September 10th, 2007

An email from former Ukraine Adoption Blogger, Angela highlights the ongoing needs of the children in that country, and a fundraising project in the works now.

The 85 boys of the Teterevka orphanage, almost all ill and disabled, are in urgent need of food, shoes, and more, and An Orphan’s Bright Star is asking for donations.

From the charity:

Teretevka is home to 85 special needs boys aged 7 to 25 yrs. 60% of these boys are ill, and a large percentage are invalids. They have so many critical needs. These boys are so skinny it breaks my heart.

We have started a food drive to help. We’ve calculated that 6 dollars per month per child will provide the basics in nourishment to Teretevka’s children.


They are also announcing an exhibit/fundraiser to be held on the 3rd of November at the M2 Gallery in Houston, Texas, that will feature the work of Ukrainian artist Lydia Bodna-Balahutrak.

Her work is magnificent … and disturbing … and the cause is great, so if you’re in the area, make a point of stopping by.

Angela listed many charities that serve the needs of children of Ukraine here, here, and here.

Like so many of the countries our kids come from, Ukraine’s history is bloody and grim.

This story from the AP details memories of the Holocaust that plague the oldest in the country.

From the porch of her mud hut, Vera Filonok saw tens of thousands of Jews shot, thrown in a ravine and set on fire. Many were still alive and they writhed in the flames “like flies and worms.”

A team of investigators led by a French priest has been collecting the accounts of atrocities from witnesses over the past six years in efforts to make up for the years of Soviet rule that refused to acknowledge the massive and systematic murder of Jews that took place in Ukraine.

It was Romanians and Ukrainians that started the killing by locking rounded up Jews in a pigsty and setting it alight. It continued from there.

The head of the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies has said, “… there is no longer that endless untruthful silence that existed in Soviet Ukraine.”

On the positive news front, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Victor Yanukovych is voicing enthusiasm for space projects and stating that the country will have opportunities for participate in many.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has awarded honorary diplomas to a group of Ukrainians living abroad and is looking at further cooperation between the Ministry and Ukrainian scientists on researches of legal, cultural, scientific, and social problems of Ukrainian communities abroad.

And a British entrepreneur is about to invest a whole lot of money in projects in Ukraine, most involving mining in the Beregovo district, one of the largest undeveloped ore fiends in Europe.

Stating that he hopes the elections at the end of this month lead to greater stability, he says such an outcome would allow Ukraine to, “… emerge as one of the powerhouses of central Europe and develop an economy that would surprise many people in western Europe.”

That would be nice.

7 Responses to “Ukrainian orphan needs, history, and happenings”

  1. juspasenthru says:

    I recently returned from Ukraine (for a successful adoption, yippee!) and it is a beautiful country. I think they have a lot to work with.

    There is an excellent movie dealing with the Holocost in Ukraine: “Everything is Enlightened”. It also has some very funny moments in it if you can imagine. Check it out.

  2. igueros says:

    Find out about translator’s/facilitator’s vision of adoptions in Ukraine.

  3. igueros says:

    Start reading from the last post.

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  5. jeff.mowatt says:

    Some time ago, this blog published several rather negative comments on the activities of my colleague and I in Ukraine and the article entitled ‘Death Camps for children’. A week ago however, Ukraine’s government announced the doubling of allowances for adopters, in line with the recommendations made in that article. In November 2006, our strategy paper on a ‘Marshall Plan’ for Ukraine had been delivered and began to bear fruit in the announcement of the creation of 400 rehabilitation centres for disabled children.

    Most were too fearful to speak out about conditions inside some of the homes, but only a few weeks ago, a courageous Ukrainian named Albert Pavlov stood up for the children of Kalinovka which attracted immediate media attention. Kalinovka statistics indicate an annual death rate exceeding 10% and the photo report shows pictures of a child resident suffering from severe cachexia due to lack of medical attention along with graves dug in preparation.

    We are now beginning a new project to make 10 model care centers of existing homes as a model for the 400 rehab centers which will be necessary, according to our calculations and as acknowledged in the government announcement of last year.

    Jeff Mowatt
    People-Centered Economic Development

  6. mistyeyed says:

    What a great blog. I really appreciate reading this. I have really enjoyed your blog. I have been passing information about this onto my friends.

    They’re gettting their adoption paperwork done through Rapid It’s been going rather well. But the process is still long.

  7. lorisam7879 says:

    What a wonderful blog, I am so happy to hear there are people like you who want to make a difference in these children’s lives. My heart breaks reading the information I have about children over in Europe…. I wish there was more we could do.
    On another note, I was surprised to see the Rapid Adoption link above…. we just used that same service for our adoption. Small world I guess…

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