Deaf orphan preschoolers

deaf orphan preschoolers Island of Joy Vitebsk

Just a note to update you on the situation in Vitebsk.

I asked for help to construct an “Island of Joy” for preschoolers who can’t go home on weekends and holidays from the boarding school in Vitebsk because their parents can’t or won’t take them, or because the children’s parents have died.

Nine households responded generously to provide a total of $2,890.
This puts us just $67.89 short of the total needed.
I hope you may be able to close the gap by giving some or all of this final amount.

As I promised before, if we receive more than the goal, we’ll also help director Svyeta construct wheelchair access for the children who are blind and disabled (that project will take $4,013).

Thanks so much for considering this beautiful opportunity to give a “Thanksgiving gift from America” to children in need.
And thanks for journeying with us!

Much love,
Doug Brendel

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deaf orphan preschoolers Island of Joy Vitebsk

A couple weeks ago I posted photos from Vitebsk, to visit a boarding school for deaf children.

Most of them go home on weekends and holidays.
But a handful of the youngest ones have to stay behind.

Their parents are dead.
Or too poor to make the journey to Vitebsk to pick them up.

Or they simply don’t want them anymore.

“The children feel extremely lonely,” director Svyeta says. “It is difficult to explain to these little deaf children why they are not taken home like their friends.”

But she has a dream … to make a special place for these orphaned preschoolers …
An “Island of Joy,” just for them …
Away from the classrooms, the everyday places … without desks and cafeteria tables …

This would be a place they actually look forward to, on weekends and holidays … just like the children who look forward to going home for weekends and holidays.

We can create an entire “Island of Joy” — a beautifully designed area just for orphaned preschoolers, with games and toys, special play areas, and more — for just $2,983.99.

I’d like to do it for them, as a Thanksgiving gift from America.
Would you please consider giving a “Thanksgiving gift” today, to make this dream come true?

Maybe you could choose one of the specific costs:

1. Wallpaper $319.92
2. Building materials (putty, plaster, primer, etc.) $162.87
3. Flooring (linoleum) $540.96
4. Tiles for floors and walls $570.04
5. Child-sized sink, toilet, bath $442.071.
6. Play area (a pretend store, clinic, kitchen, dining room) $465.34
7. Chest for clothes $58.17
8. Child-sized tables and chairs $424.62
Total $2,983.99

Any generous gift you could give today, in any amount, large or small, would be a real help.
And if by some miracle we receive all the funds needed, we’ll devote any additional funds toward providing wheelchair access for deaf children who are also physically disabled — a separate $4,013 project.

“Any help given to these children is priceless,” Svyeta says.
“We cannot give them hearing and take the place of their parents,
but it is in our power to improve their quality of life, and make them a little happier.”

Thank you for considering this wonderful opportunity to say “I love you” to a deaf orphan … in a way they can really “hear.”
Much love,
Doug Brendel

Hear, hear!


Greetings again from Belarus…
What fun we had at a boarding school for deaf and profoundly hearing-impaired children in Vitebsk!
I think you’ll like these photos.
Please widen your browser to the max.
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel