ACTIVITIES & PROGRAMS
Since its inception the OAS has enriched the lives of over 1800 orphans and their U.S. sponsors. Each sponsor commits to minimum monthly payments of $20 per orphan. Many sponsors choose to supplement this stipend with occasional gifts for birthdays, Christmas or other occasions. Funds are distributed twice a year – once in late summer, before school starts and once again in December before the end of the year. Funds are delivered in US dollars (not local currency) to ensure the orphan receives the full amount of the sponsor’s donation. The fund distribution period provides the field coordinators their opportunity to visit the orphan and inspect the circumstances of their guardian’s care. These on site visits serve to ensure the orphans are being provided the constructive environment for growth that is the objective of our program.
Over 75 orphans in the OAS program currently attend universities and institutions of higher learning. Education is heavily emphasized, and programs have been developed for cross-tutoring among orphans. In a few instances OAS has paid college tuition for exceptional students. A number of sponsors generously fund the tuition expenses of their orphans in addition to maintaining their monthly stipend assistance.
While Ukrainian law stipulates that full orphans meeting qualification standards shall be assured of a higher education at no cost, the reality is that continued corruption limits the opportunity for those most vulnerable. Most universities place annual quotas on the number of tuition free entrants they will accept. As a result many well qualified and talented orphans are precluded from gaining access to this vital ladder out of poverty and misery. The Society has made arrangements for financial assistance to some of our neediest students.
OAS has successfully conducted summer camps for orphans. These 3-week camps, held near Kyiv, featured Ukrainian and English-language instruction as well as seminars on Ukrainian history, culture, and political development. These camps brought together 40 orphans for eminently memorable experiences. The orphans met other youth facing similar circumstances, develop friendships, and participate in excursions and tours to historical and cultural sites around the region.
CLOTHING & GOODS
Over the years OAS and its members have shipped an estimated 800 parcels to Ukraine, each weighing 50-75 pounds. These parcels were sent to trusted and secure distributions points and then allocated to orphans and their guardians based on their individual needs
More than 400 orphans received one-time, lump sum financial help.
Over the years, OAS shipped more than $250,000 in medical supplies to Ukraine for orphan care.
OAS has provided financial aid for extraordinary medical needs.
Eleven orphans have been brought to the US for eye surgery and 1 orphan came to be treated for third degree burns.
After a fire destroyed their apartment, one family of caregivers received financial aid to relocate to new quarters.
In 2003 OAS purchased over 600 new pairs of winter boots for all orphans in our care at the time.
OAS directors personally provided funds to replace a cow for a needy widow with three children living in a remote village, and helped raised funds to purchase a home for a destitute widower with two daughters living in a makeshift room in the back of a public garage.
These programs and activities would not be possible without the gracious contributions of our donors.
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