SOMERSET, N.J. – Archbishop Daniel of the UOC-U.S.A. traveled to Ukraine on December 21-23 to visit the Znamianka Children’s Orphanage in Kirovohrad Oblast. The archbishop delivered financial assistance from the faithful of the UOC-U.S.A. for necessary repairs of the heating pipes in the orphanage and to help pay for the annual wages for special needs instructors at the orphanage.
The archbishop wrote on his Facebook page that “time flies so fast… years go by… but the love we share with the children of Znamianka Orphanage is eternal… I am grateful for the opportunity to deliver financial assistance on behalf of the faithful and its clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. to Znamianka Orphanage in Ukraine under the leadership of Tatyana Ivanivna Valko…”
The Znamianka Orphanage is the first among five orphanages in Ukraine that the UOC-U.S.A. took under its care, aided by the work of the Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Fund, led by Dr. Zenon and Nadia Matkiwsky. The UOC-U.S.A. has provided financial, material and spiritual assistance to the orphanage for the past 24 years.
Donations to support the orphanage can be sent to Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A., P.O. Box 495, South Bound Brook, NJ, 08880. Additional information can be found at the UOC-U.S.A. website, www.uocofusa.org.