|five students on a couch|
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Last Saturday we took all the students who could go (not milking) and wanted to (Losha has an aversion to crowds) to Just for Youth, a monthly Christian outreach program in the city that we have been attending for three years. At the moment we are hoping to find a few more students, we only have two new and two returning students and seven grads (four girls and three guys).
Thursday, July 6, 2017
This week we had three new girls and two guys arrive, some say they are only here for a month, but time will tell. The girls are living at "the girls house" where our new translator Nellya is in charge, after the departure of Luba, who decided to move to western Ukraine last month.
|Here are some of the grads and Losha (left) unloading hay|
Many of the new guys are putting in hours stacking hay now
We have had two of this year's female grads leave, one more is leaving over the weekend and one guy is looking for job, but still here for the time being. We'll see who is here at the end of the summer.
|Nellya or Nelly in English our new translator/group home person|
Two of the mature guys, Losha and Dima; who have finished the first year of our program are moving out of the boys house into one of the apartments to free up spaces there.
|At center, Irina, one of the three new girls|
|We often have students drop in at our house|
Here are Julia and Alionya, one of the new girls (blonde)
|Here's Ira, (and Garry) who went to live with her mother and siblings|
after growing up in the orphanage and two years with us
Garry drove her to her town in the middle of June
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
One of the things our students look forward to every time they go is the monthly outing to Zaporosia for Just Youth, a youth outreach program run by our Canadian friends Steve and Jo Harder.
|That's our Misha at the far right from February, it was a telephone game where|
they translated from English to Russian and back as they went down the line
There is always a short message along with lots of fun activities and often music and food.
|Our Masha playing basketball|
|Sasha is wearing his Hope for Each t-shirt|
The students are excited that next month they will get the chance to ride in the new van instead of packing 17 people in old Mercedes. We will use both for big outings and for regular stuff like picking up 5 prospective new students yesterday at the bus station. They got to ride in the van with seat belts!
Friday, May 12, 2017
|Removing the frames from a transport box|
|The students stayed pretty far away|
One of the students said they got stung, but it may have been an excuse because then they were able to leave and no one yelled. I wasn't dressed up in the bee suits and took the photos about six feet away. Victor only got stung once, and he said it was his fault because he pushed the bee with his finger when it was in the way.
|do you see the queen?|
Every box got one new frame to build honeycomb on, besides the ones they came in covered with bees. Garry and Victor would try to spot the queen as he pulled them out and then placed them in the new boxes. It took a couple hours to get them all settled into their new homes.
This doubles the number of hives, and we hope to get more this summer, maybe split some hives that are larger, or find a stray hive looking for a home.
Monday, May 8, 2017
There is a new video featuring the first year students, it was a little too big to upload here,since its the whole year in 4 minutes so here's a link to the hopeforeach facebook page- don't worry, I think you can see it even if you don't use facebook. click here- hopeforeach video
Sunday, April 23, 2017
However, we planned a few activities to get to know everyone, like birthday cake and introductions on the first night the team arrived - Kolya was 25 that day-
The students (and staff) are thrilled to wear them, as you can see they have our name Hope for Each in both English and Russian.
We also had game night one evening, a big thanks to Janzen's Paint in Steinbach for the wonderful donation of games, the students really enjoyed playing Dutch Blitz, Jenga and Twister that night with some of the team. Really want to thank the young guys from BC who played Dutch Blitz and Roy who held down the UNO table.
After the message Jack lead us all in a song in Russian with a borrowed guitar and the students sang Jesus Loves Me in English.
|Old and new shoes together|
Saturday, April 22, 2017
|Some of the teams, students and staff|