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Transitional Housing (completed November, 2014)

 

One of the problems facing the home became more acute as many of  the girls there since the opening in 1995 were now approaching 17-18-19 years of age in 2009.  This is the only home and family many of them have ever known. Many will get married but even they do not have the life skills for cooking and other facets of independent life. They had no where to go and there is not enough room to allow younger girls to enter the home. (15 girls 5 y.o. or less were taken in in 2018 and we anticipate room for 8 more in 2019.)

 

Dental Equipment

 

The dental equipment in the Home’s clinic is old and unreliable. We had new and used replacement equipment packed and ready to ship for more than five years but were not sure we could gain entry under the previous corrupt system. Modern equipment is now readily available here in Ukraine but is expensive by local standards. A Chinese brand delivery unit is less than $1000. Modern digital x-ray equipment would be a dream come true.

 

Medical Supplies and Equipment

 

The story was the same in every hospital in 2014-15. Budgets for hospitals have been cut to 20% because of the war. Inflation and devaluation of the hryvnia reduce the hospital’s purchasing power to about 7%. In 2016, after previous suitcase deliveries of sutures and instruments, we were able to organize and purchase a 20 foot container of medical supplies to Amozov National Cardiovascular Surgical Institute in Kyiv. Thankfully the situation is not so die today but good equipment is always appreciated. A special gift is out-of-country training and observations. Anyone who could assist in arranging medical trips for doctors or help with hosting, please let us know.

 

Nutrition

 

A major emphasis for 2019 is nutrition. In the past the girls’ dietary emphasis was on calories, and rightfully so. It is still heavy in starches: bread, pasta, potatoes. Protein sources are limited and vegetables are generally  what is in season and what is locally grown: cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes. As a whole, these have a limited nutritional spectrum. Fruits follow a similar story: cherries, apples, apricots, plums mostly when in season. Milk and dairy is limited to cheese for the most part.

 

So many things have changed since the founding in 1995. Stores as modern and well stocked as what you might expect in Americas are within a 30 minute drive. High quality proteins and vegetables and fruits are readily available - it only takes money! GSCC recently purchased a state of the art double door reach-in freezer to facilitate moving towards a healthier food supply and we are trying to find reliable connections in the food distribution chain for wholesale purchases. We are also working to expand the cooking methods to include a flat top grill and broiler grill to enhance the appearance and flavor of foods served.

 

Fire Safety

 

Fire safety precautions are outdated or do not exist. Director Katko is acutely aware of the deficiencies in the fire safety procedures and equipment. Talks with US and local fire safety consultants has confirmed that there is no one on premise capable of fighting anything but a minor fire. The best course, therefore, is to emphasize early detection and evacuation of the building. This will require extensive detectors and alarms, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting, physical changes to some doors and exits, and exit directional lights. Posted exit maps, rally points, and frequent fire drills will be required. Since extensive re-wiring will be required to accomplish this project, we hope to add security camera at the same time.