The Kalinovka facility is located far off “the beaten path”, in rural southeastern Ukraine.
It is 52 kilometers (about 33 miles) from Melitopol and 45 kilometers (30 miles) south of the county seat of Chernigov. To travel by car from the provincial county seat requires two-and-a-half hours of car travel, including a single-lane final stretch of one gloriously pot-holed road.
For many years, Kalinovka was considered “off limits” to visitors. Until the volunteers of the Schastlivyi Rebyonok (Happy Child) charity began to visit in early 2007, it was stories from persons in the surrounding villages painted a bleak picture: malnourished, poorly clothed children; gifts brought for the children just “disappearing”; inspectors receiving bribes to overlook glaring problems.
In 2007, visits by volunteer organization Happy Child confirmed these stories: staff were too few (for example, one aide might be tasked with feeding thirteen or more patients, some of whom cannot easily swallow or digest normal food). As a result, the most severely disabled were at risk of dying from malnutrition.
Since many bedfast children are incontinent, the need for disposable diapers is never-ending. Bedsores, lice, and skin infections were also constant problems.
Worst of all, however, is the fact that many of these children received little to no one-on-one attention or love.
Zaporozhye Orphan Asylum is a medical institution offering permanent accommodation for boys (age 4 to 18) in need of permanent and on-going medical care. It accomodates 155 children – including 61 orphans — living with Down Syndrom, epilepsy, rhesus blood factors, intracranial pressure, and their ongoing developmental effects.
Some children live here for as many as 25 years. Upon leaving, children, are sent to psychoneurologic hostels the villages of Kirovo, Preslav and Orlovo of Zaporozhye Region.
The asylum is under the authority of Social Protection Administration of Zaporozhye regional state administration, and is an establishment of community property that is financed by (a very lacking) regional budget.
That’s where Maya’s Hope comes in — literally! Our team and care providers offer endless love, support, playtime, and hugs to children that would otherwise be separated from their parents and society, and locked away.
In the town of Baliuag, there’s a home for poor, malnourished children. The Philippines suffers from large numbers of young, ill-equipped mothers and, as a result, orphans, so an orphanage might not surprise anyone.
But the location should: You see, House of Bread sits right behind the public market.
This isn’t a coincidence. In 1985, a woman named Ka Nena Cruz donated the 3,000 square meters of land to the missions run by Reverend Fr. Boyet S. Conception.
Meanwhile, Fr. Boyet and the youth from Galilee Home had begun to do their outreach program — even extending to the outskirts of Baliuag. It is here where the good priest found a number of children who were malnourished and sickly.
This land could have sold for a hefty sum. But she gave it all to the good public works being done here. From vitamins and food to clothing an acute medical interventions, our team strives to support this vital nutrition and community care center in any way possible.
See below for our latest visits and video messages from House of Bread!
In Tagalog, the language of the Philippines, the word “bahay” means house. But the Bahay at Yaman ni San Martin de Porres in the town of Bustos, Bulacan province is no ordinary house. It’s actually five houses that accommodate up to 20 children each. The St. Martin orphanage also provides social and psychological counseling, medical and dental care, education options and vocational training.
The orphanage was founded by Fr. Florentino S. Concepcion, known as Father Boyet, who has been ministering to the Bulacan’s most vulnerable for more than 30 years. Before founding the orphanage Fr. Boyet was a chaplain at a local jail and a missionary. His mission today is bringing hope to the hopeless, luckless children of the streets.
Not content to wait for the children to find the orphanage, the staff mounts a mission to the streets of downtown Baliaug every month, bringing food, faith and medicine to those who need them most. The children of the orphanage join in the effort, experiencing the blessings of providing for others.
Nor is St Martin content to serve only children. Its community outreach program provides nutrition, health care and skills training to adults and families in Manila’s Delpan neighborhood.
Kirov is home to over 400 young girls and women with physical disabilities and developmental delays. It is also home to a small number of bedridden boys.
In the junior section there are children with different special needs, the school program on which they are engaged within an academic year is intended for all of them. This program includes training to the elementary calculation, speech development, art therapy, musical therapy, audio therapy (so called “Fairy-tales” therapy), work therapy, physical culture.
Maya’s Hope provides formula for the bedridden children. We also hope to hire a nurse in this institution in 2015.
The Zaporozhye Baby’s home “Sun” (“Solnishko”) is more than half of century old. This unique in Zaporozhye area establishment, where live, receive education and treatment about 280 children. The children who live there are aged one month to four years. Some older children with special needs still live here.
Zaluchchia orphanage is home to 124 children and young people with special needs – they have intellectual and physical disabilities. They are orphans or children deprived of parental care. Zaluchchia orphanage is an institution of the 3rd – 4th type – all children residing there have intellectual disabilities and/or psychological disorders.
Sniatyn orphanage is home to approximately one hundred boys with special needs who are orphans or deprived of parental care. This is an institution of the 2nd type for children and young people with moderate / severe intellectual disabilities. They have occupational therapy mastering simple professions, there are arts and sports clubs, and a pets’ corner.