Children Of Kazilivka
This is One Part Of The Activities Center As It Neared Completion. The Insulation And Finished Walls Were Not Yet Completed. Shown Here Is Alex Who, With His Wife, Lena, Supervised The Construction Of the Center And Actually Did Much Of The Work Free. This Is How A Project Like This Can Be Completed At So Little Cost
Established and funded the first Activities and Sports Center of its kind for children and youth in Kazilivka and Orlovka, the village close by. A small government operated civic center closed some time ago and so children in this remote area had nowhere to go to congregate and have fun. Alcohol and drug (primarily glue) usage and even suicide were becoming major problems as children had no outlet for their free time. The table games and chairs were purchased in Kiev, Ukraine by Dr. Stillwagon and taken by truck to Kazilivka by residents of Kazilivka. Now as many as 100 children a day come to this center. This required consistent support and work over a three year period as each phase was started and completed with gaps as more funding was awaited. Most of the games had been set up in another building until the center could be completed. Unexpectedly, this Center also provides a way to identify children in need of basic necessities or protection, if they are in abusive situations. These needs are met through a special store-see below and Urgent Needs Now page The center was completed in time for the children to have a warm and fun place to gather for part of this winter, 2008-2009.