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Center for Mother & Child

The single largest problem for teens leaving orphanages is housing. For young boarding school graduates, this may mean sleeping on a cot in a room with 3-4 other people.  For a teen mother, this often means giving up her child.  For Ukraine, this means entirely new generations of children growing up in institutions.  In collaboration with women organization 'Opika' we realized a project to provide a home for these young mothers. This is a holistic place where the Opika staff, volunteers, and mentors can work with both the girl and the child in a symbiotic way, preparing them both to create healthy family situations for the future and thus interrupting the cycling of children back into the system.