the need?

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

 

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how can I help?

 

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