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  1. Gas burner project at Zeleniy Gay

    Updated news here!
    Last year, we carried out a project to supply well water to the specialized orphanage of Zeleniy Gay (Kharkov region). We made a control visit last April and can state that everything functions in the best way and thanks to this project, the orphanage could save half of operating expenses for fresh water supply.
    This brought orphanage director another idea: consider a similar operation for its two ancient gas-burners (one of which doesn’t even run anymore).

    old gas heating unit for hot water


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  3. Montessori classroom in Kherson Baby House

    Director Svetlana Petrovna of Kherson Baby House has received the mandate to carry out a pilot project of a Montesorri classroom, similar to the one we helped realize for Nikolaiev Baby House in 2006.
    For more information about the classroom in Nikolaiev please read this article or that article.


  4. Call for donation

    For the two young girls Nataliya and Ilona we found a generous sponsor. Cordial thanks!
    Work on Montessori outdoor playground in Nikolaiev Baby House progresses. However financing is not yet completely secured.
    Directress and orphans at Nikolaiev Baby House welcome further donations.


    Before and now!

    Donations can be made here.


  5. Two young girls need your help

    Nataliya and Ilona are both 4 years old and suffer from congenital deformity of their arms and legs. Director Olga Ivanovna of Nikolaiev Baby House recently asked us to support them.

    Donations can be made here.


  6. Well water drilling project in Zeleniy Gay is completed

    The well water drilling project in Zeleniy Gay has evolved into a drinking water supply project and is finished now. At the time of our visit last October, the building protecting the intermediate storage tank was in the course of completion.


  7. Christmas cards 2006

    Xmas cards 2006 have left Kharkov printing company on November 2nd !

    We expect them to reach us by the end of the month at the latest.
    You can place your orders through:
    – for United States: ')
    – for France:
    – for rest of the world:

    Quantities are limited and we will proceed as first ordered first served.


  8. September/October trip report

    Sunday, October 15th

    Flight back via Munich, where I will stay a week for business. 🙄

    Saturday, October 14th

    We succeeded in finishing the purchase of the Montessori material at the market of Nikolaiev, not without difficulty. The remainder of the day was devoted to the assessment of the voyage and to the accounting.

    Friday, October 13th

    We spent the day trying to resolve the many last open points and to return to the Baby House of Nikolaiev. Great news: director Olga Ivanovna is invited to a series of seminars on health in Germany and Switzerland! Partly thanks to our assistance, she will leave tomorrow for a long trip by bus which will take her among other places also to Zurich, Bern and Geneva!


  9. Donation for Romashka

    At the time of the trip in December 2003, we had been charged by a French family with brining mail to Romashka (Chernivtsi Oblast). It was our first visit there at this orphanage for children from 4 to 8 years, located in a small village forty kilometers away from Chernivtsi…


  10. Donation for Krasnokutsk

    Before the journey in November 2004 we had been tasked by a French family to deliver post to Krasnokutsk (Kharkov Oblast). It was our first visit to this orphanage for children from 4 to 8 years, which is in outstanding condition…