The International Center for Hope continued to work with needy families and orphanages. In February, 24 families were assisted with food and clothing fr om 'The Food Pantry' and 'The Clothes Closet' at The Center.
Weekly meetings are held at The Center for: "The Club for Mothers with Disabled Children; for women with husbands who are addicted to alcohol; Foster Parents Club and the meetings for graduates from the orphanages of Izhevsk. Also, training for volunteers for a new ministry, "Serving Orphans", are held. The training is led by a psychologist. Other programs are being planned at this time, also.
Orphans from Internoit/Orphanage #2 were treated to a picnic in the forest, with staff and volunteers present. They roasted sausages, played sports, held long talks and played in the snow.
The ICH branch office in Votkinsk's staff worked on the project of organizing leisure time for the children from poor and unfortunate families. In view of "The Day of Homeland Defenders" they organized a contest for the most dexterous and brave. The children were happy to participate since ICH is the only place they are accepted and loved. The Center is a place wh ere they have the opportunity to realize they can express themselves and that they are special persons.
A training seminar was held in Votkinsk at The Center for Hope for those willing to work and serve orphans and children from needy families. The President of ICH and the psychologist of ICH spoke about the difficulties and the joys they experience in working at 'The International Center for Hope.'
We offer our thanks to all that support our work and to those who are willing to volunteer in helping others who are less fortunate.