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Library for Kiev Orphanage #12

Updated Tues, 14 June 2005

The orphanage selected for June Project of the Month is Kiev Orphanage #12.

Education and opportunity are currently the focus for this orphanage that has children classified as learning disabled. There are approximately 95 children ages 8 to 16 at Kiev Orphanage #12.

As part of the education system in the US, many of us had the opportunity to go to the school library for a designated time each week. Then got to check out books from the library and enjoy some classic novels. Some of you probably even became avid readers because of that experience you had in school.

Well, imagine if there was no library and no access to those novels. That is how it is for the children at Orphanage #12. This monthís project is to create a library that not only provides books, but also encouragement to the children to read. The library will include books in Russian, Ukrainian, and even English.

Please consider a donation of $5 or $10 or more if you are able.

You can think of your $10 donation as buying a book for the library.

The goal is to raise $750 by Saturday, June 18. I have no doubt this can be achieved before that though. The library can then be in place by the start of the next school year.

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For more information on the Project of the Month, please email Stacey


Kiev Orphanage #12

Updated Tues, 14 June 2005

The future never looks bright to a Ukrainian orphan. To an orphan growing up in an orphanage for children with learning disabilities the future looks twice as dismal. Children at Orphanage No.12 in Kiev know this only too well. The orphanage is a home to 80 orphans aged 10 to 16, many of whom have been victims of severe neglect while others have minor learning disabilities such as dyslexia. The children considered unfit for regular schooling and are offered a simplified curriculum that excludes many subjects vital for further education and successful employment such as English and computer literacy. With such a sub-standard level of education graduates of specialized orphanages can not apply even to vocational schools, let alone colleges or universities. Needless to say, employers are also rarely interested in a 16-year-old candidate with a fifth-graderís certificate.

The Childrenís Computer Center, launched at Orphanage No.12 by Life2Orphans, will be used to teach older children as well as orphanage graduates English and computer skills that will make them more marketable and employable on the local jobs market. The Center has been equipped with modern computer equipment, unlimited access to the Internet, furniture, visual aids, books and other necessary materials and equipment. The English course will be taught by a licensed ESL teacher. The computer lessons will be taught by the orphanage staff that has been trained under the US-funded Internet Access Training Program.

English and computer lessons for the orphanage children will start In September. Lessons for the orphanage graduates started in June.

This is the first experiment of the kind, and if it proves successful it will not only help graduates of Orphanage 12 find gainful employment but it will also help convince Ukrainian officials that orphans with special needs have just as much potential as 'regular' children do.

How you can help..... donate in any of the following ways:

By Check

Mail to the following address:
Children's Computer Center: Kiev Orphanage #12
11876 NW Tyler Court
Portland, Oregon 97229

Through Paypal.com

Pay the Teacher's Salary for a Year
Includes Paypal processing fees

For more information, please email Stacey


Help An Orphan Project

Updated Tues, 14 June 2005

Sponsor a child through the Help An Orphan project:
We are looking for families to sponsor these older orphans. It is difficult to find sponsors for the children that are are no longer "cute and cuddly".

The objective is to send care parcels (and letters) to a child at least twice a year. 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. We have local, English-speaking volunteers with digital cameras who provide feedback about your child.

Click here to download more Help an Orphan info, or contact Angie at myko_kids@yahoo.com.

NameBirth Date
Koryuk, Maxim14-Dec-84
Kuznetsov, Oleksandr20-Apr-88
Lubovskii, Maxim22-Jun-88
Makobrei, Kostantin30-May-88
Paniotov, Artem27-Apr-89
Pleshanov, Maxim24-Mar-88
Roslik, Igor16-Aug-89
Shiskin, Volodimir3-Aug-90
Snezhkov, Stanislav17-Dec-88
NameBirth Date
Baybukh, Marina24-Feb-88
Chernei, Marina2-Jan-88
Naydenova, Lubov15-Aug-88
Safiulina, Yana26-Feb-88
Skripka, Galina24-Aug-88
Svisheva, Evgenia8-Oct-89
Yermolova, Julia2-Oct-88

For more information on Mykolaivka Internat, please email Cara-Donne or Jon

Feed a baby for $5 a month

Updated Wed, 15 September 2004

Many of the orphans in the baby orphanages are malnourished. Typically babies from 4 months no longer receive formula and milk and exist on a diet of mashed potatoes, gruel and sugar water. Babies under 4 months receive insufficient formula. Many of the toddlers have rickets due to a vitamin D deficiency (no dairy or exposure to sunshine) A 2 year old might weigh 17 pounds.

How you can help..... donate in any of the following ways:

By Check

Mail to the following address:
11876 NW Tyler Court
Portland, Oregon 97229

Through Paypal.com

Feed A Child For A Month
$5.42 (More Info)
Cost includes Paypal processing fees

The babies at the orphanages are in desperate need of food.

Supplemental Food Calculation

  • 5 calories per gram for powdered formula (baby formula is calorie intense)

  • 5 calories x 400g = 2000 calories per pack of baby formula

  • 24 packs / 9 babies = 2.67 packs of formula x 2000 calories = 5340 calories a month x 12 months = 64080 calories

  • To gain 1 pound of weight consume 3500 calories.

  • So 64080/3500 = 18.3 Over a year this adds amounts to 18.3 pounds per baby.

Nestle provide us with formula and cereal at a price below wholesale. This means that for $5 we can provide supplemental feeding for a baby for a month.

For more information, please email Mindi