In early October 2008, UCARE organized and executed a humanitarian
aide route to Ukrainian orphanages. This route took us through Volyn oblast, to
seven internaty (orphanages) and facilities for children. The internaty house
and teach true and social orphans and children with disabilities. Our weeklong
route allowed us to meet with directors, teachers, and children at all of the
Planning this route is a yearlong task, beginning with a
fact-finding trip by a UCARE volunteer in the summer of 2008. Dr. Luba Petrusha
visited with directors and their assistants, toured the internaty and inquired
about their needs, wants and dreams. Based on this information, UCARE
volunteers formulated a plan to fundraise and realize the route.
In October, Peggy Lynch and Nadia Haywas arrived in Kyiv to complete
purchases and embark on the route. To best meet the needs of the children and
help provide for some of the general needs of the internaty, some items were
brought from the United States, but the majority of purchases were made in Kyiv
and Volyn. All of the internaty received new underwear for all the children,
toiletry items (toothpaste, soap, lice shampoo, personal hygiene products) maps
and books for classrooms, educational toys, and sports equipment. Additionally,
the children received coloring books, crayons, and chocolate, gifts that make a
child's life in an internat bearable.
Since each internat had shared its needs
with us, we met with the directors and took each one shopping for the items
they needed most. The internat in Lypljany received 5-gallon water vessels to
provide clean drinking water in the dormitory building. Senkevychivka received
a water heater for the boys' shower. Krupa, and internat for visually impaired
and blind children, received enlarging equipment to provide the children access
to reading material, relief maps, and other such specialized equipment.
Rozysche internat requested and received an industrial sewing machine, and
biotoilets for dormitories housing children with motor disabilities and
cerebral palsy, eliminating the need for the children to use outdoor facilities
at night. Ivanyche and Holovno internaty received woodshop tools to provide
vocational training for their students.
The children at each internat greeted us and were eager to learn
about us. They helped us unload the vans, and proudly showed us their rooms,
their projects, and did not want to see us leave.
Routes like this are made possible only by donations from our
sponsors. Many of the items UCARE delivers directly are consumable; underwear
gets grown out of, clothes wear thin, toiletries get used up, sports equipment
must be renewed, crayons get used, coloring books filled in. These items need
to be replenished often. Larger donated items benefit the whole internat,
improve the lives of children living there, and provide educational and
Our route in Volyn just touched upon the needs of these children.
Renovating or installing new bathrooms to provide hygienic living
conditions, updating sewing and woodworking workshops to train and give this
youth a chance, setting up internet access and computer labs to broaden their
horizons...There is much we would like to do, and need your continued support
to do so. UCARE helps with needs and wants, but only through generous sponsor
support can we help these children realize their dreams. Lypljany children
dream of dormitories with indoor bathrooms and running water. Senkevychivka
internat hopes to expand their sports program, get internat access, and
renovate a dormitory. Krupa internat for blind and visually impaired children
hopes for a small bus to take children on mobility training trips. Rozysche
internat would be thrilled with indoor plumbing in the dormitories.
To make a donation or sponsor a route, please click here.
For more information regard the Route please contact: Nadia Haywas, Child Internat Aid