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Anastasia’s House

Christmas In August!


Christmas may be four months away, but at Heart for Orphans we are already thinking about our teens and their needs.  Would you help us fill a Christmas box with new items for our teens and house parents?  Here is a complete list of items needed.   FOOD – Peanut butter, Nutella, and gum  CLOTHING – […]

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DARA BUCZYNSKY


For many, donating to charity is a once-a-year event. But for Dara and Paul Buczynsky, giving is a way of life. “Paul and I focus our giving to organizations that fulfill the biblical mandate, and those that reach out to the least of these.” Dara is passionate about helping orphans. So much so that she […]

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MICHAEL’S HOUSE


Heart for Orphans opened our newest Transition Home, Michael’s House, in Kirovograd this past winter! Housefather Andrei, his wife Tanya and two children welcomed Igor, Sasha, Dennis, and Vasili into the home. They are pictured with Heart for Orphans’ founders Nancy and Steve Hathaway.

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Fun at the Races


Friends and family of Heart for Orphans and Hathaway Generators enjoyed a fun night at the Langley speedway Saturday, June 3rd. We all gathered to watch and cheer Casey Wyatt as he drove his late model stock car in the 100-lap race; Hathaway Electric/Hathaway Generators was one of the sponsors of his racecar. The Hathaway […]

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PING-PONG, Anyone?


Sasha is a big guy with a strong presence. He’s quick to tell you that when he was in the orphanage he was a ping-pong champion. He was regarded as the best player in the whole region, and he was even sent to Russia to compete! Sasha has an amazing ability to put together complex […]

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Viktor Mihaelovitch


People call him Viktor Mikaelovitch, even though he’s only 21. It’s a sign of respect. Viktor loves to dress nicely, often in a suit and tie. He always has a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone he meets, usually complimenting those around him. But Viktor’s sweet spirit and kindheartedness hides the […]

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FINALLY!


After months of searching for a reliable van, house father Vova gives a thumbs up to the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter that was purchased for Mel’s and Ruth’s Houses. In Ukraine, the Mercedes van is more of a reliable workhorse than the luxury brand that it is here in the U.S. House mother Tonya said, “I […]

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OPEN WIDE, PLEASE – Dental Clinic


Little Nastia sat nervously waiting her turn to be seen at the recent Heart for Orphans Dental. Like most kids there, she was terrified of dentists. Preventative dental care is a luxury few can afford, so most only go when their problems are severe. As a result, many kids like Nastia have to endure hours of […]

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Your Help is Needed


Merry Christmas from our family to yours! I just returned from Ukraine where I was once again humbled by the extraordinary sacrifice and commitment of our house parents in our Transition Homes. Day by day, week by week our house parents work with teen orphans who are hurting and need the support of a parent […]

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From My Heart To Yours


When I look back over the past 15 years, I am in awe of what God has done! What began as a passion to help orphans, with little more than a vision and much prayer, has blossomed into a ministry that has helped hundreds of orphaned kids. From our early days of helping older orphans […]

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A Ripple Effect


Anya was abandoned by her mother at the age of 14.  Now an orphan and still a child, Anya’s heart was broken and feelings of loneliness, neglect, and self-doubt replaced feelings of happiness, love and family. With no one to turn to, Anya was uncertain of her future and what lay ahead, but Anya’s life […]

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Anastasia’s House


Heart for Orphans is excited to announce the opening of Anastasia’s House, a new home for orphaned girls in eastern Ukraine! The name is truly fitting as Anastasia means “resurrection” or “new life”, which is at the very heart and mission of our Transition Home Program. We are proud that Natasha, once an orphan herself, […]

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Welcome Luba!


Ever since Luba was a child, she has dreamed of becoming a teacher so she could inspire kids.  To her, it does not matter whether they come from a home or an orphanage.  Kids are kids!  Luba began volunteering with Heart for orphans in 2014 and joined the Ukrainian staff this past May.  She said […]

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An Interesting Perspective


“I just wanted to share a little tidbit to let you know Heart for Orphans (H4O) is never far from my heart and mind. Last Sunday, as is done in many churches this time of year, a group of high school and college seniors were being recognized for the milestones they had accomplished at this point in […]

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Coming Full Circle


Leonid has seen a lot in his 20 years…from losing his mother at the age of three, to the loneliness of being an orphaned child, to witnessing the ravages of war. But what would stop many of us in our tracks, hasn’t stopped this young man…today Leonid is reaching out and helping Ukrainian refugees as […]

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Around the Family Table by Diane Lynn Elliot


Stepping into the courtyard at Ruth’s House, a Heart for Orphans Transition Home in Ukraine, I knew this place was special. We were greeted warmly by the house mom, Tonia, holding her small baby. Even though we didn’t speak the same language, she immediately made us feel at home. Then, one by one, more than […]

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Reflections on Home


“This is home’… this was my first thought at touchdown at the Atlanta airport, my thought when my grown daughter greeted me, and my grateful thought when entering my warm, comfortable home group-hugged by a family that loves me. But, this was also a thought I had during the two weeks I traveled with Nancy Hathaway to Ukraine […]

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Vika and Vova… Making a Difference in Kenya!


In a small village in Central Kenya, the fruit of our ministry continues to grow. Vika and her husband, Vova, are Orphan Outreach Coordinators in Kenya, doing work very few are willing to do. They are opening their arms and hearts to street children. Vika grew up as an orphan, never knowing the love of […]

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Soaring Like An Eagle!


Dima, who graduated from Mel’s House, is the type of young man any mother would be proud of! Dima was an orphan, not wanted by anyone. After graduating from the orphanage, he came to live at a Heart for Orphans Transition Home, Mel’s House, where he was surrounded by the love and patience he needed. […]

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Benjamin’s Update


We are delighted to announce that baby Benjamin and mother Natasha will travel to the Czech Republic soon so that Benjamin can receive the treatment he so desperately needs! Due to complications during delivery, Benjamin stopped breathing for 15 minutes. This lack of oxygen to the brain caused a delay in the development of his […]

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Changed Lives


The year ended on a high note for Leonid and Sergey, two of our boys from Mel’s House. After six months of preparation, the boys were baptized before their church family and their brothers and sisters from Mel’s and Ruth’s Houses’. Both said they were nervous, but so excited to finally dedicate their lives to […]

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Will you help baby Benjamin?


Benjamin almost died.  He stopped breathing for 15 minutes during childbirth. Panic stricken, all his parents could do was pray. Pray that their son would live! Those were the longest 15 minutes of Natasha’s life, but God heard their prayers and miraculously baby Benjamin started breathing! Natasha, now a wife and a mother of two, […]

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Coming Home


In January when the snow starts to pile up and there is a chill in the air, young twenty-something’s from all over Ukraine make the journey back to a village outside of Berdyansk. Often they travel with their spouse and a child or two in tow. They are headed to the only home they’ve ever […]

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#GivingTuesday


December 1st is #GivingTuesday!  Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. This year, give to Heart for Orphans. Join this global effort in supporting charities with end-of-year gifts. Your support will help us fund our programs in […]

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Maxim’s Surgery, Thank You Riverside!


A BIG thank you to Riverside Medical Center, President and CEO Bill Downey and neurosurgeon Dr. William McAllister for providing 16-year-old Maxim with a new lease on life. Maxim, an orphan teen from Ukraine travelled to the U.S. in October to receive life-changing surgery through the help of Heart for Orphans. Dr. McAllister repaired Maxim’s skull, which […]

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Hands Touching Hearts Across the Water 2015


On October 10th at the annual Hands Touching Hearts Across the Water fundraising dinner, 180 guests learned first-hand the strong impact Heart for Orphans is having on orphan teens in Ukraine. The inspirational program included testimonials given by the members of the 2015 Vision Trip, the release of new videos and a guest appearance by […]

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Six Strangers Travel to Ukraine…


Six strangers from around the U.S. came together to attend the Heart for Orphans 2015 Vision Trip. Little did each of them know the impact the trip would have on their hearts forever! They played with children in orphanages, treated teens to their very first pizza, took a whole group of orphans out on a boat, and even went […]

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How Our Transition Homes Change Teens


Like so many orphans in Ukraine, Timofey was left to grow up without a family… abandoned by those who are suppose to care for him.  Timofey was just a face in a crowd of children – alone in the world – until  he found his way to Mel’s House, a Heart for Orphans boys home […]

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Ukraine: September 1st – 12th


“Catch the Vision” of Heart for Orphans during an 11-day trip to Ukraine.*  Join Nancy Hathaway on a life-changing journey and learn more about what we do and why we do it! You will be visiting our Transition Homes, orphanage baby houses, children’s Orphanages and Trade Schools. This fast-paced yet exciting trip will provide a thorough overview of our programs […]

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Changing Lives… One Child at a Time


Heart for Orphans is known for Transition Homes for teen orphans, but did you know we also have Outreach Programs? One example is in Kirovograd, a city in central Ukraine. “We visit four orphanages on a regular basis and minister to these kids,” said Andrey, Heart for Orphans Outreach Coordinator. “Because of the help we […]

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My Life Has Changed! Marina’s Story


Marina was eight years old when social workers came to her house and took her and her five sisters away. They were all placed in an orphanage because their mother didn’t have the means to care for them and their father was nowhere to be found. “It was hard living in the orphanage,” Marina said. “There […]

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Orphan Outreach Program


Heart for Orphans is making an impact in Kyrgyzstan through orphan outreach. Tima, an orphan himself and one of the original boys at Mel’s House, went to Kyrgyzstan two years ago to help orphan children. On a weekly basis, Tima visits with approximately 50 children, ages 5 through 15, to mentor and guide them, and to share […]

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The Boxes Arrived!!!


The war in Ukraine is emotionally heavy for us… we are praying for the safety of our kids, house parents, and their future. But we smiled a bit this week when we received word that the boxes of coats, shoes, clothing and toiletries we sent back in November arrived! The kids were thrilled beyond words. Our sincere thanks go to […]

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The Love of Family: Maxim’s Story


He wasn’t supposed to survive. He was brutally beaten by his own father. His skull… fractured in two places, but somehow he defied the odds. Maxim who is now 15 years old has finally found peace and love at Mercy House in the Odessa region of Ukraine. Housemother Lina has taken him under her wing, like […]

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The War Through Anya’s Eyes


As the situation worsens in Ukraine and war looms, it is the orphans who suffer the most. Anya is a pretty girl with a twinkle in her eye, but these days her eyes are filled with panic and fear. Anya lived in Grace House in Makiyivka, but as of late she has been living in a […]

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Team H4O Ends MCM with a Bang!


Congratulations to Team H4O for running in this year’s Marine Corps Marathon (MCM).  Each of the runners successfully finished the race and raised more than $1,400 for Heart for Orphans.  We are extremely grateful to Steve Hathaway, Don Ferguson and Lee Hilt for this immense effort. Steve completed the 26.2-mile race in 4 hours 52 minutes, […]

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10 Days and Counting!


Help us cheer on Team Heart for Orphans as they go for it all in this year’s Marine Corps Marathon!  With this year’s race just 10 days away (October 26th), join us in supporting the efforts of Steve Hathaway, Don Ferguson, and Lee Hilt as they run to raise money for Heart for Orphans. All […]

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Project Warmth


Now more than ever we need your help with our WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE! Due to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, many of the orphan teens we support have been displaced and are now refugees wearing only the clothes on their back. While you are out shopping for fall clothes for your children and/or grandchildren, we […]

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House of Mercy


Heart for Orphans is pleased to announce its partnership with Dr. Lina and House of Mercy in the Odessa region of Ukraine. Lina’s passion for education enables her to stress the importance of school and walking with the Lord with the orphan teens. In a recent report from Lina, we learned that seven orphans received […]

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Please Pray…


As Ukraine’s future remains uncertain, we continue to ask for your support in prayer. As one of our house parents wrote in a recent report, “Please pray for our country. The situation here is very difficult…Shootings are not stopping, people are dying, and children are suffering.” At this time only one of our homes has been […]

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They’re Safe!


Recently we shared about groups of orphans who were in a dangerous place in the war zone of Ukraine. We are happy to report they are now safe! Hallelujah! Thank you all for your prayers! God is great!! Please keep those prayers coming…there are other kids who need protection also.

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Population 757


Heart for Orphans has been featured on a new local website called Population757.com! The website launched July 4th with a focus on life in the 757 area code. It was created by several moms who wanted an online community where residents can read, talk, and share about life in the 757 area. The ladies goal… […]

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Thank You OrphansLink – Supporting Orphan Mothers


Big thank you to OrphansLink ministry for their generous gift of $1,000 towards the mothers and babies ministry! These funds were used to purchase greatly needed baby items. When vulnerable young girls age-out of orphanages at 16, they leave a protected environment and find themselves in a very rough world. Typically, within two years most […]

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Vision Trip… September 10–20, 2014


Have you ever dreamed of going on a trip where you make a difference in someone’s life? Well, if you have…the first step is stop dreaming and start planning! On September 10th, Heart for Orphans Director, Nancy Hathaway, will lead an 11-day Vision Trip to Ukraine where the team will have the opportunity to visit […]

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Fenced In!!!


Thanks to our amazing donors, we were able to build a much-needed fence around Mel’s & Ruth’s Houses.  Housemother Tonya said, “we have prayed for two years to have a chance to change the fence”.  Last week, their prayers were answered. A new metal fence was placed around the perimeter of both houses and the […]

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Thank You Girl Scout Troop #1377!


A very big thank you to Girl Scout Troop #1377, of Williamsburg, VA for donating $240 to Heart for Orphans! Every year, the Girl Scouts donate 10% of their cookie sales to a charity of their choice and this year, they generously helped our ministry! These girls worked hard selling cookies to raise money for their troop and for Heart for […]

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You Shop. Amazon Gives.


Heart for Orphans is grateful to Amazon for allowing us to participate in their giving back program.  It is easy!  All you have to do is shop till you drop at AmazonSmile! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases when you shop at AmazonSmile.com. Shop today and help us, help our […]

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Ukraine Crisis Update


“Our hope is that unity and peace will prevail.” The recent Presidential election in Ukraine has brought a cautious optimism, and hope for the future. Despite the fear of war, the election had the largest voter turnout capturing more than 54% of the vote. Our hope is that unity and peace will prevail. However with that […]

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My Life is Not a Mistake


“For ten lonely years, I lived in an orphanage. My name is Andrey and I am 20. When I was three years old, my parents divorced. Papa left with my sister and a few years later, Mama was institutionalized with schizophrenia. My younger brother and I were separated and placed in orphanages.” Navigating through life isn’t […]

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CAFO 2014


The Christian Alliance for Orphans 2014 Summit was one filled with hope and inspiration! The two-day event took place May 1st and 2nd in Chicago, IL, at the Willow Creek Community Church. More than 2,700 attendees representing 37 countries gathered to advocate for orphans worldwide. The focus of the summit was on effective foster care, […]

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Hands Touching Hearts Across the Water


On April 26th, hearts were touched at a private fundraising event for Heart for Orphans.  As the sun set on the beautiful James River, over 120 guests gathered in Charles City at the lovely waterfront home of Patsy and Gerry Swecker to learn more about the Williamsburg ministry that helps orphan teens in Ukraine. “These […]

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Donor Spotlight: Patsy Swecker


Last September, Patsy Swecker and a group of fellow Christians traveled to Ukraine for what became a life-changing experience. She discovered, the orphan teens in Ukraine are more than orphans, they are individuals, each blessed with unique talents and gifts and a deep yearning for the love of family. She now carries in her heart […]

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Crisis in Ukraine: What Will Their Future Hold?


“As frightening as this may sound, I am encouraged because people all over the country are praying… praying for peace and God’s protection.”  Steve and I just returned from Ukraine where we spent time with our kids, house parents, in-country partners and staff. Everyone is safe and out of harms way. However, the feeling throughout […]

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Nancy and Steve in Ukraine


On Monday of this week, Nancy and Steve Hathaway flew to Ukraine to check in with houseparents and ministry partners. In a Skype call with the office yesterday, Nancy reported that everything seems normal despite the delicate situation in Ukraine. People are praying and calling out to God throughout the country to keep their homeland […]

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Ukraine Touched Our Hearts Forever


It’s always wonderful to hear the impact a trip to Ukraine has on an individuals heart. In the summer of 2013, the Ukraine Missions Team out of North Carolina traveled to Ukraine with Heart for Orphans. Donna Landes, one of the team members recently sent us an email with the following comment: “On behalf of […]

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Ripple Effect


Your support of the work we do in Ukraine has a ripple effect on the lives of children around the world. Isn’t it humbling to see how our own trials often pale in comparison to others? Things we so often take for granted… like heat and hot water… are answers to prayer for others. Ira […]

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Crisis in Ukraine


Many of you have been following the stories of the crisis in Ukraine, and several have asked how it has affected our homes and our kids.  Are they safe? Our homes are currently safe and a great distance from the situation in Kyiv. (340-450 miles away!) For the most part, it is business as usual […]

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