Help An Orphan Project

Updated Tues, 28 March 2006

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.

Here are the orphans that still need sponsored:

Name Birth Date
Mikhailo Semenyuk 05-Aug-91
Artem Barashenkov 11-Aug-91
Oleksandr Garnaga 05-Dec-92
Valeri Svintsov 01-Sep-93
Oleksandr Berezovskii 20-Sep-93
Andrei Shuoparov 30-Sep-93
Name Birth Date
Sveta Galdetska  
Lena Barchukova 01-Jul-91
Oksana Gaydrikh 20-Aug-92
Maria Semenyuk 13-Sep-92

Click here for more information on the "Help An Orphan" project, or contact Angie.

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


Svalyava Baby Orphanage

The April 2006 project of the month is to
complete the laundry/boiler room project.

About the project…from the coordinator Mindi…

In September 2005 I had the great privilege of traveling once again to the Svalyava Baby Orphanage to adopt another beautiful West Ukrainian daughter, Ana. While there my husband and I were given the grand tour of the orphanage, which had just changed directors when we adopted our first daughter, Yeva, from the home in 2002.

The changes were incredible throughout all of the rooms, but the director took the most pride in the renovations he had made in the laundry/boiler room. There was now hot water available for cooking and heating the entire orphanage, and no longer were the children being bathed in ice cold water.

Imagine my surprise when Ana couldn’t wait to get in the bathtub at our flat! Her sister Yeva screamed for months when it was bath time, scared to death that she would be dunked again in freezing temperatures.

The greatest need of the orphanage at this time is to complete the laundry/boiler room project, to provide a clean and comfortable home for the children, and a pleasant place to work for the local caregivers. The director has already done so much good for all – it would be an honor to provide him the means to finish the amazing work he has started in this area.

It is with greatest appreciation that I thank you for your consideration of a contribution to this project.


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

Donate By Check

Mail checks to the following address:
Project of The Month
11876 NW Tyler Court
Portland, Oregon 97229


Donation Amount:

For more information on the Project of the Month, please email Elizabeth.

Vocational Project

Updated Tues, March 2006

If you adopted from Ukraine have you ever wondered what might have happened to your 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 $40 per month for a period of 12 months, to sponsor a child who has “graduated” through the orphanage system to go to a trade school or specialized classes. Some of the trade school/training options include:

  • Hairdressing
  • Accounting (Cashier)
  • Construction
  • Sewing
  • Shoe Making

We have not set any requirement on the contact between sponsor and child, but you will receive pictures and information of the child you are sponsoring.  You can sponsor an orphan online on the Life2Orphans website using your credit card OR BANK TRANSFER- simply donate $40 per month for a period of 12 months. Life2Orphans is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the U.S.A. Tax I.D. # 93-1316547.

For further information, contact Kelly.

Here are the students that still NEED SPONSORED:

Igor Furdyga August 19, 1989 

Igor was transferred to Orphanage 12 in 2004 from another orphanage. During this short time he made lots of friends among the orphanage children and staff. He is a very intelligent and polite guy. He loves playing basketball and listening to the music. Igor also loves computers.

Igor Kravchuk June 7, 1989  

Igor has been at Orphanage 12 since he was 7. He loves playing soccer and computer games. He enjoys listening to rap music. After leaving the orphanage in May 2006 Igor would like to become a construction worker.


Igor Morozov  August 2, 1989

Igor was transferred to Orphanage 12 from another orphanage in 2001. He likes sports, especially boxing and soccer. He has been boxing for the last 2 years and has won many national contests in his weight category. His coach is very proud of him. Igor is still considering what he wants to do after he leaves the orphanage in May 2006.


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 month’s 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