Our team in Ukraine asks for your prayers!

Our team in Ukraine asks for your prayers!

Image by Mirjam Adolphi This morning, once again, everything turned upside down. The emotions were shocking. I wondered how the children felt. How their world has been turned upside down. Fear is everywhere in children’s world. Why?!/ Mirjam 10.10.2022 Eskilstuna, Sweden This day reminded me of the morning of February 24th. I was sitting at…

Yana’s story

Yana’s story

On 24 February, I woke up early in the morning, it was five o’clock. My mother wondered, “What’s with all that noice?” At first I didn’t understand what it was. But when she turned on the TV, I realised that a full-scale war had started, and it was Putin who started it. At 6 o’clock…

We Live in Ukraine

We Live in Ukraine

Members of Children’s Embassy Team describe their thoughts about everyday life in Ukraine. Raisa Mykolaevna, pedagogue in Friend’s House:My generation knows the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 from history lessons at school. I took my pupils to the historical museum in our village; its exhibition is entirely about that period.Now, we hear news about the…

Important matters… What my kids talked in the kitchen

Important matters… What my kids talked in the kitchen

The most sincere and earnest discussions take place in the kitchen. I realized this one evening when we baked gingerbread in the kitchen, and the kids started to talk about war. To be honest, I never believed that they thought about it. They were born in peaceful times, and they have only heard about wars…

We all want a happy new year, without pandemics without wars

We all want a happy new year, without pandemics without wars

We all want a happy new year, without pandemics without wars. Here in Ukraine, there are distant clouds of concern, but we are not depressed, we are looking ahead Reason must rule, not panic.  Thanks to all the help we have received through our emergency appeal, we have been able to replenish our stocks of…

Weekly 50 – Read all about it

Weekly 50 – Read all about it

13.12.2021 Our Christmas cards are on their way. You’ll have them before long. 13.12.2021 Crafting and Colours 14.12.2021 We’re painting a bit differently today. We paint on the windows, although there is frost. / Katerina – programme coordinator Baking in Friends House 15.12.2021 Covid-19 and its mutations travel around the world. It’s December, and it’s…

Warm Winter

Warm Winter

Warm Winter campaign November 18th through 30th. What can you do? How can you help? Buy warm clothes and shoes for a child. Purchase heating wood for a family. Contribute with a sum that suits just you. Even a small donation makes a child’s winter warmer. Winter is nearing day by day. Would you like…

Weekly 41 – Read all about it!

Weekly 41 – Read all about it!

Here we share with you the short articles that we have published in our social media accounts during the past week. Here we are again in Friend’s House Crafting in Friend’s House October 14th, Defenders and Defendresses of Ukraine Day! Congratulations on October 14th, Defenders and Defendresses of Ukraine Day! With love to Ukraine, Children…

Thank you all who participated in our school start campaign

Thank you all who participated in our school start campaign

Katerina, coordinator of helpprograms Thank you all who participated in our school start campaignIt was indeed necessary for the children. Many of them can now start their school in a good way. First we delivered clothes and shoes in Friend’s House. Our Swedish friends had collected them and sent them to us in Ukraine. Many…

Julia’s week

Julia’s week

Hang on – you may learn something new, something interesting. Hi! My name is Юлія. Although everyone in our team calls me Julia. It’s my turn to update our site this week. I can guarantee you some chaos 😀. Hopefully, you are very patient over the week 😉. My job is bookkeeping. I appreciate what…

Gifts from Sweden

Gifts from Sweden

Many thanks to our Swedish friends for the clothes and shoes you collected for Ukrainian children. Thank you for helping. We pass your love on to the children. Sonya, for instance, received clothes for the summer camp in the Carpathians. Sonya was happy when we found a pretty dress, trousers and swimming suit for her….

Spring Campaign

Spring Campaign

Spring means sowing. It is time to sow and plant the fields and kitchen gardens. Love to earth together with work can yield food to a family for the whole year. Many families in Ukraine cannot afford preparing their fields, renting a tractor for ploughing, not to speak of buying the seeds, seedlings and chickens….

Take good care of your head; there may be a brain there

Take good care of your head; there may be a brain there

I have cleared the 61 pages of instructions for the quarterly financial account. The theory is ok now, and all that is left is the practice. The process has started.🤯P.S. Katja has been my voluntary “psychologist, psychiatrist”. She has managed well.🤪When you come to Friend’s House, I can lend her to you as well.😀Julia, bookkeeper

Viktor Divnich writes:

Viktor Divnich writes:

Dear friends, volunteer initiative Центр Гостинності is continuing its mission to do good under the quarantine and the second wave. You are our priority partner. Our volunteers continue to collect clothes and other things for children and adults. We are with you. We carry on together… Katja, coordinator of Children’s Embassy relief programme, writes: Many…

Keeping Pace

Keeping Pace

I’m preparing to submit the new unified quarterly report. The instructions for filling in the reports consist of 61 pages. These “stable” amendments to legislation allow bookkeepers to increase their vocabulary constantly. Sometimes I would like to share my new skills with someone, but this would call for a psychiatrist-psychologist in our team. 😀 🤓…

Thank you for giving warmth

Thank you for giving warmth

Many thanks to Viktor Divnich, Volunteer Initiative “Волонтерська ініціатива – Центр Гостинності” for the coats and warm clothes you have collected for children in need. Thank you for not closing your eyes to the children’s needs. You have helped many times already in the same way. The need is great, for our winter is cold….

It’s Lockdown

It’s Lockdown

The children who have a smartphone can participate in remote teaching over Viber. The homework is in Viber as well.Nazar is waiting for his mother to return from work. He can then borrow her phone and see what homework he has for tomorrow.Everyone is waiting for the 24th of January. The lockdown should end then.

Shalom

Shalom

I want to wish you God’s peace. God’s Shalom for this year. Shalom is Hebrew and means peace. But this word shalom includes much more than peace. It talks also about security, health, rest, well-being, completion, and fullness. When Jesus pronounced the blessing on the disciples, He said:“Shalom aleichem”, “Shalom over you.” Receive God’s “Shalom…

Digi Leap

Digi Leap

Hello, my name is Nadia. I’m 71 and had to learn to use the smart phone and the computer at this age. It was because of the quarantine. The children who visited Friend’s House were under quarantine and I missed them. I wanted to talk to them and to know how they were doing. At…

WARM WINTER

WARM WINTER

In the picture: She takes the last part of the fence for firewood and remnants of the last firewood. “Tomorrow” they have nothing to heat their house with. Not only does this family have such a situation, but many families with children also need help. Help a child today – to warm up already “tomorrow.”…

Dubi Bear Is Lonely

Dubi Bear Is Lonely

I miss all the kids so much. Friend’s House used to be full of kids. It was nice. We played games, listened to stories and did homework together. Friend’s House – it’s my home. I joined the kids and listened to stories. Nadya always had something new and exciting to tell us. Zhenya is my…

What’s new-week 36

What’s new-week 36

Inhale happiness – exhale goodness!Have a nice weekend! School supplies 28.08.20 Viktor delivers rucksacks, clothes and school equipment to children. The pandemic involves great changes in the annual campaign. och skoltillbehör till barn. 31.08.20 The kids are waiting… It’s still unclear whether they start school tomorrow. We are waiting for information on the corona situation…

What’s new-week 35

What’s new-week 35

Happy weekend Thank You 2020.08.27 This beautiful letter is written by a grandmother who takes care of her grandson. Happy Independence Day Ukraine!!! 2020.08.24 Day of National Flag 2020.08.23 We congratulate Ukrainians on their Day of the National Flag, 23rd of August P.S. The photo was taken last autumn when our Ukrainian Team visited Sweden…

We are here

We are here

“Mirjam, we are here!” an overjoyed 14-year-old Zhenya writes. He is our “correspondent”, who reports to us from the children’s summer camp in words and photos. “We have arrived, but are still sitting in the bus, waiting for the kids from Kyiv. We will be 40 altogether!” Zhenya writes with great expectations. ”Summer camp at…

Spring campaign

Spring campaign

The closer spring came, the more I agonized about what to sow and plant in our kitchen garden. We had no potatoes left, not even for a soup. My prayers were answered abundantly. First, we were blessed with potatoes, then with seeds and seedlings for the kitchen garden. We are really grateful for your help….

The holiday is over, school starts tomorrow

The holiday is over, school starts tomorrow

Hi everybody, this is Zhenya.Guess what I’m doing?I’m packing my school bag.This is tragic news for pupils, such as me.Where’s the pencil case, and where are the books…I was supposed to read Russian, but forgot to. 😀You know what annoys me the most? The holiday lasted for three weeks, but it seemed like one single…

Thank you for your help at Christmas
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Thank you for your help at Christmas

We are so grateful for your help, which we appreciate highly. Thank you, and may God give you health and all good things./ Julia and mother Photo: Katerina Voloshin P.S. Ukraine celebrates Christmas on January 7th, according to the Julian calendar. Would you like to donate? The last day or our Christmas campaign is January…

Christmas is always an exciting time – especially in Pisky

Christmas is always an exciting time – especially in Pisky

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…

The turn of time

The turn of time

The road from our village, Pisky, to the nearest city, Bobrovistya is surrounded by vast farmlands, seemingly as big as the ocean, where you can see no end of it, just a tractor disappearing at the horizon. The road we are travelling seems endless, as there are no changes in our near surroundings. But then,…

Thanks to a good-hearted family who want to help

Thanks to a good-hearted family who want to help

Children’s Embassy Team thanks Andrey and his family who are willing to help others.“We are not rich, but we could help a family in the greatest need”, Andrey told by phone from Kyiv.He has helped another family before.I suggested that he could buy building material for a single mother with three children. The youngest one,…

Friend’s House provides understanding, listening and support.

Friend’s House provides understanding, listening and support.

Last week, our friend Stuart came from England. The children were happy to meet him. He helped them with their English homework. Our Story Corner was a bit different. The story was “Mrs. Butterfly”, which the children had already read at school. We took turns reading, the children and I.Friend’s House also teaches domestic skills….

Shared joy

Shared joy

Children love the Sunday school in Friend’s house Rhythmic moring gymnastics, a song of praise and a prayer together are a good start for the day. This time, they heard about kind David and learnt a verse by heart. They imagined what it would be like to be a king. Everyone had their own dreams….

Visiting day

Visiting day

Thank you for giving clothes to needy children in Ukraine.The kids were so happy for the warm clothes that our team brought from Sweden. Colder weather is approaching, and the clothes came just on time.Thank you for making this possible./ Katerina, coordinator of the relief programme

Children’s laughter fills Friend’s House 😀

Children’s laughter fills Friend’s House 😀

The children are always impatiently waiting for the weekend. If the weekend goes nicely and everyone is on a good mood, everything is fine.On Saturdays, Friend’s House is full of laughter from the morning on. Children from our own village and from villages around it arrive. Our local director Viktor Pavlovich fetches them by our…