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 volunteers. Many 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.
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 routes.
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