Report from Sasha Kohen our manager in Europe: For many long months the attention of the world was focused on the plague named COVID-19. Country by country, like a falling domino house, went into the lockdown, sealing the borders, cancelling travel, closing schools and dramatically slowing down economies. No one could have imagined such drastic and sudden changes. As of today, almost 5 months into the “New World” over 525,000 people have died because of this unknown virus, leaving a bleeding wound that will take long time to heal. Probably the world we knew [...]
Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity over the last three months our local Rescue Teams in Odessa have visited 108 country villages, reached over 4,100 needy Orphans who were evicted from their Orphanage Boarding Schools (3,500 orphans more than we started searching for) and given out 1,400 picture Bibles and 1,500 Survival Packs of food, basic medicines and hygiene products to hundreds of needy families. I was stunned that they covered so much ground on horrendous roads in the present lockdown situation. The old vans have battled on horrendous roads with [...]
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We’ve been sending spare funds to for the construction work on the House of Hope. In between the Rescue Missions every day, Valera, our strong-man and builder, and the older boys, have progressed wonderfully on meagre funds to get as far as the roof construction and pouring concrete (pumped up from the concrete mixer truck on the road) to seal the top and get ready for the roof trusses and tiles. Then we need to get the plumbing, lighting, and fittings in the rooms and bathrooms all completed – to accommodate more [...]
Thank you... ...... all for your wonderful gifts and prayers for the Orphans and Homeless Children in Odessa at this critical time. You are such a blessing to hundreds of needy children and derelict families in their need. God bless you immensely. In 28 years of supporting Orphans in Eastern Europe I’ve never seen the level of gratitude that the orphans and homeless kids of Ukraine are showing. With a gift like yours, these orphans are realizing that God notices them in their dire need – it’s a beautiful revelation to them. Giggling kids [...]
Odessa Homeless Kids Soccer Club In April 2017, Sasha, my Russian manager, and I were in Kiev doing outreach seminars to the Rugby Chaplains and the Ivan Bogun Military Academy for teenage orphans of fallen Ukrainian soldiers. Then we went to Odessa to do some Evangelism Equipping seminars in a small local church. At that time Peter E....., our Ukrainian manager, took me to meet the Homeless Kids Soccer Team who were working out at the Odessa Soccer Academy. I kicked a ball around with them for a while, gave them some some “ancient” soccer tips from my youth, [...]
In mid-March we were very busy supplying the orphanages and the children’s hospitals which we support in Eastern Europe, with supplies of medicines and hygiene products – The Brain-Damaged Baby Orphanage The Children’s Cancer Hospital in Odessa The Teenage Boys Prison and trying to get the Extensions finished at the House of Hope That was taking a lot of effort and finance, when we were suddenly confronted with one the most critical needs we’ve ever encountered. We were informed by our manager, Peter, and team in Odessa that the authorities had dismissed all the orphans from five orphanage [...]