SPORT TOURNAMENT in Novo-Nikolaevka orphanage
New Hope Center had the privilege of putting together a sports team and heading to Nova-Nicholaivka orphanage, about an hour and a half drive from Zaporozhye. One of our friends, Yuriy, who was on the team, purchased and brought basketballs, volleyballs, sneakers, a ping pong table, etc. to give to the orphanage that has about 260 kids. The team was met by a very warm welcome, a concert by the kids, and a huge lunch.
Their basketball and volleyball teams challenged ours in tournaments and won! They did well whether they were dancing, playing instruments, or sports, and New Hope is excited about building a stronger connection with Nova-Nicholiavka, especially as many from their graduating class are coming to study at a trade school in Zaporozhye this fall.
On graduation day orphans got to visit a real salon and restaurant to be able to spend time in an actual working environment and they were even given the chance to practice some of the skills they learned during their training. At the end of the day we had a graduation party — we ate pizza, the graduates received certificates of completion, and had lots of fun!
The orphanage director, Vladimir, was very pleased with our visit and said: “You do not have to buy something in order to come. Just come to spend time and play sports with the kids!” He invited us to come back and we would like to go do another tournament in the spring.