Author Archives: Eric McKenzie

Hospital Update and School Library Deliveries

Many of the Canadians have headed home so those of us left are tidying up the last few deliveries as well as any other projects underway.

Dave and I, along with our amazing interpreter Natasha, met with the Director of the Chausy Hospital, Anatoli, and the  Deputy Mayor, Vitalli, to discuss the current project at the hospital.

In a partnership with the Chausy authorities and with funds provided by the Don and Shirley Green Family Foundation, we are helping to reconstruct Continue reading

Party, Presents and Participation

Our day started with a walk to a local restaurant for the “Day of the Angel” party.  On the way there we passed the town square where many children from the Chausy Orphanage were training for biathlon.  The square is a large smooth paved area with no traffic so it is ideal for training. Here Alecia “skiis” by us on her roller skiis.

The “Day of the Angel” party is always a really fun event that the Canadians (and the children) look forward to.  There are games, Continue reading

Student Success Stories

Just a short post today as it has been a long day and it is now after midnight here.  We spent the day trying to finish off deliveries but it was difficult as it is a holiday here and many people were not home.  The holiday is “Radonitsa”, which in the Russian Orthodox Church is a commemoration of the departed.  People travel to their home villages to visit the cemeteries where their loved ones and ancestors are buried.

We ended the day by travelling to Mogilev to deliver some care packages to some of the kids in our Orphan Education program and then taking them out to dinner.  The kids in the picture below all grew up at the Chausy Orphanage and have become real success stories.  From the left, Nikita is studying construction in Mogilev, Yana is in Forestry in the Northern Vetibsk region and Karina and Katya are both in Chef school in Mogilev.  Vadime is still in High School in Chausy and was helping us deliver the boxes.  He is also friends with the other four.

These kids are all doing very well at school, sticking with their Continue reading