Greetings from THE Ukraine!
I've traveled across the world with Halle Project to document the work some missionaries are doing in Ukraine. We spent today visiting children in a tuberculosis hospital and a mental hospital. Jake Knotts and his church have been working for the past several years to make living conditions bearable for the kids and staff of each. When they began at the tuberculosis hospital basic needs included soap and lightbulbs. Jake's team quickly brought grocery bags full of each. They began to address bigger issues as well such as replacing broken windows and sewing plastic covers for mattresses. A guy in their church owns a window company and is selling them for cost. The winters are below freezing and there is a story of a mother and baby who spent a whole icy season without natural light because they covered their window with a blanket to block the piercing cold air. So far they've replaced 18 windows and hope to replace another 20. When they began to serve the hospital it smelled of feces and death. After covering mattresses with plastic, supplying them with soap and washing machines, the children and the hospital are able to continually keep clean. Here are a few of the beautiful faces we encountered.
This mother was living with a man who contracted TB to her 4 year old daughter and baby son. The boy was close to death when the mother brought her children here months ago. These kids have to get shots of antibiotics often and I watched the baby get one. So sad!
Jake is explaining that this is a room that the church made for the little kids to play in. They didn't have anywhere that was safe to play and would just get beaten up from the older kids. The church padded the walls and floors adding murals on each wall to brighten up the room.
A current need the mental hospital has is for soft not-so-breakable furniture. The kids come into this room to hang out and there is only a few mattresses to lay on.