Recent Posts

  1. Current situation at NBH and ZuBS

    NBH children: they are still in Chernovtsy. Everyday Nataliya Grigorenko (director and chief doctor) is asking for permission to go back to Nikolaiev but the government does not allow to bring the children back yet. Meanwhile they are getting used to their new place, though the condition they are living in can’t be compared to how it was in Nikolaiev.


  2. Support of the orphanages during the war

    The steering committee has decided to support the two orphanages NBH and ZuBS regardless of the war and regardless of the further course of the war, as long as this is possible.
    Svieta Inc, the American branch of Friends of Svieta is also unreservedly ready to continue supporting the two orphanages and their residents.


  3. Verena Bodmer new member of the steering committee

    At today’s board meeting we were pleased to welcome Verena Bodmer, who is standing for election as a member of the steering committee (SC).

    Verena has been a member of the Friends of Svieta since the founding of the association last June and would now like to be even closer to the action on the SC.


  4. NBH has been evacuated

    The worst thing we were all afraid of has happened. NBH has been evacuated. It all happened very quickly. In the evening the chief doctor was told next morning they must be ready for evacuation.


  5. Ukraine: call for donations

    Update March 27th 2022

    Zurupinsk boarding schoold is still intakt. It is impossible to evacuate ZuBS because they have too many severe disabled children who can only be transported by ambulances. Luckily it is quite in the city. The orphanage is situated right near the main high way to Crimea they see a lot of Russian military traffic.

    It is quite in the city and it seems normal life is coming back but people are told all the time that it can get worst any time soon.


  6. Robert needs our support

    The boy was born in March of 2019 in Zhitomir and abandoned by his mother right after birth. Robert suffers of a whole list of things: congenital cerebral palsy, psycho-motor developmental delay, fused toes, congenital deformity of the head, irritable bowel syndrome, cardiomyopathy, atrophy of the optic disk.


  7. New projects for 2022 !!!

    There are three big projects which we would like to realize in 2022:
    – 2 projects at NHB
    – 1 project at ZuBS

    We need your help. Please consider to donate or sponsor one of those 3 projects. Thank you very much in advance!


  8. Happy New Year 2022 !!!!

    We heartily thank our donators and friends for their continuous support in 2021 and hope it will continue in 2022! 2021 was a fantastic year for the new steering committee of Friends of Svieta. Thank you for continuing to support orphans in Ukraine.
    Take it easy and relax during holidays in order to start 2022 full of spirit and energy.


  9. Vika visits Switzerland

    Vika visited Switzerland for the holidays. We were able to discuss the situation in Ukraine, the ‘war’ on the eastern front with Russia, and the new Director at NBH amongst other things.


  10. ZuBS: Boarding School Zurupinsk

    Friends of Svieta also cooperates with Zurupinsk boarding school. Here, too, there are big changes. Since 2021, severely disabled children no longer have to leave the boarding school at the age of 18-24. From now on, if they want, they can stay in their “home” until the age of 35. more