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Kyiv Post Article

A Word with … Anne Bates Linden

Monday, June 18th 2007
By Harikrishnan Sankaran
Kyiv Post Copy Editorial

Although her stint as a Peace Corps volunteer ended over a decade ago, Anne continues to work in Ukraine, helping orphans and organizing art exhibitions. I asked Anne about these activities. “It was in 2000, while teaching English to 9th formers in the Stryi Gymnasium, that I first became interested in working with Ukraine’s at-risk youth. As part of a class in Environmental Science, I had students do a ‘re-use’ project with donations earmarked for the three orphanages (actually children’s homes) in the area. In 2003, I started Friends of the Morshen Orphanage – which in 2006 I expanded to include an ‘Internat’ – boarding school – in Mykolychin. Since the appointment of a new director, the school’s condition has improved markedly. But to turn a dilapidated warehouse into a decent educational facility for children of alcoholics (actually children with FASD) has taken and continues to take a lot of time, money, dedication and boundless energy. But in the end, it is very rewarding. I can confidently say that I am making a contribution to Ukraine.“