As many of you know, in addition to teaching English as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I am also involved in youth development work in my community, with a focus on healthy lifestyles. In that vein, my Ukrainian counterparts and I have organized and submitted a grant proposal with the intent of providing the local youth sports center with much needed equipment (from sports equipment to heating units.) Please take a look at the project, and if you’re able to, donate! Even if you’re not personally able to donate to the project, please forward the information to anyone and everyone you think would be interested in being part of this undertaking!
(PS I will be promoting this project endlessly until it’s funded, so be prepared!!)
I took this photo during an HIV/AIDS awareness camp held in Ukraine. The three students seen here, from the 8th form, created the poster as a project to show what they learned. The poster says "We Stop AIDS Together" in Ukrainian. - Peace Corps Education Volunteer Kathryn Trescott
Peace Corps Volunteer Shelia Slemp is joined by Ukrainian friends for a cooking demonstration at the Folklife Festival. They are cooking red borscht — beet based soup enjoyed with smetana (sour cream).
Later in the week, Slemp is singing, acting, and dancing with the Opika Performance Group, a group of nine young students from Ukraine. The group also educates the community, through performance art, about quality of life issues impacting Western Ukraine.