Friday, November 28, 2008


Sasha was out of jail for a few hours when he had to go to hospital for treatment for gastric ulcer, which is a common side effect for drug users. His common law wife Ira and father came to the prison's entrance to meet him for a short period of time.

Friday, November 21, 2008


Tanya Rasoshik runs the only charity organization that provides shelter, food, clothes, pampers and education to children in need in Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukraine. A British charity fund provided financial support for the organization, but the charity told Tanya that it would stop the support soon. She takes care of children of parents in extreme poverty, and most of their parents are drug addicts or alcoholic. Those parents don't even have money to buy foods, let alone clothes and electricity. Tanya often wash children's body and cut their hair to get rid of lice. She goes out on the street and provides clothes and foods for street children and tell them to come to the shelter. She goes to children's hospitals and provide pampers for abandoned babies and clothes and foods for sick orphans because the public hospital can't even afford pampers for those children. However, without financial help, she would not be able to do as much support as she has been doing. If she couldn't run the shelter, many children would have to stay at home without electricity or wonder around the street with dirty clothes and lice on their hair, which could cause them to become like street children. I haven't pitched this kind of story or worked with NGO/charities. If you have any idea how to spread words to help them out or good organizations to contact to, let me know.

Tanya washes the body of Vitalik, 4, after she cut his hair.

Children's pictures. Tanya said many children changed after coming to the shelter often. she said one little girl who she found in the park now works a normal job and has a family years after she met Tanya and came to the shelter daily.

Children play at the shelter.

Tanya visits many families with no money and provides foods for their children.

Foods provided for children at the shelter.

Nurse feeds abandoned babies at Children's hospital. Tanya comes to the hospital to provide pampers for babies because the hospital can't afford it. The nurse said the hospital has about 100 babies a year, and their parents are usually alcoholic or drug addicts.

Alyona, 15, holds her baby. She regularly comes to the shelter. She gave birth recently, but she would have to raise the baby alone. Her mother is alcoholic, and they live in a dire condition.

Alyona visits the shelter while her baby is asleep at the hospital. The foreground is Dima, 4, whose father is Vietnamese, but the father left his Ukrainian wife and four children and went back to his country.

Tanya dresses Vitalik after washing him in the bathroom

Tanya sprays to kill lice on the hair.

Vitalik and his brother Serghei, 1, after haircut.

Andrei, 4, has HIV and temporarily stays at Children's hospital in Dniprodzerzhynsk. He was an orphan, but a family adapted him. However, after the family found out that he has HIV, the family "returned" him. He is supposed to go to an orphanage for children with HIV in Dnipropetrovsk later.

Tanya hugs a girl who regularly comes to the shelter when they accidentally met at the hospital.

Monday, November 17, 2008


I'm still following the con and drug addict Sasha and his wife, Ira. She finally gave birth. Sasha is still in prison.

My website changed a bit - bigger pictures. It still has some problems, and we have to add clicking-on-picture-navigation etc.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

renewed website

My ukraine friend worked on my site... Let me know what you think if you have time. I think it looks better than the one I had before. It's not done yet, though.