Taras, Dima and Kostya collect firewood.
Last time we reported to you, we told you how we have been preparing our families for the intense experience that is summer camp. It is vital that we prepare our parents emotionally and practically, by advising them on saving up for the trip and what they will need to bring.
Since then, we have been able to visit our log cabin with a group of volunteers and start to repair the damage from 12 metres of snow and winter temperatures below 30 degrees C. As we suspected, the roof of our eating area was damaged by the snow. The weight of it caused roof covering to crack, which then let in the water when the snow melted. We put in place temporary repairs.
Quite apart from this we also, painted our playground equipment, put down a wooden floor in our group work area, cut the grass, cleared rubbish from the outside areas, cut down trees and bushes that could become a fire-risk in summer and chopped firewood for our stove. You can see we weren't idle!
All this work is so that we can host five summer camps this year. These include the summer camps you know about and are helping fund so generously for parents who grew up in orphanages and their children. This year we'll be running one camp for those with young children, and one for those with teenagers. In addition we'll also be running summer camps for families who have adopted children from orphanages and need support to bond and deal with the damage caused by their child's difficult start in life as well as for young people who are about to leave, or have just left, the orphanage system.
We are very grateful to our volunteers, many of whom are also members of our programmes. In the photo Dima's mother grew up in an orphanage and they are members of our support group. Taras and Kostya grew up in orphanages themselves and are members of our support group for young people who are about to leave or have just left the orphanage system. We are very proud of them for sharing the responsibility for making this year's camp a success and for working so hard.
We have very limited access to the internet over the summer months, so we will report back on our summer camps when we get back to the big city. I am sure we will have lots of news to share.