|Vova at center|
We have made a change at the boys house, when Garry came back to Ukraine at the end of January, Andrey and Ira, the group home parents moved into the house they had bought in the village with their daughter. Our new group home supervisor, Vova, moved in. He is a single man from the Lugdansk area (one of the areas of Ukraine under rebel control).
THE SECOND YEAR GUYS
|Valera is very competitive and always wants to win. He is smart and one|
of the better students in class. He wants to go to a trade school next year,
a possibility now that he has a passport.
Last August there was an incident that really changed Nikolai. He got in a fight with Karina (smoking with him in this recent photo- we have a few students who smoke) and beat her up. (I should explain that she likely started it according to other students with them, and had a bad habit of kicking the boys.)
The group home parents were horrified, even though she was not badly hurt, and wanted to send him away, perhaps to a mental hospital. Garry made the two of them work together on the unpopular 5 am milking shift for a week. They not only learned to get along, but they have both become better people since, to the amazement of all the staff.
Nikolai gets a government pension, because he is deaf in one ear. If he sleeps through his alarm, it is blamed on he didn't hear it because his good ear was down on the pillow!
We found out he once worked for a hardware type store and likes to assemble pre-built furniture, he helped put together the wardrobes and desks at the new house.
|Kolya,(the short form of Nikolai) our oldest student, is a great favorite|
with the group home parents. He knows the most English.
|He is the only one with a student girlfriend|
(Oksana looking over his shoulder)
|Sasha is normally a cheerful fellow, he receives a monthly pension for disability|
from the government. He will have problems living on his own.
|Sasha recently got a new 40 grivna haircut he really likes|
First year studentsAndrey is our only first year guy now. We had a couple guys who came for
a week or two since September, but left for different reasons.
It was decided after the interview that he'd come for a week visit and if all was well, he would go back and quit his job as a janitor and join our program. He went back to the dorm with the director that day to pick up his stuff, Nikolai went with him to help him take the buses from there to Dnepro and to the village. They were back shortly after noon Friday. Nikolai phoned and Garry went out to the highway to pick them up when they got off the bus (it's 2.1 km, almost a mile). Apparently, as they came into the village, Losha asked Nikolai if Garry knew everyone in the village because so many people were waving at them. He spent the week living with the boys, going to classes and working at the farms.
|Losha and little Christina looking at drawings|
So today it's Friday and Garry paid Losha because he was taking the bus back to Kiroy Rog, but I believe he will be back on Sunday, because Garry told him we could pick him up in Dnepropetroesk. He is a quiet guy, and an artist, Luda's daughter Suisha was showing him some of her work at the birthday party this week.