Saturday, March 6, 2010

Baby orphanage "Yolochka" - big toys

I am really excited about the response I have gotten from my posts about the baby orphanage! Even if you are not adopting, you can get a good look at Ukrainian life, culture, and style through these pictures. Some of the things I might forget to mention... like, we heat our homes here through old-fashioned water heaters under the windows... you can notice for yourself.

In my conversation with the orphanage director, I asked him if he could use volunteers with taking care of the babies. He chuckled and said, "We already have 360 workers and only 100 babies right now!" He explained that 60 of those workers are drivers, mechanics, and janitors and the other 300 workers are those who specifically work with the children. Keep in mind, though, that this is a 24-hour job with many shift changes. The best I can figure, is that there is one adult to every child at all times. I think that's a pretty good ratio, don't you?!

Here are some of the bigger-sized toys I took pictures of:

"...for the joy of the LORD is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10b


  1. Wouldn't you say that this is one of the better supplied and better funded orphanages in our city, or all they all this nice?

  2. Gretchen, This orphanage is in Simferopol, Ukraine, which is located in the south, in the Crimean peninsula. It is referred to as "Orphanage 9" on the Reece's Rainbow website.


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