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That’s when she left the shelter called The Way Home where she was staying in Odessa, Ukraine and disappeared along with another girl and a boy.  That was 2007.  A month passed, then I remember an all night train ride to a city called Vinnytsia and an early morning bus ride to remote village half an hour away. The sun had still not come up when we found her in a cabin with less room inside than your normal living room.  The kids came back with us.

This third picture is her today, eight years later.


The train to Vinnetsia was a remarkable moment in my ten years of directing the work of This Child Here in Ukraine. Seeing this photo reminded me how the right kind of love and attention can help youth and children grow with grace into adulthood. Without the effort we put forth, you might be looking at a very different face.

Olya’s face is so hopeful and full of joy.

Robert Gamble


If you want the full story, it’s an 8 min read, click on  Train To Vinnytsia  on Medium.com.





If someone asked me to donate $25 a month….

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If someone asked me to donate $25 a month, there is one thing I would ask myself:

Will it make a difference?   

I believe people change people.

People inspire, teach, take care. People help, give hope and love. People can change other’s lives.


Robert Gamble, Executive Director, This Child Here, summer camp 2016 on the beach, Odessa Oblast.

Lives of vulnerable youth and children…


“This Child Here” project manager Alla Soroka with kids from the shelter, The Way Home.  

Lives of adults who want to help….


Foster and adopting parents training. Odessa, Ukraine

Lives of refugee families who lost their future…


Peace Camp for refugees of Eastern Ukraine, in Koblevo, Odessa Oblast.

Lives of young people who wish for peace in a time of war.


“Dialogue in Action,” a workshop on conflict for teens, Kiev, Ukraine

People change each other. We change ourselves. 

When you give, it makes a difference.  Will you give?

Robert Gamble

To donate and read more about This Child Here at work in Ukraine, click here.