September 20, 2020

On Sunday, Sept 6, we opened our office in Odessa. The staff made all the preparations, invited friends, and celebrated. It is the first time This Child Here has had a physical residence in Ukraine.  For many years, I was reluctant to do this as I felt vulnerable to co...

August 12, 2020

Maggie got married! Her husband and his family are wonderful people.   Those of you who have followed my newsletters since the beginning have seen many photos of Maggie. Here she was when I first met her in 2005, and then last weekend at her wedding.

 Below, M...

June 5, 2020

We train families with orphans: foster families, families of origin and extended families. About 90% of orphans have a parent somewhere. Our hope is to get kids back into healthy families. When COVID came to Ukraine, the government sent about half the children home......

May 19, 2020

The Reconciliation Project

You know, one of our hopes is to get every child out of an orphanage and into a home: family of origin, then extended family, and then foster family, far better choices than an institution.

When COVID-19 hit. The government feared the virus in...

April 2, 2020

Not many have died from the Coronavirus. As of 20 hours ago, 17 have died and 670 are infected. But already the country is taking strong measures: quarantine, businesses, schools, and all non grocery stores are closed. 

At  the present time, we are unable to train fami...

March 5, 2020

Click on the links below and you will see how young boys are being trained by nationalists in Ukraine and Russia. It's not just how to shoot guns. It's permission to kill. 

We do a different kind of training. We train teens to work for peace. It's not just how...

February 19, 2020

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine is pleased to announce a competition for the 2020 International Writing Program (IWP). This program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and will cover all participant costs, includin...

January 24, 2020

Natalia, a Children's Services worker, whose face, I believe, captures both hope and joy, holds a child being cared for by a foster family. Natalia and this foster family were trained by staff and funds from THIS CHILD HERE as the country moves steadily toward UKRAINE...

December 2, 2019

Christina teaches dance at our Peace Camp for families displaced by the war. If I tip my laptop screen back I see her as a dark shape against a blue oval on the screen. It's dramatic. Below, I am standing with a few boys at our Peace Camp last summer. They also have a...

October 26, 2019

This has not been an easy year.

An illness last fall put me behind in fundraising for This Child Here, and I am still trying to catch up.

A renter in our home in Atlanta quit paying. That has been a drain on finances.

I am close to finishing my book, but as those of y...

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