Our team of 15 people has met some new 90 friends at the orphanage in Nikolaevka Odessa region. It took us about 3 hours to get there. The road is very ruined and it seemed that we were driving somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
This is one of those orphanages that nobody visits during the year. During our short visit - 1.5 hours we became very good friends and DO want to come back in summer 2009 to run the summer camps.
There were about 90 wonderful children!!! They were so special and were catching every word we were saying.
They loved to play games and just have fun!!!
In the very end of our time the children mad a perfomance for us. It was very nice of them to wear the national costumes and sing beatiful Ukrainian songs.
We were happy to deliver the Christmas presents to them. It really made their day!!!
Then we moved forward and went to the village close by - Vasilevka. We gathered in the very cold facility where there was no heat at all. In spite of the cold there were 18 kids wating for us in order to play and have a good time together.
The kids did wonderful!!!
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We would like to give special thanks to Odessa Mission Possible ofice for giving us the shoeboxes from Samaritan's purse for the children and the missionary from Yuzhny church - Alexandr Velev for inviting us and providing the transportation.