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Joy, Smiles and New Friends

– Posted in: Children's Embassy Ukraine

Thank you Viktor Dinvich and Awana-UA for the delightful day at Friend’s House. Teams competed and gained sweet prizes. All 33 kids enjoyed the surprise day. There was also time for God’s Word. One of the interesting events was the market where the kids could spend their ”prize money”. It was a lot of fun.

Weekly greetings from the Ukrainian team

– Posted in: What we do

Social media and hot summer. When it is +31 behind the window (sometimes +40), I and my laptop need some cooling./ Tanya V. Two more weeks of intensive work with numbers, and then summer holiday./ Julia We have started preparations for the autumn school campaign./ Katerina and Viktor We are preparing for the opend doors

A Student’s Blog

– Posted in: Children's blog

This is one of the most demanding periods in my life. I should soon gain my diploma. These four years have gone really quickly; this is my last term and the national exams start in a while.As I'm going to be TV reporter, I not only write but also shoot. There is a lot of

Weekly greetings from the Ukrainian team

– Posted in: Actual news

We deliver the clothes the Swedish friends brought. The families are very grateful for the support./ Katerina & Viktor Friend's House provides summer activities for children. We take good care of our garden, and we make excursions./ Natalya & Nadya Social media are constantly changing. I want to keep our site interesting and informative. My

Summer joy

– Posted in: Friend's House

Interesting days are not waiting around the corner - we need to embrace them. The kids from Friend's House visited the Bobrovitcha District museum and learnt lots of interesting things about the area.And we had a swim in the river. A summer day full of joy! / Tanya

Weekly greetings from the Team in Ukraine

– Posted in: What we do

 heavy rain caused some extra work for us. We wash the windows and plant flowers. Friend’s House must be ready for our visitors. / Tanja B Data technology is good when it works, but when the accounting program starts coughing, problems are coming. I had to travel to Kyiv to resolve the problem with the

The spring campaign is over

– Posted in: Help families

Animals, plants and seeds were bought for 22 families. A total of 180 heads of poultry and two pigs are now growing in the yards. The families asked us to extend their gratitude to everyone who donated: Thank you for your helpWe are so grateful for the invaluable help. We will take good care of

Children’s blog

– Posted in: Children's blog

Time goes fast on the fields. I help my Mom. I spread the fertilizer and sorted potatoes. We already had our field plowed, and we plant potatoes and onions and sow carrots. It will be nice to see everything starting to grow. Spring is a time of much work./ Sveta, 14

Thank you!

– Posted in: Help families

Part of the families already have received their chickens, ducks, geese and other poultry. The next market day will be on Saturday. Thank you for your help, which makes this possible! / Katerina

Weekly greetings from the Team

– Posted in: What we do

The whole team is thankful to The While Label Agecy for the MacBooks. They are an excellent gift and a joy to work with, although it takes some learning to go from PC to Mac. It is so warm that the families' poultry can be bought: chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys. The kitchen garden of Friend's

They need our help

– Posted in: Urgent Needs

Natalia is a single mother of three - the youngest one is handicapped. They live in a one-room hut where the heating/cooking oven needs repair. The repair costs about 230 Euro. Natalia also needs help plowing her vegetable garden and buying seeds. Your support will be much appreciated./ Katerina Write down the target of your

Weekly greetings from the Team

– Posted in: What we do

- The last preparations are being made before sowing. We hope for a good harvest. - Our Ukrainian Team attended a three-day media conference in Kyiv. The experience was purely positive. We heard an interesting lecture on how to make a video with just one camera. Soft transitions with the zoom and panorama. A good

It’s easy to help

– Posted in: Help families

The first seeds were bought and 22 families received seeds for their gardens. This is a great joy for them. Thank you for supporting the families who will now have vegetables for next winter. The families write: We are so thankful for your support every year. This is a valuable help at the right time

Weekly greetings from the Team

– Posted in: What we do

Thank you Kristina and Bertil for the new washing machine in Friend's House. The old one stopped working. The team meeting was held by the updated staff. Many changes have taken place in our work.Mirjam gave a masterclass on the KonMari organization method. Tanya and her children are temporarily living in Friend's House.The team is

So good to be together

– Posted in: Friend's House

Boas and I (Mirjam) arrived in Pisky today and met our favourite Team.Bertil and Kristina are visiting us from Sweden. Today, Bertil helped Nadia bake buns. Mmmm. Kristina helped Katerina and Sveta arrange the clothes they brought for the children from Sweden.They are now visiting families with Viktor and Katerina.You can't imagine what our kitchen

News from the Ukrainian Team

– Posted in: What´s new in Ukraine

Thank you all who donated for the spring action! Next Saturday, we are going with the families to the market foor seeds. Plants, chickens etc will be bought later, near May.Friend's House celebrates two birthdays this week: Alyosha is 14 today, and Alyona is 13 on Thursday.We welcome a new member in our Team: Tanya

Spring holidays give time for plans

– Posted in: What we do

No children come to Friend's House during the spring holiday. We have been planning the hobby circles, picnics, Sunday school, birthdays and story-reading sessions.More colours in Friend's House! The walls are painted in the traditional Ukrainian style.Our storage soon looks good. We bought baskets, hangers and other necessities.There is always something to repair. We only

Birch sap recipe

– Posted in: What´s new in Ukraine

Birch sap is healthy and cleansing. It does you good after the winter. Sap is good as such, or canned, or as part of home brew.This is how you can preserve birch sap:Boil up 3 litres of sap, add sugar to taste, several slices of lemon or orange. Close the lids, and the drink is

Spring seeds provide food for the year

– Posted in: Current Campaign

Our annual spring action is now starting and continues to the 31st of March. The money collected will buy seeds, plants, chickens and geese, pigs, calves… for poor families with children. In our small village Pisky, growing food is no hobby – it’s a necessity. The prices are soaring, and many families cannot even buy

Happy School

– Posted in: Kids Sunday school

Tanya's team led the Sunday school again. The kids always have nice and interesting things to do with them. Every Saturday brings something new, and the warm smiles, fascinating films and cheerful games indoors and outdoors are something the kids love. Our Sunday school is a Happy School./ The Team

Thank you for helping

– Posted in: Help families

After the horrible fire, we lived in the summer kitchen. We had no money to connect electricity there. It was so difficult, as if we were living a hundred years ago. Can you imagine what it is to live with three children without electricity?Now I wish to sincerely thank everyone who helped my family. May

Cooking, photographing and presenting!

– Posted in: Children's blog

Sveta of the youngster group in Friend's House presents us her cooking skills and tells us about herself. Hi!It's spring and the sun is shining. I love cooking. Here you see my special chips. They are just lovely. I also made salad Olivie with a surprise. I make salad Olivie with a surprise Time for

Team working and resting

– Posted in: What we do

After the long Women's Day weekend, our team is at work again, although not quite full. Sveta and Katya have a holiday. We are writing letters to our regular donors and the children's sponsors. We take photos, and the children contribute with their greetings and drawings. The spring action for seeds and plants and chickens

It’s easy to do good

– Posted in: Help children

May God bless all you who are not indifferent to children's needs. Your help is valuable and necessary. Thank you for being part of Zhenya's life. He has glasses now, and his sight will probably be saved. Mother Maria gives thanks for the medicines, too. Medicines and glasses are so expensive that she could not

Youngsters getting on

– Posted in: Children's blog

The youth group in Friend's House in action.The youngsters are more creative than we are; they have their new approaches. They have learnt to use Instagram with all its functions. It's interesting and fun to be around them. Sveta took some fascinating photos and tells us about her life./ Tanya Hi, I'm Sveta. I'm 14

Spring is Here

– Posted in: What we do

Once a month, we buy groceries for the children in Friend's House and Sunday school. This means much to them.Our storage for humanitarian help items is being scrubbed from top to bottom.The dance group is preparing for a dress rehearsal on Thursday and for the great premiere in the Women's Day feast in the village

“I have lunch at school”

– Posted in: Help children

Your donations provide warm lunches for 46 schoolchildren. Thank you for this significant help, the children are grateful. - The food at school is so good that I want to take more./ Arsen, 7 - I no longer have stomach pain now that I have lunch at school. I used to eat at home after

Life in Friend’s House

– Posted in: What we do

The social welfare services in Bobrovitcha asked us to help a family whose house burned down. The dance club is preparing a performance for Women's Day. The dress rehearsal on the stage takes place this week. The children read fairy tales and discuss their heroes daily in Friend's House. The food prices have soared by

How to make friends with a horse ?

– Posted in: Children's blog

My best friend is Mayor. I love it. We have a small farm, and I help grandmother and uncle in the work. Best of all are the horses. They understand and know everything, and they are kind. May I introduce my friends: Selfie with my dog Jack Out with Mayor Our horse Aza Cat Murzik

Planning, working, enjoying

– Posted in: What we do

Thanks to our generous friends, we could provide firewood for all the families who needed them. Winter is soon ending, and we are preparing for the spring activities./ Sveta There is still some snow, but the kids are impatiently waiting for the football season./ Viktor We made Valentine cards recently, and now we are making

Having a good time

– Posted in: Friend's House

On Mondays, the Instagram team bustles around in Friend's House. They are youngsters who can tell lots of interesting things about the life in our village. The younger ones are not bored, either - everyone has their favourite games. And there are the dance lessons./ Nadya

Hi, I’m Kolya!

– Posted in: Children's blog

I love football, the nature and Friend's House. In Friend's House, Nadya Mihailivna helps me with the homework. I could not manage it alone at home. I'm in the 8th grade at school. When I finish school I want to become carpenter or YouTuber, but there's still time to think about it. Photography is nice.

Challenge accepted

– Posted in: Children's Embassy Ukraine

A good night’s sleep, healthy food, minimum Internet time, much love and understanding – this is the basis of a child’s mental health. I learnt this on Jennifer’s interesting lectures. We cannot change everything, but we can help and support a child./ Tanya Great informationThank you Jennifer for coming from Sweden to teach us recognize

Thanks for the warmth!

– Posted in: Help children

Our Dad died recently. It is difficult for Mom, and we miss him much. We received a lot of firewood, and now our home is warm. Thanks for the warmth! Here I am with my sisters and Mom, happy of the firewood. / Ruslana, 10

Thanks from a family

– Posted in: Help families

Mother of three turned to us for help. The social allowance was not enough for buying firewood. She went through the snow and frost daily to find something to heat the house with.Today, they received plenty of wood. Mother and children thank all warm-hearted helpers. / Viktor Skripetch

Julia interviews 12-year-old Dasha

– Posted in: Children's blog

Dasha: "I love animated films, cats and delicacies." Young artist Dasha left her home in eastern Ukraine and moved to Chernigiv province four years ago. She tells us about her film heroine, her love of cats and how she slept in the potato cellar. Why did you move house?"I was 8, when we had to

Winter in my village

– Posted in: Children's blog

Illustrated greetings from SvetaWinter here in Pisky is great. Here are a few photos. Wintry spruce The school library My little sister going to school Winter swim to commemorate the baptism of Christ Sunset in wintry forest I want to touch the sky Our winter here is fabulous. Friends are invited to see it! Winter

Meet Nazar and Kyrill

– Posted in: Friend's House

These boys are planning to be building constructors. They are already training in Friend's House and telling us about the houses of their dreams. Kyrill is going to build a three-floor house of straw and invite lots of friends there.This sounds great. Perhaps this is the beginning of two architects' careers.Nazar and Kyrill send everybody

On Monday mornings, we have a team meeting

– Posted in: What we do

We begin the day with prayer and Bible reading together.On Monday mornings, we have a team meeting. All the week's work needs to be planned. Relief work, Sunday school, work in Kyiv and any urgencies.This time, a family with three children needs firewood. Their home is cold.We have the money for the wood, but nobody

A nice week

– Posted in: Children's blog

Yess! Our winter holiday continues with the school quarantine. I visited my cousin. To celebrate the extra holiday, I decided to try spectacles. The power of these was 0.0. "Shedrivka" means singing from door to door. It was nice and cool. I'm ill and will not go out. Mother said it is cold and I'll

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