A registered “family orphanage” in the Ukraine is comprised of a couple (or single parents) who have taken in up to 10 orphans from state-run orphanages. State orphanages typically house up to 150 or more orphans, whereas in a family orphanage, also known as a “children’s home,” the orphans are cared for in a smaller family setting and are thus able to receive more individualized attention and care. The local government is in the process of transitioning all orphans to “family orphanage” settings, which will in time make the larger institutions obsolete. However, adequate funding is still limited for many of these children’s homes and thus they often face struggles to fully make ends meet.
Several family orphanage renovation projects have been initiated by Semya, rallying friends and sponsors to help improve the quality of life for the orphans by renovating showers, and replacing flooring or wallpapering where needed.
Other improvements have included installing an above-ground pool at one orphanage, and planting fruit trees at another.
Computers, bedding and furniture have been provided to several orphanages in the city.
Semya continues to assess and identify the most urgent orphanage needs and work together with concerned community participants to find solutions.