Loving parents set up orphan project

Orphan project to help young girls

Orphan project to help young girls

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A PAIR of Sussex missionaries have been to Ukraine to help secure a better future for orphans.

During the past two years, Fritha and John Washington, both 30 and from Lewes, along with two-year-old daughter Bethel, have been working hard to secure premises to use as a family home for young women who might otherwise end up in the sex industry after coming out of orphanage care.

And, after gaining the support of St John the Baptist Church in Southover, Lewes, their vision is to have an entire network of such transition houses across Ukraine. Mrs Washington said: “Since independence from Russia over 20 years ago, Ukraine has done really well in trying to reverse the legacy many communities inherited.

“We want to help in that work to relieve the suffering and hardship faced by so many young lives there today.

“Everyone has been absolutely amazing.

“So many of the congregation have rallied behind us morally, financially and spiritually.”

Their car was stolen in the Ukraine and now they are looking for a bigger vehicle to transport more children.

Mr Washington said: “We need something bigger, but not anything which will draw attention to our work and make us a target. There’s an enormous need.

“So many of these vulnerable young people lack the basic skills we take for granted.

“Everything from how to cook, do laundry, wash, money management and even brushing your teeth.

“We’re having to show them everything.”

While back in Lewes, the Washingtons will be busy fundraising to allow them to expand their Youth With A Mission (YWAM) project which is being run in Vinnitsa – a city located in west-central Ukraine.

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9:42am Thu 7 Aug 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

What wonderful, extraordinary people! People who actually go and DO something worthwhile, instead of just continually telling people how morally superior and humane and decent they are on various Argus threads!

Will done Mr and Mrs Washington. I wish I could be more like you....

I hope the project is a great success!
What wonderful, extraordinary people! People who actually go and DO something worthwhile, instead of just continually telling people how morally superior and humane and decent they are on various Argus threads! Will done Mr and Mrs Washington. I wish I could be more like you.... I hope the project is a great success! Youlikemyjugs
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10:52am Thu 7 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

Youlikemyjugs wrote:
What wonderful, extraordinary people! People who actually go and DO something worthwhile, instead of just continually telling people how morally superior and humane and decent they are on various Argus threads!

Will done Mr and Mrs Washington. I wish I could be more like you....

I hope the project is a great success!
Slight aside, but last year there were 27,000 different charities working different projects in Africa.

That's 27,000 charities, with 27,000 support networks, with 27,000 sets of administration expenses, with the costs of flights and accommodation for 27,000 sets of overseers.

In addition, a number of the projects are set up by short sighted groups who fail to look at the long term benefits. An example is the Swedish charity who set up a number of inoculation and basic health clinics in Congo. What they failed to take into account was the lack fo electricity (meaning the vaccines all went off before use) and the problems recruiting training and retaining nurses (who immediately left to work abroad once trained) with the result that the clinics are now all rotten empty hulks.

And that is the basic problem with efforts such as these. Whilst seemingly individually worthwhile, the administration costs eat up a substantial part of the budget leaving less available for the purpose it was intended, and those in charge have their own agendas- which may or not correspond to those they are trying to assist and the efforts of others in the same area.

Whilst there is no doubt of the sincerity of these people, I can't help but feel that their cause might be better served by simply donating the money to an existing local organisation such as the YWCA http://ymca.org.ua/ who are already organised in this area, have the infrastructure and people in place, and by definition must understand the locality better.
[quote][p][bold]Youlikemyjugs[/bold] wrote: What wonderful, extraordinary people! People who actually go and DO something worthwhile, instead of just continually telling people how morally superior and humane and decent they are on various Argus threads! Will done Mr and Mrs Washington. I wish I could be more like you.... I hope the project is a great success![/p][/quote]Slight aside, but last year there were 27,000 different charities working different projects in Africa. That's 27,000 charities, with 27,000 support networks, with 27,000 sets of administration expenses, with the costs of flights and accommodation for 27,000 sets of overseers. In addition, a number of the projects are set up by short sighted groups who fail to look at the long term benefits. An example is the Swedish charity who set up a number of inoculation and basic health clinics in Congo. What they failed to take into account was the lack fo electricity (meaning the vaccines all went off before use) and the problems recruiting training and retaining nurses (who immediately left to work abroad once trained) with the result that the clinics are now all rotten empty hulks. And that is the basic problem with efforts such as these. Whilst seemingly individually worthwhile, the administration costs eat up a substantial part of the budget leaving less available for the purpose it was intended, and those in charge have their own agendas- which may or not correspond to those they are trying to assist and the efforts of others in the same area. Whilst there is no doubt of the sincerity of these people, I can't help but feel that their cause might be better served by simply donating the money to an existing local organisation such as the YWCA http://ymca.org.ua/ who are already organised in this area, have the infrastructure and people in place, and by definition must understand the locality better. Goldenwight
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11:46am Thu 7 Aug 14

andrewedmondson says...

I totally agree with Goldenright. It is understandable that people have a desire to actually go and do something to help others. That is laudable. But the world is not so simple.

The proposed facility is called a Mission and that says it all. This is about charity + religious evangelism. If the local congregation were asked to donate money to the YMCA (an organisation founded by Christians), I doubt they would be so generous.
I totally agree with Goldenright. It is understandable that people have a desire to actually go and do something to help others. That is laudable. But the world is not so simple. The proposed facility is called a Mission and that says it all. This is about charity + religious evangelism. If the local congregation were asked to donate money to the YMCA (an organisation founded by Christians), I doubt they would be so generous. andrewedmondson
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11:59am Thu 7 Aug 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

andrewedmondson wrote:
I totally agree with Goldenright. It is understandable that people have a desire to actually go and do something to help others. That is laudable. But the world is not so simple.

The proposed facility is called a Mission and that says it all. This is about charity + religious evangelism. If the local congregation were asked to donate money to the YMCA (an organisation founded by Christians), I doubt they would be so generous.
You obviously 'understand' the world far better than these foolish innocents who actually go and help.

Sounds like a good excuse for doing nothing - and then feeling good about it to boot!
[quote][p][bold]andrewedmondson[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with Goldenright. It is understandable that people have a desire to actually go and do something to help others. That is laudable. But the world is not so simple. The proposed facility is called a Mission and that says it all. This is about charity + religious evangelism. If the local congregation were asked to donate money to the YMCA (an organisation founded by Christians), I doubt they would be so generous.[/p][/quote]You obviously 'understand' the world far better than these foolish innocents who actually go and help. Sounds like a good excuse for doing nothing - and then feeling good about it to boot! Youlikemyjugs
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12:33pm Thu 7 Aug 14

andrewedmondson says...

Youlikemyjugs, why don't they join the YMCA out there? Why go to the bother of starting up something new with the potential to fail and the attendant costs? I am sure the existing YMCA will spend any contributions more efficiently and will be most grateful for their help.
Youlikemyjugs, why don't they join the YMCA out there? Why go to the bother of starting up something new with the potential to fail and the attendant costs? I am sure the existing YMCA will spend any contributions more efficiently and will be most grateful for their help. andrewedmondson
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1:06pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

Youlikemyjugs wrote:
andrewedmondson wrote: I totally agree with Goldenright. It is understandable that people have a desire to actually go and do something to help others. That is laudable. But the world is not so simple. The proposed facility is called a Mission and that says it all. This is about charity + religious evangelism. If the local congregation were asked to donate money to the YMCA (an organisation founded by Christians), I doubt they would be so generous.
You obviously 'understand' the world far better than these foolish innocents who actually go and help. Sounds like a good excuse for doing nothing - and then feeling good about it to boot!
Niether Andrew nor myself called these people either foolish or innocents. Nor did we claim any special knowledge of the world.

What we DID point out is that duplication and lack of local knowledge often lead to a waste of resources which are vitally needed to help those in need. Imagine a major disaster- earthquake, flood, whatever- where rather than major aid agencies sending a group of huge transport aircraft packed with supplies and workers who know the locality & people, relief was instead supplied by a number of (well meaning) people with no knowledge of the conditions or what is actually needed travelling out in their own cars carrying small amounts of relief goods. Result? Chaos, duplication, waste, and regrettably almost certainly death. But still better than nothing at all.

Indeed, my belief is that this pair cannot actually FAIL to do some good. Unlike some of those who pay to take year out volunteer type assignments overseas only to find that they are displacing local people from jobs, detracting from the local economy, generally being not particularly useful and then returning to the UK piously claiming about what a good job they have done. But then, they haven't 'done nothing' so your arguments would appear to support them.
[quote][p][bold]Youlikemyjugs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andrewedmondson[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with Goldenright. It is understandable that people have a desire to actually go and do something to help others. That is laudable. But the world is not so simple. The proposed facility is called a Mission and that says it all. This is about charity + religious evangelism. If the local congregation were asked to donate money to the YMCA (an organisation founded by Christians), I doubt they would be so generous.[/p][/quote]You obviously 'understand' the world far better than these foolish innocents who actually go and help. Sounds like a good excuse for doing nothing - and then feeling good about it to boot![/p][/quote]Niether Andrew nor myself called these people either foolish or innocents. Nor did we claim any special knowledge of the world. What we DID point out is that duplication and lack of local knowledge often lead to a waste of resources which are vitally needed to help those in need. Imagine a major disaster- earthquake, flood, whatever- where rather than major aid agencies sending a group of huge transport aircraft packed with supplies and workers who know the locality & people, relief was instead supplied by a number of (well meaning) people with no knowledge of the conditions or what is actually needed travelling out in their own cars carrying small amounts of relief goods. Result? Chaos, duplication, waste, and regrettably almost certainly death. But still better than nothing at all. Indeed, my belief is that this pair cannot actually FAIL to do some good. Unlike some of those who pay to take year out volunteer type assignments overseas only to find that they are displacing local people from jobs, detracting from the local economy, generally being not particularly useful and then returning to the UK piously claiming about what a good job they have done. But then, they haven't 'done nothing' so your arguments would appear to support them. Goldenwight
  • Score: 2

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