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  1. Training courses in Poland need funding

    Olga has a new request for funding, training courses in Poland for two NBH rehabilitologists. This rehabilitation program uses a method of “conductive education” (CE) developed by Hungarian András Pető. Pető was a Hungarian doctor, who has created a framework for an educational model, in which children with disabilities could have an education that met their particular physical and intellectual needs. CE has gained more and more acceptance in the education of children with motor disorders, for children who have cerebral palsy or brain injury. more

  2. Art Therapy update

    Updated news 7.5.2017 regarding “Art Therapy” after second Art Therapies has graduated here!

    Almost six months have passed since the launching of the new art therapy rehabilitation program. It has become the most favorite occupation for all children at NBH. The project has overcome all, even the most optimistic prognoses and expectations. Children just love it. And the results are also incredible: the most “difficult” and closed children reveal their inner world, gain trust toward grown-ups. more

  3. Update: “I will manage everything if my mum is nearby”

    Updated news 25.12.2016 regarding next phase of “I will manage everything if my mum is nearby” here!

    At the beginning of 2016 we started a new and revolutionary project at NBH, aimed for mums with a handicapped child. Today, we are happy to inform you that the biggest project of 2016 is progressing at full speed. All preparation work has been finished; all the rooms have been dismantled.

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  4. Success: anti-Flu Vaccine for NBH & KrBH 2016

    Winter brings not only holidays, presents and lots of fun by outdoors games with the snow but also lots of extra worries for the doctors because it is the season of viruses and flus.
    As always, unfortunately there was no budget available to buy anti-flu vaccine nor for necessary winter medics for the children of the orphanages in Ukraine.
    And as always Les Amis de Svieta came to help. It has become the tenth year when our friends in America, Helen and Jim Smith (the leaders of Svieta Inc.) have kindly paid for more than 100 doses of anti-flu vaccine for NBH.

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  5. 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!

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  6. 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!!!

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    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 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.

  7. Art Therapy Rehabilitation Room at NBH finished!

    Almost half a year ago we launched the biggest project of 2015: ART-THERAPY REHABILITATION ROOM!

    We are proud to announce that the art therapy rehabilitation room is now finished.

    We have decided to postpone the grand opening till Olga Ivanovna is back to work after cancer treatment but otherwise the children are already enjoying the lessons and sessions of art therapy. more

  8. 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. more

  9. 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! more

  10. Isolation Room at NBH

    Updated news April 4th, 2015 isolation room project completed!

    The main purpose of the isolation room is to prevent contagious diseases from being spread from a child to other children. If a child gets ill and doctors suspect any kind of infection it must immediately be separated from the rest of the children. In this case it is put in the isolation room. There a child will be properly examined, diagnosed and treated till there is no more danger for the other children in their group.

    The two big rooms contain several beds each (which from the very beginning ruins the idea of children being separated from each other), a small kitchen and a bathroom. Everything is in terrible state and does not correspond to todays standards nor sanitary norms. In such a state it cannot avoid infections from spreading but could itself become the source of infections.


    We plan to rebuild the two rooms by making more small rooms, divided by plastic walls, with one bed in each room and also repair the kitchen and the bathroom so ill children will be able to recover quickly.

    Total cost of this project is $10.000. It will be one of the main project for 2014.
    The realization of this project will:
    – allow treating of the infectious diseases within the orphanage;
    – decrease sickness rate among the children;
    – improve living conditions of the children (especially of ill children).

    Update January 2015
    We are glad to inform you that in spite of all difficulties: terrible inflation in Ukraine and complicated political situation, in October we have started the biggest project of 2014 – the repair of Isolation room at NBH.

    No need to tell that LAdS builds all life supporting systems (electrical, water supply and sewerage systems) from zero, completely new.

    Much attention is paid to proper isolation of the walls; of course, under the conditions when nobody knows how much the gas will cost… it has become question number one.

    New metal – plastic construction, which will separate small boxes for ill children have been ordered and installed.

    The project is in its finishing phase: new tiles in the bathroom and kitchen look great.

    Considering terrible inflation in the country sponsor had to unite the efforts: thus lot’s of materials were bought with the help of another sponsors both foreign and local.
    Besides, our friends and partners Helen and Jim Smith completely paid new custom made furniture for the whole isolation block! (the furniture is being made)
    Without such collaboration and bringing attempts together this project would never be possible.
    Millions of thanks for all participating parts!


    Update April 2015

    We have great news! Isolation room is FINISHED!!!

    Now instead of two big rooms with many beds there are four separate blocks, which are separated from each other by plastic walls.

    The isolation room has a completely equipped kitchen and a bathroom so that ill children can be taken care of absolutely separate from the rest of the kids which prevents spreading of any infection.

    The post of the nurse can give odds to the best hospitals of Ukraine. Such working conditions will allow necessary and quick medical help.

    Please help and visit this page to find out how you can donate!
    Or just click on the “PayPal Donate” logo in the right column.