Katie leaves today for a 12 day trip to the Ukraine!
Through a partnership between the US-based Resource Foundation and the Aquilla Foundation, a missionary group in the Ukraine, the Occupational Therapy faculty at Governor’s State University takes a few students each year to serve children and adults with special needs. The Ukraine has universal healthcare and does not recognize many birth disorders and defects, which limits the amount of therapy an individual can receive. Also, occupational, physical, or speech therapists are not recognized healthcare providers there so those diagnosed with diseases/disorders only receive therapy from a medical doctor (and this is very basic and limited). Further, these individuals are not allowed to attend school so they live in group homes if their family cannot care for them.
The group will fly into Kiev and spend time there and in Chernivtsi [say that 10 times quickly!]. Among their varied experiences, the team will provide OT at a nursing home, a clinic for children with cerebral palsy, an orphanage, and to children who are unable to leave their homes. Above all, please pray for Katie and the group as they travel, serve, and learn.