Several of you have emailed recently and asked how you can tangibly help kids like Kristina. She is the face of literally thousands of children in Ukraine. Most who have no one coming for them. There are a handful of organizations that I feel comfortable recommending. I know that the money or donations you provide actually goes to feed, clothe, and improve the living conditions of these children.
An Orphan's Bright Star - OBS has several projects going on right now. The Teterevka orphanage food need is urgent. Six dollars a month can feed one of the eight five boys housed there. Six dollars.
Frontier Horizon - this is the organization that I personally traveled with last spring. I've seen the money put to use. They are gearing up for their annual Christmas Wishes campaign. Consider choosing an orphan child to bless or have you office, church, or school sponsor several kids. Click on the Help tab on their website for more opportunities.
Operation Ukraine - OU works with orphanages in Artemivsk. They provide everything from formulas for infants at the baby house to construction projects for orphanage buildings that are crumbling around the children who live there.
UAC Ukraine - Clara Pascal has worked tirelessly for decades to change the lives of Ukrainian orphans. Her organization is unique in that they offer hope to orphans aging out of the system into an unknown future. Through the UAC Scholarship program, these kids have the opportunity to learn a trade and build a future for themselves. It is an chance to break the cycle of poverty and escape the statistics that await these kids. Fifty-seven dollars a month buys a nice dinner or a teen's chance at a life of dignity.
Many of us are bombarded with requests for donations every day through media and print and its difficult to know where to invest our gifts. The important thing is that we do something. What seems insignificant to us can make such an impact in the life of a child who thinks no one cares for him. It really does make a difference!