The orphanages have to function on a budget of about $1 a day per child – this is for food, heating, linen, clothes, diapers, laundry, medicine, toys, therapy equipment, caregivers, and so on, and so on (Ukraine is one of the poorest countries in Eastern Europe and the average salary in many of the regions is a mere $30 a month). The caretakers bring things from home to help the children.
Clearly the greatest challenge is to keep the kids clean, dry, warm and fed. This consumes all the time and energies of the staff. Yes, they care, but no, they have very little to do it with!
The babies are malnourished and lack almost all the basics that we take for granted:
§ hunger, rickets and malnutrition
§ condemned to a lifetime of disability
§ primeval feeding equipment
§ sucking fingers in frustration
§ sleeping with no sheets or blanket on a plastic mattress
§ wet clothes, diapers and linen
§ wet bums and hours propped up on the potty
§ mindless boredom and lack of cognitive and physical development
§ sickness and despair
§ cold and shivering
§ confined indoors
§ not knowing what a real home is
how can I help?
Copyright Notice: All text and photos on the Life2Orphans.org website and photos accessed via links from the Life2Orphans.org website, are the property of Life2Orphans.org and are protected by International copyright laws. No permission, either express or implied, is granted for the electronic transmission, storage, retrieval, or printing of the text or photographs contained on Life2Orphans.org, other than that which is related to the normal "caching" practices of web browsers. No parties/individuals visiting Life2Orphans.org may otherwise copy, modify, publish, transmit, or distribute the contents of the website or that of the photographs found on this site, or photographs accessed via links from the Life2Orphans.org website. Express written permission must be granted, on behalf of the President of Life2Orphans (Megan Fordenbacher), in order to use the text or the photographs at Life2Orphans.org for any purpose that is not outlined above. Your viewing of the text and photographs accessed from the Life2Orphans.org website indicates your acceptance of these conditions.