In mid-March we were very busy supplying the orphanages and the children’s hospitals which we support in Eastern Europe, with supplies of medicines and hygiene products –
The Brain-Damaged Baby Orphanage
The Children’s Cancer Hospital in Odessa
The Teenage Boys Prison
and trying to get the Extensions finished at the House of Hope
That was taking a lot of effort and finance, when we were suddenly confronted with one the most critical needs we’ve ever encountered. We were informed by our manager, Peter, and team in Odessa that the authorities had dismissed all the orphans from five orphanage boarding schools into which our teams minister – 552 from 7 to 17 years old – and told them to “go home’’ but most of them didn’t have homes to go to – many had been removed from homes that were very unsafe. These Orphans from the boarding schools are now on the streets or in filthy and dangerous hovels.
Survival Bags with purchased foods, medicines and hygiene products prepared by the teenagers and children at the House of Hope are being packed each day, with great joy to be delivered each day to villages in the Odessa province to the orphans and destitute families.
In the last month, the teams have traveled 12,000 kms, visited 42 villages in the region shown on the map, been able to reach, provide for and help 1,873 children (give them Survival Bags of food, medicines, hygiene products as well as Bibles), given Survival Bags and Bibles to 704 destitute families
These amazing results came out of searching for 552 Orphans from the Orphans Boarding Schools into which we were ministering. We found out from Child Protection Services that a total of 2072 children who were “evicted” from all the Orphanage Boarding Schools in the Odessa Province. Our teams have found and provided for 1,873 children so far. [this figure now stands at over 3,500 children! as at 7th June]
Hundreds led to Jesus, and Churches to be planted there after quarantine lock-down lifted!
Odessa Poor Family
This destitute family with five children was in a shocking condition. Hard to comprehend. The little baby, being fed by his sister, has a serious heart condition and the parents don’t seem to care. Social workers came with Peter and they decided to try to do something to help this family. The children are totally neglected. The Child Protection Services worker tried to get an answer to a simple question, "What do the kids eat?" "Show me what kids eat?" The "mother" got out a plate of raw buckwheat that was just soaked in water (not even cooked) and started feeding the baby. Our local team was shocked. The food the team brought them was a huge blessing. The Child Protection Services are now trying to rescue these children, but now at this time, the whole system is on a slowdown. We’ll keep persisting with this very needy case.
Teenagers with a Dying Mother
This is a brother and sister with their mother who is 45 years old. She is sick with HIV and has non-communicable TB. The father lives separately from them and periodically comes in drunk and rowdy. This is a “home” to which the kids were sent for quarantine!
A Widow with four children – one seriously handicapped
This is the first family that Peter, our Odessa manager, visited in T----- village where we support an Orphans Boarding School. This is a very friendly Christian family. The mother was widowed 9 years ago. She has 4 children, one of them seriously handicapped. He is 22 years old.
The young boy in the blue shirt, next to Peter on the right, is hopefully graduating from boarding school, this year. Peter asked them if they would come and live in House of Hope. So that they can hope for better future, the disadvantaged boy can have better care, and the other children be able to study. This mother would be an asset in the House of Hope caring for the homeless children.
Odessa House of Hope – the Homeless Children’s Centre
This is why we are trying to speed up the completion of the three-storey extensions to the House of Hope to take in at least the 53 orphans who we’d planned to accommodate earlier this year, and more like these needy children. Please help us to finish this vital accommodation.