|pulling the cement feed bunks out|
End of March-
Garry said they had the barn nearly cleaned out of cement over at the collective. They burned all that old hay they took out of the barn, who knows how long it was there, it was loose and musty.
One Saturday they had a group of grad orphans working cleaning bricks. He said John brought out seven boys - about seventeen years old, they were paid by the number of bricks they cleaned. Bricks are worth recycling, they took down a couple interior walls in the barn to get ready to change it into a freestall barn. Garry fed them lunch- three loaves of bread, 2 kilos of hotdogs, a big jar of pickles and 8 liters of soda pop, and a couple bags of potato chips- they ate the leftover bread with ketchup spread on it, and drank the pickle juice too.
One of the reasons this project has group homes is to demostrate family skills for these kids. At 16 they are turned loose from the orphanges, and those who go to trade schools are put in city apartments with no supervision and little spending money, and no skills to live on their own. Very few are able to cope with the lack of structure, they tend to get into drugs and criminal activity, with all the free time. John's church in Zaporosia has an outreach to these teens.