The Gvardyeskaya orphanage complex was built in 1962 in the Simferopol suburb of Gvardeyskom. Initially, it was a regular school. From 1967 to 1998 it was a boarding school. Since then, it has operated as an orphanage for the developmentally delayed and for children whose parents are unable to care for them. The main building is a three-story structure which contains the classrooms and living quarters for the children. The grounds also contain buildings that are a hospital, laundry, and heating room. We currently care for 196 children – 26 are developmentally delayed who have been orphaned, and the remainder have parents unable to care for them due to severe poverty. In addition to some basic classroom work, the children receive basic vocational training – the boys learn to make things with wood, and the girls with fabric. Hopefully this training will prepare them for a productive life outside the orphanage.

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Thanks for kind donations: Tom & Lee Santilli, Richard & Rebecca Soverns, Craig Walker, Anonymous, Esfuerzo y Dedicación, Rachel Frenzel, Michelle Irby, Olga Faden, Carlo Scevola & Partners, Hoefler Consulting Group (In Honor of the Bernard Family), Kevin Vidato, Irene Karg, Dell Direct Giving Campaign, Mariya Carrell, Natalia Ryndina, Lois Norman, ING Foundation, Kendall Krawchuk, Dmitriy Kalinchuk, Matthew Otis, and our own permanent fund: Adam Sheda Memorial Fund.Relief Fund.