May 26, 2017
Vinogradov
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Visit to Vinogradov, Ukraine

The story begins back in 2001 when the Lord led Vic Kubik, president and founder of LifeNets, to visit Vinogradov to see some of the town’s neglected children. A special Christian couple, Vasil and Irina Polichko, decided to help these children but had no financial resources to do so. With support from a number of people and organizations, the Vinogradov Street Children Program was born. The Polichkos provide for the physical needs of the children and also spiritual instruction through God’s Word. To read the full story, click here. The Polichkos have expanded their service to the Lord by opening an orphanage which currently houses 14 children and has room to grow.

Since its founding in 2007, The Scharpen Foundation has assisted LifeNets with this vital program.

The Foundation also supports summer camp programs where children learn more about the Lord and build English skills. Computers with Rosetta Stone software were also purchased to further develop their language skills after the camp experience. It is the Foundation’s sincere hope that the English skills will help the children in their future career opportunities.

The pictures on this page were taken in January 2009 at the Orphanage and Soup Kitchen in Vinogradov.

Singing worship songs before lunch
More worship singing
Lunch at the Soup Kitchen
Time for Homework
Meal at the orphanage
Enjoying dinner at the orphanage
Slava and Scott helping each other with English and Ukrainian
Irina getting some love from one of the boys
Vasyl playing with Sergei
Vasyl & Irina Polichko - Founders of the Soup Kitchen and Orphanage
Soup Kitchen in downtown Vinogradov
The 10 Commandments in Russian hang above the driveway leading into the Soup Kitchen
Orphanage on the outskirts of Vinogradov
Scott & Carolyn with Katya (a girl who comes to the Soup Kitchen)
Carolyn gets a big hug from orphan Sergei
The snowball fight gets competitive
Scott, Ivan and Vic - Ivan lives in a neighboring town and has been instrumental in helping the Vinogradov programs
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