November 16, 2012
I was asked to help with agricultural projects at orphanages in Ukraine ( Odessa area) and took my first trip this past October. Upon visiting an orphanage in the Ukraine, I met Marina for the first time. What a joy it was to see how the children have bonded to her. She works very hard to raise money and collect clothes, in order to help fill the basic needs of these kids. She loves these kids, and does all she can to be like a parent that many of these kids do not have. On her twice annual visits, she spends time with these kids just before bed, reading stories, talking one on one with those who need a listening ear, encouraging every one she can, and tucking them in bed. The kids love this, and drink it up. She also stays in touch with these kids through phone calls, while she is back in the United States. Marina also works to fund maintenance, and rebuilding projects, so the kids have lovely bathrooms, to use and a warm house to live in through the cold winters. It was a joy to work with Marina, as she supports these kids in so many ways!!
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