Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Hi from Ukraine

Love to everyone from the Wrights.
Today we went to the orphanage that Ed has been supporting. The place was more like a large family than an orphanage. This women named Valentina has adopted about 13 children and her and her husband have given these children every opportunity as if they were her own. She was such a happy, colourful, energetic soul that you couldn't help but admire and adore her. Ed has such a great vision for this place. He sees this camp as a place for orphans from all over the Ukraine to come to and have a fun, healing time for a while in the summer. There are some very poor elderly people in this village and Valentina has been trying to help them too. She is going to bring the needs of the children and the needs of the elderly together and start training the children to care for the elderly. Cooking, biulding things, carrying water and such so the kids learn these life skills and the elderly get to live through the winter. Then eventually the orphange can be kind of a seniors home in the winter months. Sounds like a great idea to me.
Well, I guess we will be home soon. Already planning my next trip back and taking notes for what to bring, what worked well and what could be done differently.
Love Julie

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