Today is the day before the big 20 year celebration of the Revival Centre. This is the first time in seven years that I've been here and ten for Bev. It seems like yesterday that we were here. We used to come here about once a year, but my work conditions have changed and it is not possible now.
It was a wonderful day catching up to see what progress there has been since we were here last
There are 160 workers here of all sorts. He expects all to have dedication to the environment that he has. He wants things done his way now. And, the fruits show themselves in the wonderful results. The government has taken notice and has been giving support, grants for new construction and subsidy for patient care
Dr. Pasichynk came by at 10 am and we toured our beloved "Revival" Centre for Rehabilitation Centre. It has become a model and considered the best place for treating children in all of Ukraine. People come from all over, including internationally to see what he’s done.
He provides an entire scope of various treatments and supplemental services. He has picked up on what he’s seen in his travels around the world to improve his center, including the two visits to the United States sponsored by LifeNets. In the United States he saw how important it was to provide a cheery environment from some of the children’s hospitals he visited. Even seeing how mowed lawns added to order and natural cheer is replicated here
Several people took us around, including the vice-director of the Centre Svetlana, who is a competent and able woman with the same mission as Dr. P. Also, we were taken around by Dr. P’s wife Natalia Zenchenko who proudly showed us all the various parts of the hospitals including the new additions since our last visit.
We were pleased to see the two areas that LifeNets sponsored. One is the Choreography Hall where children undergo dance therapy. That was a LifeNets sponsored project back more than ten years ago. The other is “Beverly Hall” for physical therapy and some massage. It was Beverly Kubik who led the drive to have this place built and it was named in her honor.
There is an emphasis on male workers with children. Some children come from homes without a father or masculine influence and this is important for a child's development
Dr. P lives modestly. His salary is $300 a month. Most workers at the Center make about one third of that. My point to reveal this is to show the kind of conditions that the people live in. Inflation in Ukraine is rampant because of the war and tension with Russia. My heart hurts so much for these people who have gone through physical, political trauma with no clear end in sight.
The government provides 25 percent of the cost of treatment. Organization such as LifeNets help with the rest. There are as many as 200 children in treatment at any one time
We were moved to tears of joy when seeing the fruit of 20 years of work that LifeNets is so proud to be a part of.
We had lunch with Dr. P and his wife Natalia in an Italian restaurant in town. Then we went back to the Center.
We had a visitor from Belarus, Natasha Teague’s son came by from Gomel to deliver some items for his mother in the United States.
Then we went back to Dr. P’s apartment in town. For the evening my nephew Colin, along with Bev and me went into Chernihev to the Lviv Chocoate Café, Colin's a favorite place to go for coffee and just to relax. We had coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, cappuccino, and waters. All for less than four dollars.
Then we walked down the middle of a boulevard towards the Desna River and the ancient churches. We stopped at a restaurant and had dinner for the three of us for $16
By the way, the churches in Italy made a nice contribution to the Center that I presented to Dr. P. He wrote a nice letter to Carmelo Anastasi.
Tomorrow is the big celebration day. Visitors from the United Kingdom are arriving today.
Day at the "Revival" Centre
Wednesday, June 22, 2016