UCARE does most of
its work in Ukraine. We work closely with Priyateli Ditey and they have very kindly given us
space within their offices. We also have a dedicated cadre of
of the volunteers are orphans who have completed their education with
UCARE's assistance, or who have attended camps with us in the past.
Quite a few are current scholarship recipients and a number are our
friends and relatives.
Marta Kolomayets, a
board member who has lived in Kyiv since the early 1990s acts as a
liason and helps run things from the Ukrainian end.
Tanya Hrytsiv is the UCARE coordinator in Ukraine. Her job is to help carry out the projects we plan in back in the USA. Tanya works hard keeping the Stipendiat program running smoothly, helping organize our routes, and brings other projects to fruition. Through her work with our students, she has become a surrogate mother for many of them.
Maryna Krysa is the president of Priyateli Ditey (Help Us Help the Children of Ukraine). She helps us with logistics in planning our routes and camps. Her organization helps us run the Stipendiat program, and also finds sponsors for the students. Maryna has many of her own projects in Ukraine, including summer camps and Dnipro cruises for orphans.
Maryna has been a huge help to us since the beginning; her love of children has caused her to travel to hundreds of orphanages over the years, and she has spent countless hours at camps and on routes with us. She has been invaluable
in helping us get donations of goods (including chocolates) for our routes and camps.
A few photos of the volunteers who helped out with our fall 2007 route.
Underwear don't pack themselves
Everything must be properly labeled
A short break for tea at the Kyiv office
On the long, long road
Everyone loves chocolate
Spending time with the kids is really the most important thing of all