Ochakov Orphanage, Ukraine
While the trip to Ochakov was total fun, it was a real eye opener to learn of the terribly poor condition of the bathrooms at the orphanage. It was absolutely heartbreaking to think that children had to bath in a space that was no better finished than a dungeon, no hot water and barely any fresh water.
The talented performing artists from The Nikolaev Palace of Education in Arts load up the buses and heads south to the quaint Black Sea village of Ochakov to meet and perform for the wonderful children of The Ochakov Orphanage.
I Will 1st Computer Class Opens its Doors!
Our volunteers in Nikolayev, Ukraine – Batiuk Alexey and Vladimir Kotov – worked very hard to launch the I Will Computer Training Class. The class has eight workstations that were set up in a newly renovated classroom. A teacher was brought in to help the kids learn. The photos speak volumes about the happiness the children expressed.
I WILL donations were used to help Irina get the life changing hearing aid she needed. Irina wrote a letter to express her deep appreciation for helping to give a gift that has made all the difference in her life. Irina hopes to attend a local college after high school.
A decadent cooking class was taught by Chris Hockely, a Toronto area chef, who generously gave his time to I WILL to help raise money for a special girl. The event raised $1000 for Irina Lubitskaya, a 12 year old girl in the orphanage, who needed a hearing aid.
Elisabeth Eckhardt hand knit two sweaters for Nikolaev school orphanage # 5. Two sisters, Snezhana (10) and Dalena (8), were presented with the sweaters. They will forever treasure this special gift.
An article about the success of I WILL was printed on Saturday January 25, 2003 in Nikolayev’s regional newspaper ‘Southern Pravda’. The efforts of I WILL were widely acknowledged and appreciated by the orphanage management team and by the children themselves.
Christmas Toy and Clothing Drives
Brenda Sweeney and Kathy Battista both organized separate very successful toy and clothing drives.
Visits allow us to make direct connections with the children and the people who take care of them. It is during these visits that our task lists are created.
The children of I WILL were the happy recipients of boxes candy donated by Michael Fitzgibbon. The colourful chocolate Smarties surprised the children and brought huge smiles to everyone in the orphanage.