby formula and baby cereal to 4 orphanages this month - Kherson, Antoshka, Svalyava and Boyarka. In addition we have sent about $1000 worth of general food items via the non-profit food store (www.friendsfund.org) to Antoshka, Roschitsa and Kherson. Thank you to the donors who made this possible: Caroline, Stacey, Lynn, Stephanie, Cristin, Drue, Marina, as well as Karla and her church. Thanks to Vladimir for the prompt feedback on the food deliveries and also Megs and Angela for administering this. Food will also be on the way to Nadvirna shortly.

 

Welcome to our new Food Project co-ordinator - Mindi.  Remember that for the price of a combo meal at a fast food restaurant, you can provide supplemental feedings for a child for an entire month.

 

Please contact Mindi at mindi@mindi.com for further information.

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March: Thanks Mindi for the 30 fleece baby blankets. These are going to keep 30 more babies warm. Also the 4 boxes of donations for Svalyava and the 20 shirts.

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March: News from Angela:

I wanted you all to know that Life2Orphans has collected money from two committed donors for the HUHTC Scholarship Program.  This is an “associated program” on our website that is being run by Help Us Help The Children. 

 

Antonina Dod will be attending the Kharkiv Economic University through the generosity of Dean Peterson, and Tetiana Nozhka will be attending the Kyiv Institute through the generosity of Denise Forester.

 

Congratulations to the two newest students!!!  Just think of all the lives that we are touching from so far away…

 

If you are interested in sponsoring an orphan student please contact Angela at mitchum@bellsouth.net.

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March: Robin, what can we say but THANKS AGAIN. Your donation of 2 big boxes of moccasins is much appreciated. Thank you to Minnetonka Moccasin.

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March: Leslie and Jon - thanks for the 2 boxes of coats - these will keep the kids at Children's Hope warm next winter.

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March: Thanks Ilaria for your donation of diapers, clothes, shoes, toys, blankets, baby shampoo/lotion..

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March: Thank you to Amanda the Children’s Village in Yakima for the donation of:

1 wheelchair 

2 standers 

1 walker 

1 positioning seat 

1 bath chair 

1 baby swing

This will give a group of disabled kids a chance at life. 

Thanks to Mindi for arranging to get this to Portland.

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March: Thanks Cristin and Marina for the donation of 12 sets of the Spiderman comforters with pillowcase, flat and fitted sheets and I6 sets of Clifford sheets for Nadvirna.

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March: Thanks Cristin also for your boxes of donations. Wishing you everything of the best with your adoption!!!

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March: The number of co-ordinators is now over 40. Thank you each and every one of you for your contributions.  

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March: A message from Children's Hope:

"I greet you dear sister Megan!
Peace be with you!
We have received 6 parcel from you. Thank you very much!
Let God bless you abundantly for your loving and  giving heart!
All children from children's center are sending to you big greeting!
With love in Christ and thanks--Gayane Vartanova"

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19 March: Look at the photos from Sveta's recent visit to Lotikovo.

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18 March: Megs is off with eye surgery - get well soon!

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you donate items to an orphanage you are entitled to request an AKT form (ACT form). This is a donation registration form (see our FAQ page for details).  If an orphanage refuses to issue such a document this may be an indication that the donated items will not be used for the orphanage.

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13 March: Thank you to Angela, Stacey, Juli and Elizabeth who are all buying quad strollers. These will be shipped to 4 different orphanages.

This was made possible by J Mason strollers who are offering us a limited offer special to buy quad strollers at cost. Thank you Candy. 

This means that together with shipping to the orphanage door in Ukraine you can buy a quad stroller for less $250 delivered to the orphanage door!

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12 March: Welcome to the new members - Nancy, Christine, Kimberly, Deanna.

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10 March: Thank you to Mindi for donating several items for the  2004 Kids Kitchen Project

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March: "IN THE "lying room" of Orphanage No 12 near Moscow, two bleak rows of metal cots are filled with children who cannot walk. With no prospect of recovery, they are left to waste away. For many of the 40 boys and girls, the lying room is the final stop before burial in an unmarked grave." Read about the fate of the disabled orphans: http://www.cdi.org/russia/johnson/3061.html 

§         2004 Therapy Project: Help an child walk and give them an opportunity to escape the typical fate of the disabled orphan.

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March: Thank you too Mindi for donating the curtains and various other items for the Kids Kitchen at Roschitsa. Your enthusiasm is infectious.

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March: Thank you to Ida Harary of Atid Hayeladim for donating $500 towards the Kids Kitchen at Roschitsa. This will be used towards the counter, cupboards and stove.

§         2004 Kids Kitchen Project: Bestow on the older children an opportunity to partake in a "family kitchen". 

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March: We have shipped in less than one year: 

* 1124 pounds and 41 Boxes for Adopt A Angel 

* 790 Pounds and 32 boxes various individuals 

* 5677 Pounds and 197 Boxes for Life2Orphans 

Total from Portland of 9180 pounds 

Plus 1056 pounds and 32 boxes from Israel. 

Plus 3500 pounds food and juice purchases in Ukraine 

Plus an estimated 1000 pounds of items purchased in Ukraine  

TOTAL AID SUPPLIED: +-14,000 pounds.

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March: Thank you to the kind donor who purchased $500 worth of food for the Kherson orphanage. 

Remember that our non-profit food store (www.friendsfund.org) enables you to purchase more than 1000 items and have them delivered any address in Ukraine. Your purchase is considered a donation for tax purposes and you will receive a non-profit receipt.

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March: Thank you to Coca Cola who will be co-hosting parties with McDonald's for the 50 kids of the Children's Hope Orphanage in May and the 60 kids at Roschitsa. 

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8 March: Do you want to change a life? Please read the stories of 50 orphans who would like to attend college/university. 

§         2004 Scholarship Project: Grant an orphan their wish to study and save them from a life of despair. 

Read more about the program: http://www.brama.com/news/press/030226wengerchuk_911.html 

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7 March: Welcome to Juli in Japan, Michelle in the USA and Cristin in the Netherlands who have joined the group this week. It is fantastic to see the group and ideas grow.

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6 March: Galya has identified 3 older orphan girls who will be attending a hairdressing course over 3 to 4 months. 

Thank you Angela for sponsoring the children. This will provide them with an opportunity to earn a living.

“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”—Author unknown

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5 March: J Mason strollers are offering us a limited offer special to buy quad strollers at cost. Thank you Candy. 

This means that together with shipping to the orphanage door in Ukraine you can buy a quad stroller for less $250 delivered to the orphanage door!

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3 March: Megs has sent out a further 19 boxes of general donations from Portland. 

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2 March: Antoshka and Roschitsa received 26 more boxes.

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29 February: Sveta returned from Lotikovo. New orphanage page coming soon. We will be posting her report shortly. In brief:

* 54 children in the orphanage currently

* 20 kids - 18 months to 3 years old (10 boys and 10 girls)

* 8 kids - 12-18 months (4 boys and 4 girls)

* 26 kids - less than 12 months (16 boys and 10 girls)

They have 4 children with Cerebral Palsy.

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27 February: Run for the Children in support of Life2Orphans May 8, 2004 in League City, Texas. 

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1120133 

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26 February: If you are a family who adopted at an orphanage and would like to be involved in supporting your orphanage please contact us. We can offer you the following:

§        Sveta, our local representative, can visit your orphanage and perform a needs analysis, making up a list of the orphanage's most desperate needs. Take a look at the photos from a recent visit to the Nadvirna orphanage.

§        An online food store (www.friendsfund.org) enables you to buy and send food (over 1000 items, including Nestle baby formula and cereal at a wholesale price) and have it delivered to your orphanage. Your purchase is considered a donation for tax purposes and you will receive a non-profit receipt.

§        You can ship parcels via the mission in Portland (this may be more cost-effective that your current shipping options and we have never had a problem with customs).

§        From time to time we have surplus items from corporate donations that we may be able to send your orphanage, for example, recently we shipped 700 pairs of shoes to several orphanages.

§         An online group where you can correspond with all the families involved and benefit from their experience collecting for their orphanage, for example, Mel (our "diaper queen") has taught other families how to collect washable diapers.

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26 February: Welcome to all the new Life2Orphans co-ordinators - in Africa their is a unifying vision best expressed in the Zulu maxim: "umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu". The phrase can be translated as: "a person is a person through other persons." Thank you to those of you who have contributed to the orphans over the past year - it really has been a collaborative effort and would not have been possible without all the individual contributions - both donated items and the time and energy. We look forward to achieving even more this year as the group grows. 

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24 February: Sveta is off to Lotikovo to visit the orphanage there. Thanks to Forrest and his family for sponsoring the trip.

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23 February: Thank you McDonald's for offering to host a party for the 50 kids of the Children's Hope Orphanage in May. This will no doubt be a very special outing and memory for the kids.

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20 February: Thanks to Jeanne who reports that "the diaper fairy left 150 cloth prefold diapers on my door step yesterday".

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20 February: Thank you to Kim and the National Association for Down Syndrome for your kind donation of posters and videos. These will help overcome the fear and ignorance that threaten the very lives of these kids.

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17 February: Read about the value of toys in this article "toys - a vital necessity".

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16 February: Thank you from the East Portland Rotary Club: Gifts from Halfway around the World! 

By now everyone knows how successful our Foster Children's Christmas Party was. I wanted everyone to know about an unexpected and very generous contributor to our party. I received a call one Saturday morning from Lynn Kolber, who is from South Africa but currently living in Israel. She stated that she, and her organization "Life2orphans" had a bunch of new toys and she was wondering if we could use them to help with our Foster Children's projects. I thought to myself, there's got to be a catch - is this some kind of scam? It wasn't. Lynn and the people of Life2orphans are an organization that's goal is to help improve the quality of lives for orphans living in Ukraine. Their organization solicits donations from many corporations and their Portland based office received a donation of new toys from Mattel. The only catch from Mattel was that the toys had to be distributed locally to children in distress. 

So, in searching for a good project to donate these toys to, they found East Portland Rotary's Foster Children Program. Life2orphans generously donated hundreds of matchbox cars and little Kelly dolls. So this year as the 250 Foster Children sat on Santa's lap and made a Christmas wish, they received a car or a doll. The remaining cars and dolls were distributed to other area Foster Children spreading even more Christmas joy. This simple yet very generous gift made some children very happy. 

I would like to share with you a little bit about Life2orphans. Like Rotary, they have a number of projects for 2004. All of the projects go towards helping orphans in the Ukraine and include things like providing food, laundry, therapy, books and scholarships for the children. Their US office is here in Portland and that is where the donations are received before shipping them off to the orphanages. They are delighted to receive donations and the local contact, Megan Fordenbacher, can be reached at life2orphans@comcast.net if you would like to make a donation. If you'd like to learn more, you can visit their web site at: www.life2orphans.org. I would like to personally thank Lynn and life2orphans for not only their generous contribution but also for what they do for some very deserving children. 

David Vernon, Chair, Foster Children ROTARY CLUB OF EAST PORTLAND

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13 February: Read about Sveta's recent visit to Nadvirna, and take a look at photos showing the needs of the 80 babies.

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10 February: Sveta is visiting Antoshka and Roschitsa this week to unpack the boxes of Xmas toys and also to buy juice and snacks for the children. 

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6 February: Read more about Children's Hope - a private orphanage/shelter for street kids.

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6 February: DISTRESSING NEWS: Children from the baby orphanage with Cerebral Palsy who are not rehabilitated (walk) by the age of 4 years are transferred to a hospital with over 500 kids up to age 18, where the majority of them will die. THIS ESSENTIALLY MEANS THAT THE KIDS HAVE A DEATH SENTENCE HANGING OVER THEM. If any of you would like to be more involved with helping the disabled kids please contact Amanda Clark at amandaclark@hotpop.com.  

§         2004 Therapy Project: Help an child walk and give them an opportunity to escape the typical fate of the disabled orphan.

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5 February: DONATION NEWS: Thank you to Judy from Teach Me Tapes, www.teachmetapes.com for her donation of books and tapes with songs in English and Russian.

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3 February: Roschitsa received a couple more boxes today. Thank you to all the donors. Raisa has asked us to let everyone know that they have enough clothes for 2004 - this is the kind of feedback that enables us to send the right donations to the right orphanage.

We suggest that you please direct any further clothing donations for kids aged 3-7 years to either Nadvirna (for 3-5 year olds) and/or Children's Hope (for 3 to 16 year olds). 

Remember that toys, arts and crafts, books, videos and food are still very much needed and welcome at Roschitsa

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2 February: Sveta visited the Nadvirna orphanage.  We will be posting her report shortly. In brief:

* 40 boys and 34 girls in the orphanage currently

* 10 groups

* 3 kids - 5 years old 

* 13 kids - 4 years old 

* 18 kids - 3 years old 

* 17 kids - 2 years old 

* 23 kids - 1 year old 

They have just 1 child with Down and 7 with Cerebral Palsy ( benign and none lying).

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31 January: Sveta will be visiting the Nadvirna orphanage this week to take photos and assess their needs.

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30 January: Roschitsa and Antoshka have received almost 40 boxes of donations sent from Portland and Israel. Many more boxes are on the way to these and other orphanages. 

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29 January: INFO PLEASE: We have a contact that is sending a container of medical equipment to Kramatorsk/Donetska area. We may be able to get some of this equipment for some other orphanages. We are compiling a list of equipment needed. If anyone knows of any specific equipment their organization or they know of personally that an orphanage might need - please e-mail Amanda Clark at amandaclark@hotpop.com, Lynn Kolber at kolberlm@netvision.net.il or Jeanne Heller mhfinfan@mindspring.com.  

I know some of our members have children that they know would have benefited from some items while they were in Ukraine - if you have any ideas - please feel free to let us know.

Hoping that we can get some more needed items for the kids,

Best,

Megan Family#60 www.life2orphans.org 

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28 January: PARCEL NEWS: Please tape the boxes REALLY well when sending them to Ukraine (they have a long road ahead of them). Delivery is expedited if you add a phone number and ensure that the boxes are sturdy (if a box is "overweight" it is more likely to split open on the way). 

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23 January: NEWS: Read about how one family (together with Rotary) are changing the lives of over 200 orphans http://avenue.org/rotary/District%20Newsletter.pdf

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23 January: ONLINE STORE NEWS: The USA-based online food store enables you to order over 1000 food and household items and have them delivered to any address in Ukraine is live: http://www.friendsfund.org:86/main.asp

 

Ø      To send food to one of the life2orphans orphanages:

1. Browse to http://www.friendsfund.org:86/main.asp

 

2. Click on   to register. 

2. Complete the registration form and click OK

3. Click Back or Home to return to the home page.

4. Click .

5. Click on an orphanage to select it (the life2orphans orphanage addresses are already in the system). 

6. Enter the amount of baby formula required (the baby formula is delivered in quantities of 24) and click .

7. Browse to any of the other categories to select other products, for example, click Food

8. Add any other items that you want to send to the orphanage. (Juice for vitamins is always welcome)

9. When you are done shopping, click Process Order to check out. Follow the instructions for payment.

The goods are bought locally in Ukraine and delivery takes +-2-3 weeks. 

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22 January: DONATION NEWS: For the cerebral palsy kids at Antoshka - 2 Walkers and a small corner chair which allows children with CP to be able to sit up better and gives them a tray to eat from or do activities on. Thank you to Kaye Products for their substantial discount.  

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18 January: VOLUNTEER NEEDED: We ship a large number of our donations from a mission in South East Portland. Due to the volume of donations we are now looking for someone to help Megs, Life2Orphans Director, in Portland, Oregon. This would include: 

* Visiting the mission and taking inventory of donations. 

* Repackaging and shipping out donations to the orphanages. 

* Recording the donations and forwarding the details to Angela, Life2Orphans Administrator (who issues the receipts to donors). 

* Assisting with a variety of other tasks. 

If you live in the Portland area and would like to volunteer your time we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact: Megan Fordenbacher at life2orphans@comcast.net

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17 January: DONATION NEWS: Thank you too to Robin, RMH Children’s Foundation, www.nhffoundations.net/rmhchildren for another 2 boxes of donated clothes and shoes!

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16 January: SHIPPING NEWS: Another 14 boxes of donations shipped today.

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16 January: NEWS: Jonny-Roger, whose humanitarian efforts and unique website led to a change in the way that the Boyarka orphanage was run, has died. His story resulted succeeded in generating support for the babies in the orphanage and to a big improvement in the quality of their lives. Our condolences to his family.

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15 January: DONATION NEWS: Thanks to Carol for the amazing donation of Kelly's Kids clothing. And a very special thanks to Cissy who organized this donation.

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14 January: COORDINATOR NEWS: The number of Life2Orphans coordinators is growing. Please take a look at our contact page for more information.

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12 January: PACKING TIP: Please ensure that any boxes sent are properly taped. Treat them like an "Egyptian mummy" :) Boxes that are not securely taped may not arrive in one piece. 

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10 January: CEREBRAL PALSY EQUIPMENT WANTED Life2Orphans, a not-for-profit organization devoted to improving the lives of the orphans of Ukraine, would like to accept equipment such as the following for donation: 

* pediatric walkers 

* pediatric standards 

* small AFO braces 

* pediatric corner chairs 

* therapy equipment suitable for small children 

There are many children in the orphanages of Ukraine, which have cerebral palsy, I adopted two of them 1 1/2 years ago and now think about those left behind. Life2Orphans has made a goal to get these children out of their cribs and at the same level as their peers so that they may have an opportunity to develop the necessary skills to lead an independent life. If have any questions or are interested in donating equipment, please email amandaclark@hotpop.com or visit  2004 Therapy Project.

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9 January: MORE PROJECT NEWS: Jeanne has launched the 2004 Book and Video Library Project for Roschitsa and Antoshka. The aim is to introduce the 240 children not only to the world of literacy, but indeed to the world (imagine living confined in ONE small room 24 hours a day with 14 other toddlers for 4 years of your life).

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3 January: NEW YEAR NEWS: As promised the updated project list for 2004:

§        2004 Food Project: Provide supplementary feeding for a baby for just $5 a month. 

§         2004 Therapy Project: Help an child walk and give them an opportunity to escape the typical fate of the disabled orphan.

§         2004 Laundry Project: Keep a baby dry by contributing to laundry equipment.

§         2004 Kids Kitchen Project: Bestow on the older children an opportunity to partake in a "family kitchen". 

§         2004 Scholarship Project: Grant an orphan their wish to study and save them from a life of despair. 

§        2004 Journey of Hope: Help facilitate families.

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