Fifteen year old Diana has called these hallways home for the last three years. Her father had passed away and her mother started drinking. That is how she ended up at the orphanage. Diana is one of a hundred thousand children living in state run orphanages in the Ukraine. The kids either do not have parents to care for them, or do hot have parents at all. The orphanage gets the children from the district and also from the region. The conditions of the buildings are grim. Seeing the need, Crossroads Relief and Development began to help orphanage. In one orphanage the playground was run down so we built them a new playground and staff see children filled with laughter and joy. Crossroads has been committed to providing practical needs such as sewing and how to mend the clothes. They can repair the clothes they have as new clothes are not provided for the orphans. The boy learn carpentry skills that they can use to find work later in life. Developing skills is important for the children so they can have skills when they start to work.
"The bible is clear of taking care of the orphan and the widow" says David Shelly, Director of Crossroads Relief and Development. Children need love and attention to thrive and grow. Staff members do their best to fed them and bathe them but they fall short in solving the loneliness. The children still need attentive care where they can experience Gods love and it changes their lives.
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