IMG_0313IMG_1187Director Laszlo Katko and Laszlo Katko, Jr.

Supporting Good Samaritan Children’s Home of Nagydobrony, Transcarpathia, Ukraine and

Allied Hospitals and Doctors since 2009

Good Samaritan Children’s Charities

Laszlo Katco w/ girls

Home Director Laslzo Katko, Sr. was one of the founders of the Home and as an electrical engineer, helped construct  it in 1995. A dynamic force in the village and region, he has steered the Home towards self sufficiency and provided jobs for up to 85 locals.  The Home has fields and farms across the region and produces wheat, barley, oats, buckwheat, dairy cattle and dairy products, hogs and pork products, vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, potatoes,  and fruits, including cherries, apples, and plums. They have nearly 100 bee hives on the grounds and they mill their own wheat for flour to bake over 450 loaves of bread per day for use at the home and for sale. Katko regularly supplies meat, bread, and fresh vegetables to other orphanages, hospitals, and people in need and has built schools, churches, and public buildings throughout Transcarpathia.  He is ably assisted by his son, Laszlo, Jr. and is affectionately known to the girls as Lacibasci, or “Uncle Laci”.

Good Samaritan is home to over 75 girls between the ages of 3 and 19. The girls typically live in rooms of eight of mixed age. Most of the girls attend school in the village at the local  government school. Some select students attend the regional gymnasium (advanced studies) and board there during the week. The girls with disabilities attend school at the home - this the only government subsidy the home receives. All expenses of the home, the farm, and bakery are covered through operating profits or contributions. The Dutch Reformed Church is a major sponsor. The girls have a full range of activities and are active in village live such as festivals and school events .They have a computer lab, physical therapy room, bikes, a swimming pool, soccer field and playgrounds at the home. There are full time nurses, an on-site dental clinic established by Dr. Donn Mettens and SARA (Sharing America’s Resources Abroad), and medical care is provided by the Christian Doctor’s (Luke) Clinic in Mukacheve. Katko’s efforts, with the help of dedicated contributors and volunteers,  have made Good Samaritan the exception to Ukrainian children’s homes.

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