Odessa Orphanage Celebrates a New Home

odessa-12The FJC’s “Mishpacha” Orphanage and Children’s home in Odessa, Ukraine celebrated the opening of its new home last week. The reconstructed 4-story building hosts a dormitory for the home’s 52 girls on the upper floor, while the other three floors are used for the Jewish elementary school of over 100 pupils, a kitchen & cafeteria complex and a gym.

odessa-18Prior to now the girls from Mishpacha lived in large rented apartments diffused throughout the city, and the conditions have often been lower than ideal.

odessa-5“The building is brand new, everything has been furnished to best serve the children’s needs, from desks to beds to pillows, to provide them with a comfortable place to learn and a real home. I think this is a very important and joyous event not only for our children and community but also for the entire city,” said chief rabbi of Odessa Avraham Wolf at the opening.

odessa-16The building has been reconstructed and presented to the community on the initiative of members of a local Odessa family, Viktoria and Sabrina Kogan.

odessa-6Heads of the city administration also participated in the opening ceremony and expressed hopes that the presence of the new home will pave way for a full reconstruction of the surrounding area, making it one of Odessa’s flourishing districts.

Courtesy FJC: The Federation of Jewish Communties of the CIS