Ukraine was something new for us when at Christmas 2014 we wanted to see how people manage there in the midst of Crimean occupation and the war in the east. Mirjam and Boas Adolphi introduced us to some families, to Friend's House, and to the Ukrainian Team. Since then, not one day has passed without
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Do you find it hard to think of gifts to your near and dear ones? I do. For instance, my mother. She already has everything she needs, and bookshelves full of books waiting to be read. What should I buy her for Christmas, birthday, Mother's Day? I have now made a new habit of donating
It's sad that the children are in quarantine 😢But we have a lot of happy memories to share with you. Here are a few photos of Hannu & Oili from their first visit to Ukraine, Christmas 2014. New and impressive experiences...
Our sixth Christmas in Ukraine was once again colored by the tension over the war in Eastern Ukraine - despite the cease-fire agreement, it is being shooting at Ukrainian targets every day. The political situation is also escalating and the people are gathering for demonstrations. The weather was "like in May" when we, together Viktor
Hannu & Oili Räsänen's Christmas visit to Children's Embassy, Ukraine. Our Christmas in Ukraine is over. What did we learn? We felt this in a tangible way, as we went shopping and delivered food and Christmas presents to families. Many friends and many unknown people donated money and knitted warm presents to bring warmth and
Did we think we could escape the commercial fuss of Christmas by travelling from Finland to Ukraine? We ended up shopping with the Children's Embassy Team in a gigantic market: the season's foodstuffs for dozens of families in Kiev and Pisky and the refugee centre. The fuss in the market was rather tiresome, but the
The first ringing of the school bell started the school year beautifully. Everyone was dressed nicely and carried flowers. Mothers, fathers, grandmothers and little siblings followed. Viktor and we came to see Oksana’s children. Music, speeches, poems. The first and last classes marched into their places. Finally, the biggest boy lifted the smallest girl on