Care about children
“Almaz” Church volunteers from Kyiv visit 3 orphanages for children with disabilities regularly:
Orphanage in Znamenka (Kropyvnytska region)
Orphanage in Zaluchchia (Ivano-Frankivska region)
Orphanage in Romanov (Zshytomyrska region)
In each of these orphanages live around 100 children.
What do we do during outreaches
We become friends with children, tell them Gospel, bring them small presents, and try to show them that there is somebody in this World who care about them.
We attract finances, and bring in every trip necessary to the orphans things in their everyday needs.
Usually the program of our outreaches include the following:
– Communication with children
– Culinary, creative workshops
– Bible studies
– Bible stories telling and drama performance
– Worship songs
– Communication with personal and administration
Care about personal in the orphanages
We sincerely believe that we need to care not only about children in the orphanages, but also
about the staff who work there. After we leave the orphanage, staff stays there with the children 24/7. This work is very challenging and exhausting, however it is paid very small. If workers in the orphanages are motivated and feel that their work is valuable, they care about children better.
Every time we visit an orphanage we try to do something pleasant for the staff, even if it is just sweets and tea, just listening to their stories. Furthermore, we try to share Gospel with them.
One of the main things children in orphanages need, especially children with disabilities, is care and love. Of course, the staff cares about children a lot, but the ratio of the tutors to children who need help in their everyday needs is around 1:15. Children need tenderness, care and communication. All this they can receive from volunteers. The more volunteers come to the orphanage, the more care they can receive from children.
It is especially wonderful time when volunteers can spend 2 or more days in an orphanage.