Thursday, June 28, 2007

Vladimir #3

On day two in Vladimir, we continued our seminar with a tour of the organization's main building, where they have both offices and a drop-in center for orphanage graduates.

Orphanage graduates can come here to receive free services like teeth cleaning and help with paperwork, or just to socialize. The center sponsors fun projects such as crafts and field trips. It would be great to have something like this in St.Petersburg, although we obviously can't do everything all at once.

We also visited one of the sponsored family centers out in the suburbs. They live in one side of a duplex and have a big fruit/vegetable garden out back. Their home seemed really pleasant and natural, in spite of regular monitoring by a psychologist. We liked the garden. :)

At the end of the day, we finally had time to get a bite to eat, and treated our driver and guide (and ourselves) to a nice meal.

In the photo below, we look a little disgruntled because the photo session is interrupting our delicious first course. All the food in front of me is not just mine; we were sharing. :)

That's all for now...

1 comment:

  1. Wow, sounds like they have a great program there. Especially the drop-in center for graduates. What a great way to give them a place where they feel they still belong. Sounds like you got a lot of great info and ideas.


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