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This Child Here is registered 501.c3 non-profit providing assistance to orphans and youth of Ukraine with funds from the USA.   We design and fund programs to help homeless youth and children in Odessa: children on the streets, in shelters, schools, homes or orphanages, with issues of personal boundaries, addictions, self-esteem, life in community and trust. We work in the region of Odessa, Ukraine, with the aim of encouraging and motivating these youth and children to imagine a future and find hope. Homeless children, street kids, orphans, and children without acting parents are the most unprotected segment in any society. We help the children with creativity, training and compassion. One of the organizations that help children in Odessa, most dear to our hearts, it is the shelter and charity, The Way Home. Their dance class is featured above. Here, we buy clothes and medicine, pay for dental work, support summer camp, make available a variety of after school activities for youth and children, and fund tuition and books for University. We fund “at risk” groups in local public schools, teach parenting skills to families with foster children, train and support mentors to be matched with children in orphanages and shelters.


Peacemaking in Odessa, Ukraine

In May 2014, This Child Here began a new initiative with youth and adults: Peacemaking and Reconciliation. Our work ranges from care for individuals who suffered emotional trauma in the recent violence in Ukraine, to opportunities for reconciliation between those who oppose each other. But it is always work with and between persons.  The training our staff has received is Quaker based and developed from methodology of Alternatives to Violence.  We began in Odessa but have goals also set for eastern Ukraine. Ukrainians do this work in Ukraine.  I am proud of the staff people we have and the skills they bring.


- Dr. Robert Gamble, 

  Executive Director of This Child Here


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