2012 Ukraine Trip
Trip to Odessa
We have completed another successful trip to Odessa, Ukraine. This time Judy Hansen went with Linda and me. Judy is Linda’s sister. We had raised some money to spend over there on the kids or wherever we saw a need.
First thing we did was organize an Egg Hunt for the kids in #5 Orphanage. They all had a great time and so did we. We filled plastic eggs the night before and then Saturday took them to #5 to hide. Then the kids ran around looking for the eggs, some getting more than others.
We went to Oblast Children’s Hospital and heard of their need for a new washing machine as their old one had broken down. So, we bought a new one for them and repaired the old one, and even bought some receiving blankets and other things for the kids.
We did many classes with the kids at different orphanages. This year seemed to be the year of the butterfly. Here is one group of kids working on theirs. We also painted little wooden cars and Fontanka (Boy’s Prison). They had a great time, as we worked outside and had quite a large group doing it all at once.
We did see work that needs to be done, like the outdoor sinks that need to be repaired.
We handed out stuffed animals at Belgorod Hospital, which is 2 hours SW of Odessa. Saw some babies there as well. The staff is so good with the kids.
These are such wonderful trees that bloom in May. Many years we miss them as we are there too early. They have a wonderful smell and look like an ice cream cone full of blossoms. The chestnut tree is called Kashtan in Russian. Many are lining the streets of Odessa.
We even went on a boat ride in the Black Sea. It was a beautiful day. All in all, it was a good trip and enjoyed visiting with our friends there. Judy was awed by all of the work we do there. Some days we are gone from 9:30am to 8:30pm. Makes for a long day, but we can get a lot done!
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