Marina's Kids has been formed just three and a half years ago, but in this short time we have helped many orphans and other disadvantaged children of Ukraine. We now work in close to 30 location, effecting the lives of about 3,000 children. We have many programs, including hosting: a cultural exchange program where orphans from Ukraine come to US for Summer/ winter break. To see more of what we do please visit our website: www.marinaskids.org
This ministry started from a life long desire to help orphans. I was 14 when I got to know an orphan, girl in Riga, where I lived at the time. I knew then, helping kids like her was my calling in life. Over time I have worked in different capacities with different kids needing help. After my trip back to the country of my birth, Ukraine, in December of 2010, I realized that it was time for the next big step, our own organization. That would enables us to do so much more, help so many more orphans- make a difference in their lives. Through our organization we can also enable others to do the same. I am amazed at how much we have been able to accomplish so far, but it is still just scratching the surface. I would like to encourage you to join us on journey. See more of what we have done on our website and how you can help. www.marinaskids.org
Marina's Kids is fantastic. We have a lasting vision for our kids and families. Encouraging families not to JUST host but to mentor for the future. We work hard not only for the kids but our host families. Families most graciously share their hearts and love of Christ with our amazing children making families VIP's. Returning the children to Ukraine is very difficult and we work to keep families connected with their child/ren. Families want to stay connected with their children and children want to continue to feel special after returning to Ukraine. We are giving families the ability to connect with the children through letters, little packages, birthday parties, skype or phone calls when available. There is such a great distance between families and child/ren It is very important to help keep them connected. We plan our first mission trip for host families to visit their children in the spring of 2014.
This is about mentoring a child through some tough times and focusing not only on the time here in the U.S. but also making them feel special when they return to Ukraine. We see such amazing changes in the kids and families it is an experience like none other. The kids return to Ukraine stronger and healthier, their grades go up, self confidence goes through the roof. For many children who have no family in their life knowing that someone cares about them, and that someone simply has their picture on the wall is life altering. Hosting and mentoring makes such a positive impact for the future of our children.
Marina's Kids has made a big impact in the lives of many orphans in just the 2 years it has been around. The kids everyday lives have improved from better facilities, clothing, hygeine supplies and much more. The orphans eagerly await Marina's twice yearly visit and are sad to see her go. But she stays in contact with many of them in between visits .
We founded Marina's Kids to help disadvantaged children to build a better future. We are currently working with orphans in Ukraine in a few locations. We work to improve their living conditions through facilities improvements. We also provide needed personal items, supplies for the orphanages and technical school, and clothing for children. Marina visits the children twice a year, and remains in contact via phone calls to build relationships with the children and to mentor them. This winter we are undertaking our first hosting program to give orphans the opportunity to visit the US. The board members and officers are not paid for their time which allows us to allocate the maximum available funds to the projects we take on for the children.