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Lynette with children.

Lynette with children.

In May 2002, I went to Odessa Ukraine for the fourth time. Everything was in bloom, lots of flowers for sale on street corners. Odessa is a city of over one million people. I worked mainly with teachers and children in Orphanage #4, bringing materials for them to do crafts. We made necklaces and a variety of sewing and paper crafts. After teaching the teachers and children how to spin, I left a spinning wheel there, enabling them to make some of their own yarns. It is so exciting to see the items the kids have knitted. I usually go to the local flea market to buy materials needed in some of the classes. The sewing teacher needed material and thread, scissors, etc., so we bought a lot for them. They use old "Singer" sewing machines to work on. In hopes of communicating better on future trips, I am now working on my Russian.

Children in the mental hospital, each with juice and Easter bread.

Children in the mental hospital, each with juice and Easter bread.

I go to the Ukraine through the Universal Aid for Children, UAC, who have a website where you can learn more about them: www.uacadoption.org.

There is a staff in Odessa that organizes obtaining and distributing food, medicines, and clothing to the children in the many orphanages. When I go to the Ukraine I meet with the staff in delivering the items I have collected. There is a group of women in Tuolumne County that knit or crochet items such as hats, scarves, vests, sweaters, for the children. The items are then sent to Odessa to be distributed where they are needed.

Svetlana (art teacher) and children making jewelry.

Svetlana (art teacher) and children making jewelry.

UAC is always looking for more of these handmade or store bought items as well as hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, soaps, etc. Donation for arts and crafts items for the children are also needed. Donations of money can be used for sending the items over to the Ukraine as well as buying the much needed clothing, medicines and food. You can learn what is currently needed by visiting UAC's Wish List.

When I am in Odessa working with the children and staff I am also the eyes and ears for Clara Pascal, Director of UAC's Ukrainian Medical Aid & Relief Program. You can learn more about her through this link, www.uacadoption.org/htmldocs/clarabio.html.

Children wearing hats made by Tuolumne County ladies.
Children wearing hats made by Tuolumne County ladies.

Lynette teaching a crafts teacher how to spin.
Lynette teaching a crafts teacher how to spin.

Children spinning on spindles.
Children spinning on spindles.

In sewing class- three girls at their machines.
In sewing class- three girls at their machines.

Babies in an orphanage.
Babies in an orphanage.

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