Kamianske (former Dniprodzerzhynsk or Dneprodzerzhinsk) is a city located in the Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine, standing on both banks of the mighty Dnieper River, near a hydroelectric power plant.

In the Soviet days it was a major industrial city and still has metallurgical plants, machine constructions and chemical/coke-chemical plants. Whilst these still operate they are a shadow of what they were. It was, and to some extent still is, a heavily polluted area. The industries used to fund the local services, kindergarten, schools, hospitals etc. The demise of the supply of goods to Russia following the break-up of the Soviet Union and the freeing of companies to source cheaper products from China and elsewhere, meant this investment dried up.

Last year the Kiev authorities handed back to the regional authorities a greater share of locally collected taxes, enabling a new level of investment to slowly begin.

The temperature range is from -10°C to +30°C with 30-50mm rainfall per month.

ChildAid started its project in Kamianske 8 years ago. In that time we purchased a small bungalow with some land. This was then totally refurbished and became our “House of Light”, acting a safe refuge for children and young people to come to. It is a true beacon in this dark gloomy city and we have since had a further building programme to build a small residential unit in the grounds for teenage orphans and open up the loft area of the main house to use as a meeting place.

The new refuge home provides emergency accommodation for 6 orphan boys.

Orphan Care

Our partner, Children’s Hearts provides a two-year education and life skills programme of literacy, numeracy and life skills – from the basics of money and cooking to social skills, seeking and securing employment and housing. 10% of all orphans leaving care will commit suicide within one year of doing so. Of those girls who survive 60% will enter the sex trade and/or be trafficked; 70% of boys will turn to crime.

Alina is an orphan. She was left on a doorstep as an infant at the age of 1 month badly bruised and beaten. She still bears the scars today and a young woman.

Alina was a difficult girl. She is very boyish and at boarding school (orphanage) she got badly into alcohol and cigarettes and was involved in fighting all the time. She was also into drugs and had cuts on her hands from a suicide attempt.

Alina came to our House of Light at the age of 15 and from that time something changed in her heart.

Now Alina has a baby daughter (Solomia 11.24.2017). The father is a former drug addict and sadly has returned to the old way of life.

She faces with difficulties of life without husband. Solomia was born with complications during the labour process leading to a  Caesarean, but her health now appears stable.

Alina has moved to a “mercy house” as she hasn’t her own place to stay. Children’s Hearts will be there for her to ensure that her and her baby stays together and that we can help her during motherhood and to secure the benefits and eventually the accommodation she will need.

Orphan Care Programme

The area we have in the loft space at the House of Light is a great place to gather young people together. Here up to 30 young orphans can gather for fellowship, friendship and some life-skills training. Such is the enthusiasm that the young people have for this that the numbers are ever increasing.

At present there is no heating, they sit on made up pallets, they use a sheet as a projector screen for training and entertainment!

Funds raised will provide, amongst other things: appropriate heating, more comfortable seating and tables, storage, equipment for coaching the young people.