In the villages life goes on as usual. So far weather has been wonderful for gardens, it seems you can watch growth progressing from day to day. Early fruits have been abundant. If people have a few chickens and geese they appear to manage.
People are however expressing fears as to what the winter might bring. Gas, water and electricity prices are expected to rise significantly. The average pensioner's monthly salary is 1300 UAH - approximately $60-65 CND.
There are two schools in our town, the Russian School and the Ukrainian School. Yesterday morning we were invited to the Russian School to meet children participating in a summer language camp conducted in English. The principal, Marina Romanova, is a friend of ours. The children ranged from 7 to 10 years. We told them a few stories of early Canadian history and geography and then taught them two round songs related to our stories. They all participated in singing and it was a whole lot of fun. This took place in a language lab that the Mennonite Centre funded for the school this year. Each desk has controls and students listen on headphones as they learn. Pupils study in Russian, also learn Ukrainian, English and German.
|Rita with her daughter and grandson, her house in the back-|
ground, a windmill and the Mennonite Centre in Molochansk
Last week we hosted 22 MEDA representatives (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) at the Centre - delegates from Germany, Switzerland, France and Netherlands. Their objective is helping farmers unleash their potential to earn a livelihood and enrich their communities. They are specifically involved in a Horticultural Business Development Project in several regions of southern Ukraine, helping to develop domestic
A few more days to go and a few more things to do. It is hard to believe that our time in Ukraine is soon drawing to a close.
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