Vova and Tonia
House Parents- Mel’s House and Ruth’s HouseZaporizhzhia region
Vova and Tonia have been part of the Heart for Orphans family since 2011. They are parents to five biological children and house parents to many orphan teens at Mel’s and Ruth’s Houses. They believe in their hearts that God called them to this ministry to give back. Vova comes from a large family, he was one of nine children, but when the family fell on hard times, he and his siblings were placed in an orphanage. To this day, he still remembers the feelings of loneliness and abandonment. Tonia on the other hand was an only child, but her father died when she was young and Tonia had to care for her sick mother. She grew up listening to a radio program called “State Children”, but in her mind there is no such thing as state children. Children belong in a family. Shortly thereafter, Tonia was invited to help out in church ministry. She met Vova, they fell in love and have been married for 10 years. They knew then that their passion was to help children. They admit that they have the same love for each of the orphan teens in their home as for their own children.