Saturday, August 25, 2012

Roof Update

Last week I requested some more information about the roofing project at the children's mental institution in Crimea. I now have a little more information to share with you.

According to our contact person, "So, after I talked with the director here is what she told me. They are planning to do the roof this summer and fall (right now!!) as soon as they can before rains come. Sounds like they are determined to do that. She said they are looking for money everywhere they can. And she is getting a bit here a bit there. One businessman offered them some, a town authorities some. She is very thankful for anything she can find. What is happening with the roof? I understand they had one type of cover there based on tar but it wasn't good. So now they are replacing it with concrete wavy material you can see in Ukraine used allover. Also some bearing elements of the roof have to be replaced. That's the situation there."

 Now we understand that there are some structural repairs that need to be made in addition to the roof covering. I won't make any apologies about raising funds for this purpose. The children there need a warm, dry and SAFE place to call home. Project TLC will continue to meet the basic needs of these precious and worthy children as we are able.

Let us make a big dent in the funds that are needed to complete this job! Thanks for coming alongside us!

Monday, August 20, 2012

The roof over their heads

We were so excited to be able to replace some windows for the children's mental institution in Crimea last winter. When we agreed to purchase these windows, since we couldn't replace them all, we requested that priority be given to the most vulnerable children, the ones confined to bed in laying rooms. The rooms to which my son, Theo, would have been transferred if we had not adopted him in time.

Almost immediately after the windows were installed, record breaking cold weather took hold of Eastern Europe for many, many weeks. Temperatures dropped to -35F and hundreds of people died. How satisfying to know that those children were more comfortable than they might have been without you help!

Project TLC has inquired with this same facility about their present needs. The response was surprising. Even though we are aware that many more windows are falling apart, the director has requested assistance with roof repairs as the first priority.

Eastern European orphanage directors are not all cut from the same cloth. This director does not have new windows in her office...this is just one way we have been able to determine that she places value on the needs of the children in her care.

We have some money reserved to send diapers, soap and cleaning supplies and special formula, which were also requested. However, we are starting from scratch to raise the $20,000 needed to repair the roof.

Chloe, Zhen, Theo, Carrington...they would have all been transferred to this facility if they had not been adopted in time. We want to care for the children who did get transferred...the ones who were not and may never be chosen to join a family. Help us show these children and the director of this facility they are worthy of our care and concern! Thank you!

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