June 8, 2012
I work with the Poltava Vocational project. I search for sponsors to help our kids further their education, in hopes of a better future. I have seen both sides of this coin. The girls that finished vocational training , were able to land their dream jobs and support themselves and become responsible young adults. I've watched as one young man, in tears, held the letter of his sponsor at the tip of his nose as this was as far as his vision would allow. With help of OBS, he has had surgery and gained a small portion of his sight. Although he was not accepted by the school, we continued to search for ways to help him become self sufficient. We bought chickens that he and his family could raise and sell eggs. I've seen a young girl become a mother and then abandoned by her baby's father. This would have been another orphan statistic, except for her sponsor stepped up to the plate and is funding her housing so she can continue her education and support her child. I've cried when kids lost their biological parents, knowing , that while they were not still in their lives or a good influence if they were, they were still the parents and with their death, the dream of ever reuniting with family died as well. When one student found her brother frozen in the street, OBS paid for his medications, thereby the boy lost only his toes and not his hands as well. We have been led to expand our program with the needs of our students and their families and that is what we do. The flexibility and support of the volunteers of OBS are far surpassed the ordinary. I am so grateful to be just a glimmer in the star that shines for the kids of Ukraine.
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