Serving in:

Ministry focus:

  • Building community for orphans in Ukraine
with image description Since 2020
Serhii Shpakovskyi

Serhii  is a guy of few words and is not wheelchair bound, a great helper.  He may qualify as non-verbal, but that doesn't stop him from trying. Those that cared, over the years have worked with him, helping him to communicate in one or two word phrases.

I was first introduced to Serhii, by the director of the orphanage in Oleshky, not to Serhii himself, but to the crafts he was making. Serhii would get bored to tears just sitting doing nothing all day and by the end of the day, the nannies taking care of him would find some part of his clothing ripped off and missing, or a towel misplaced and gone. A day or two later when the sheets were changed, or clothes were sorted through dolls would be found. Without needle and thread, without lessons or teaching, he would make these little figures or animals like dogs with the resources he could find.

Once his creativity was discovered the nannies and staff were thrilled to supply him with any and every resource they could find for him, but this ruined it for Serhii. Many of the materials he was extremely allergic to so the one caretaker that oversaw him through the day time ended up taking every resource away from him, because of the allergic reactions he was having to materials.

As volunteers, we tried to provide a source of creativity to him through "acceptable materials" but his desire to create was soon greatly deminished. Serhii was moved out to Kiary, an institution housing 356 men. He always has a smile for us when we come to visit and though when he was first moved, his allergies and hey fever were out of control, he's finally on the right medicines and dosage to help him, so he's not miserable. His friend Slava was moved at the same time, these two guys will share space together, once again very soon in Stephen's Home.

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