Our work is with and for the vulnerable youth of Ukraine. We train foster families to receive youth and children from orphanages; we train mentors for youth in facilities. We teach peacemaking skills and attitudes to youth and adults; we work with families displaced by the war.
This Child Here is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit.
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People change people.
Food, medicine, shelter saves lives but if you want to change a life. It takes a person.
There's a place in the Bible where the apostle Paul wrote, “God was In Christ, reconciling the world to himself....not counting our sins against us, but entrusting us with the message of reconciliation.” That is to say, in and through the person of Jesus, God was doing the work of reconciliation.
Websters defines reconciliation as “the end of estrangement.”
That's what we do.
A teenager comes home from the streets: the end of estrangement.
A child moves from orphange into a loving home: the end of estrangement.
We train those families to be people who change the lives of youth and children---children who hope for an end to estrangement and yearn to belong to a family they can call their own.
We train mentors. We train the government social workers. We train them all, to work toward reconciliation—the end of estrangement.
There is a war in Ukraine. More than thirteen thousand have died. There is talk of a political end, but there is a Grand Canyon of estrangement between individuals and families and cultures and communities and countries.
We travel to the war zone to gather those families displaced by the war, together, to support each other, to work toward reconciliation. We want them to be people who change each other.
We train teenagers how to work for peace: to manage conflict, to build consensus, to walk into a room and begin the work of healing relationships between people. It is the work of reconciliation—work toward the end of estrangement.
It has been over 13 years since I first moved to Ukraine. Those who have supported This Child Here have touched the lives, changed the lives of many, many people, not just hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of youth and children we have worked with, but the lives also of those who work with those youth and children.
We have great people working for This Child Here. Government agencies want us. Faith based programs want us. The people that work for This Child Here are the best and the brightest. They are smart, committed and caring. They work out of love for what they do.
That gratitude I see in their eyes when I am working with them... to be able to do what they love and get paid for it.... I am passing that on to you.
Robert Gamble, Executive Director
Since 2006, many individuals and the following churches and organizations have given their support.
Beyond Our Borders, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
St Charles Ave Presbyterian Church, New Orleans, Louisiana
First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, Texas
First Presbyterian Church, Cumberland, Maryland
First Presbyterian Church, Vero Beach, Florida
Calvin Presbyterian Church, Tigard, Oregon
Collierville Presbyterian Church, Collierville, Tennessee
First Presbyterian Church, Farmington, New Mexico
Winter Park Presbyterian Church, Winter Park, Florida
Fellowship Presbyterian Church, Tallahassee, Florida
Orenco Presbyterian Church, Hillsboro, Oregon
Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church, Ormond Beach, Florida
Hope Presbyterian Church at Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida
Church of the Lakes Presbyterian Church, Orlando, Florida
The First Presbyterian Church, Daytona Beach, Florida
Port Orange Presbyterian Church, Port Orange, Florida
The First Presbyterian Church, New Vernon, New Jersey
First Presbyterian Church, Quincy, Florida
Christ Presbyterian Church, Ormond Beach, Florida
First Presbyterian Church, Midlothian, Texas
Northwest Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia
Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, Kensington, Maryland
Arcadia Presbyterian Church, Arcadia, Florida
Wekiva Presbyterian Church, Longwood, Florida
First Presbyterian Church, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Markham Woods Presbyterian Church, Lake Mary, Florida
Speedwell Presbyterian Church, Reidsville, North Carolina
Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rockfish Presbyterian Church, Nellysford, Virginia
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Asheville, North Carolina
Newnan Presbyterian Church, Newnan, Georgia
First Presbyterian Church, Deland, Florida
Morningside Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia
Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia
Christ Presbyterian Church, Tallahassee, Florida
First Presbyterian Church, Arlington, Virginia
Celebration Community Church, Celebration, Florida
First Presbyterian Church, Brighton, Michigan
Christ United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Upsalla Presbyterian Church, Sanford, Florida
St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, North Carolina
Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, Tennessee
Geneva Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, Florida
Graystone Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, Tennessee
Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida
Alma College, Alma, Michigan
The Denver Foundation, Denver, Colorado
French Market Flowers, Atlanta, Georgia
The Kysar Family Holdings
The Weeks Foundation