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Shoes for Zurupinsk boarding school

Lack of clothes and especially shoes for children have always been a problem for all Ukrainian orphanages. If we are talking about boarding school for children between 5 and 18, plus economical situation when all the prices in Ukraine have exploded, you can say without any hesitation this is one of the biggest problem nowadays.

That’s why when ZuBS applied to Les Amis de Svieta with the request to help them to buy shoes for children, we knew right away we had to help somehow. Luckily enough we had an opportunity to get 50 pair of shoes at a very good price , which were paid by our friend and sponsor Hanni.


Thank you Hanni for your kindness, generosity, care and participation. Your contribution constantly has been helping Ukrainian children all these years!


Olga Ivanovna is scheduled for radiation therapy in Kiev

Updated news January 23rd, 2016 Olga Ivanovna is doing fine and coping well with radiation therapy!


Olga Ivanovna goes to Kiev for yet an other chemo therapy

Updated news December 31st, 2015 Olga is at home, recovering from chemo therapy!

A big THANK YOU to all of you who have donated money to make this cancer treatment possible!!!

Olga Ivanovna and her daughter Sasha waiting outside the night train from Nikolaiev to Kiev.

Update December 31st, 2015
Olga is currently at home in Nikolaiev, recovering from chemo therapy. Olga still feels weak and gets tired quickly but sickness is almost gone. Olga goes to work at NBH for a few hours each day.
In 2016, Olga will have to travel again to Kiev, for Radiation Oncology.

Needless to say, we urgently need more donations to enable Olga to continue the best treatment for her particular situation. Please help!

Donations for Olga Ivanovna:
If you would like to donate, please contact Vika by email directly, so she can send you instructions on how and where to send money.

Here you can read about the operation in November 2015.
And here you can read how it all began at the beginning of October 2015.

Anti-Flu Vaccine for NBH & KrBH 2015

Updated news December 16th, 2015 Anti-Flu Vaccine program finished successfully!!!!

Nikolaiev Baby House and Kremenchuk Baby House need support for their yearly anti-flu vaccine program. Last year both Baby Houses were able to find sponsors for their respective anti-flu vaccination and this year we would like to help NBH & KrBH to find sponsors again! The success story was posted here.

Max and Yaroslav on the way to Kiev

Updated news November 23rd, 2015 Max and Yaroslav on their way home to Nikolaiev!!!!

Max, Yaroslav and Vika went by train to Kiev. It is the third trip for Max, while for Yaroslav it is the second trip.

Max on the left and Yaroslav

Max on the left and Yaroslav

Max has to go to Kiev every six month or so. We reported about his second trip here.


Michail has inborn immunodeficiency

Vika and Michail travelled to Kiev for a first time in May and she travelled with Michail a second time to Kiev on September 28th.
Michael suffers from an rare form of inborn immunodeficiency. This means that his immune system does not work properly and can’t resist infections (though he is not HIV positive) and second his body does not keep protein which he receives with food.

Michael 2
Michail is already 13 months. What is strange, he is in good health. He is active and eats quite a bit.

URGENT: Olga Ivanovna, Director of NBH, sick, breast cancer!

Updated news October 1st, 2015 Olga was in Kiev and is back home, tumor size reduced!

Olga Ivanovna, Director of the Nikolaiev Baby House (NBH), has developed cancer and requires urgent treatment. Unfortunately in Ukraine, patients have to pay everything themselves. Public health insurance does not exist and Olga will receive only the treatment she can pay for. If she cannot pay for required medication (chemo therapy), she will not get it. We need donations!

Zurupinsk boarding school (ZuBS)

Les Amis de Svieta has quite a long ‚relationship‘ with the boarding school of Zurupinsk (ZuBS). It was back in 2006 when we first met Olga Igorivna, the girl from Zurupinsk.
Zurupinsk boarding school is similar to ‘school internat’ N°5 in Nikolaiev, where children go after they leave NBH. The only difference is that disabled children go to Zurupinsk boarding school, where they study and learn a profession, if that is at all possible for them.
In 2015 Karina was sent to ZuBS and so we had learned of their needs to improve the living conditions of those disabled orphans.

Zurupinsk boarding school

Zurupinsk boarding school


Zurupinsk boarding school

Do you remember Karina, who was born with Apert syndrome and who did quite a few trips and operations, at the time she lived at NBH?

When the girl grew up she was moved to special boarding school for disabled children, which is situated in a little town of Zurupinsk (Kherson’s region). This spring we went to visit her and thus got to know this orphanage (ZuBS), its wonderful inhabitants and very friendly director.

Karina at her new home has grown up tremendously

Karina at her new home has grown up tremendously


Art Therapy Rehabilitation Room at NBH

NBH has a new big project, the ‘Art Therapy Rehabilitation Room’ project, a continuation of the existing rehabilitation programs.
Nikolaev’s Baby House (NBH) has become known all over Ukraine as a pioneer orphanage and one of the best in the country rehabilitation center and all this due to the numerous rehabilitation programs which successfully work, helping its little inhabitants to survive the terrible stress and trauma of being abandoned, and to overcome psychological and physical disabilities in order to be able to adjust socially in the future life.

Classes of Montessori, hydro, and physic therapies, rooms of sensor development and interactive floor, outdoor swimming pool and massage center, built up to the latest European standards new isolation room and many others: we are proud we have achieved that much due to your kindness and participation, our dear Sponsors!

Montessori class

Montessori class

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