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The corn irrigation project

Posted on Sep 8, 2017 in Featured, News, Projects | Comments Off

The corn irrigation project

Let’s talk about the twenty acres of irrigated corn we grew this summer. In these photos you can see the difference between the corn that was watered and the corn that wasn’t at the end of August. The plants are taller and still green and growing, and the cobs are bigger in the irrigated part of the field. Early in August the rest of the non-irrigated corn was cut for corn silage to make feed for the cows for this year. The ten acres that look brown here will be combined for grain, and the irrigated corn was cut for silage around the beginning of September.   Money for purchasing the supplies and infrastructure (big valves, roll flat and the tiny plastic...

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The new students Fall 2015

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off

The new students Fall 2015

Surprising everyone, this year’s new class is nearly all female, ranging in age from 18- 20, so our new house has six new girls living there. When we started remodeling the house this spring we had assumed it would be for guys, but now there are rooms painted blue, green and pink!       On  September 20th, we got a new male student! His name is Anton, he’s 18 and lived in a different orphanage in Dnepropetroesk region than the girls and Andrey. He has several siblings and a mother. He’s been here a week and is a very enthusiastic worker at the barn and an excellent student in class.          Andrey came from the same...

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Meet our returning students- The 2014-15-2016 class

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off

Meet our returning students- The 2014-15-2016 class

In June 2015 we had eight students who made it to the end of their first year at the trade school. The Sasha that I wrote a story about at the beginning of the school, left to work for the summer and decided to go to a tractor driving school this year.  Nastya, who wanted to live with her father,  left to do that at the end of classes, so we have six second year students.  Valera went to work in a greenhouse for the summer, but returned for the second year of the program. He doesn’t like working, but he works hard in class, and always wants top marks. His mother was murdered by his father, and he has 6 siblings, I believe. One of his brother’s came to...

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Reno completed!

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 in Featured, Projects | Comments Off

Reno completed!

Our third house (and the first under our new organization in Ukraine for the trade school, Hope for Each) is finished. We bought an old house, gutted it, re-roofed it, and built everything new inside in a North American style, with all new Ukrainian furniture, so it is like new! We had three teams come from Canada this spring and Garry, the students and group home parents put many hours into finishing the project before move in day last week. The Alberta team was featured earlier this year, a month later we had a team from our home church in Steinbach, Manitoba who built the inside walls. They also got to work with the students on the...

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First day of trade school ceremony 2015-16 school year

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 in Featured, News | Comments Off

First day of trade school ceremony 2015-16 school year

Well, it was opening for the new school year, and we had a real Ukrainian first day ceremony this year. Garry spoke about how proud John Wiens would be today, the first year of having both new and returning students to study at our school. It all started with John’s dream of a place for aged out orphans to study and a farm to work on and support the school. Our guest speaker, the village school principal, even brought the bell they used for the new students to ring last week at school, she said it is 40 years old, and some of our students rang it. She also spoke about how she often thinks of John when she walks past the village kindergarten (it is like a...

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School starts

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 in Featured, News | Comments Off

School starts

This is the first week of classes for the trade school. We  are planning to study in two week modules with classes in the mornings Monday through Thursdays, from 9 am to 12:30. On Fridays they will do work experience instead of classroom learning.The students are also scheduled individually for some work experience in the barn with the cows during the school week. They are paid for this work, more than the amount they need to provide to the group house parents for living expenses. We hope that this method teaches them about real life expenses, besides learning how to live in a family atmosphere. Students who would like to earn extra money have the opportunity to...

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Classes start on Monday

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 in Featured, News | Comments Off

Classes start on Monday

Meet Sasha, one of the students for the trade school this year. We went across Ukraine to pick up Sasha, so I’ll tell you a little about him, He was born in Moldova and has a sister and brother who live in the same Christian foster home that is run by a Swedish lady. They have lived there for seven years, their mother passed away, and their father was deported to Moldova when he lost his Ukrainian documents. Sasha finished school this year, and sold his motorbike because he wanted to buy a cow to milk. No one knew what to do with this plan of his at the foster home, and then Maria phoned about our school, the lady running it thought it must be a joke at first,...

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Did you donate to buy a cow for the school?

Posted on Jul 5, 2014 in Featured, Projects | 0 comments

Did you donate to buy a cow for the school?

If you did, you will be excited to know that the first 15 cows have been found and brought to the barn! Here are some photos of the lucky girls at their old farm and getting off at the trade school barn. They joined the other heifers and dry cows in the corral, or barn yard there, as you can see in the bottom photo, both groups found the new heifers arrival exciting. They aren’t quite cows yet, but pregnant heifers that will calve (give birth) and become milking cows in about two months, in September, when we plan to start milking cows in the trade school...

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Trade school 2.0 Dairy track for 2014- building

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 in Featured, Projects | Comments Off

Trade school 2.0 Dairy track for 2014- building

With John Wien’s passing this January, we did not want his dream of the trade school to fade away. We had been in the midst of a rebuilding year, with no new students enrolled, as we we trying to raise enough money to finish the renovation of the barn for the school. The first class of students all did their work experience in the little Verhoog demonstration barn, but of course the plan was that the large freestall barn would not just be for the students to work and learn to care for cows in, but that the farm would be able to provide for many of the ongoing expenses of running the school. John had been able to raise funds for this before his cancer was...

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The Trade School and Group Homes are Now Open!

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 in Featured, Projects | Comments Off

The Trade School and Group Homes are Now Open!

September 2012- After a year of work and planning, the Trade School in Nikolai Pole is now open, along with two group homes in the same village for students of both genders. Classes began in early September, and all the students moved from nearby apartments to the newly renovated homes the following two weeks. On September 5th, we held our official ribbon cutting ceremony, and had representatives from the town and regional governments, along with many volunteers and friends, who helped make that day possible.  Below is a video that was featured on national television the week following the Trade School’s...

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