FAQ

About Life2Orphans:

* What is a Life2Orphans Coordinator?

* How can I become a Life2Orphans Coordinator?

Shipping:

* How do you ship donations to the orphanages?

* What does it cost to ship donations to the orphanages from Portland?

* What should I send with my parcels when I send them to the mission?

* Can I have items that I purchase online delivered to the Mission in Portland?

Donations:

* How can I send food to the orphanages?

* How do you check that the donations are really used for the kids?

* Should I donate money directly to the orphanage?

* I can’t afford to donate right now but would like to help. What can I do?

* Why do you work with these orphanages?

* How can I help "my" orphanage?

* Why is it important to send strollers, shoes and outdoor clothing?

* Do you take second hand items?

* Must I ship donations through the mission in Portland?

* Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

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What is a Life2Orphans Coordinator?


The orphanage coordinator is equivalent to a Project Manager for the orphanage.

As a coordinator, you do not need to do all the work yourself but you do need to be the single point of accountability and the person who drives the donation process for your orphanage.

We do ask coordinators to arrange payment of $10 a month. This helps to cover the work that the volunteers do in Ukraine.

Some of the key coordinator functions:
§ Be your orphanage advocate.
§ Raise shipping funds for general donations for your orphanage, for example, shoes, clothes, etc. that come into the mission.
§ If it is a baby orphanage (except for Khmelnitsky who declined food aid), try and find sponsors for baby food.
§ Run the Xmas project for your orphanage.
§ Find other families (who have adopted, who are simply interested in helping) to form a team for your orphanage – makes it so much easier then if an urgent need arises. There is strength in numbers.
§ Send any questions you have for the orphanage to questions@life2orphans.org.
§ Send any updates for the website to the Webmaster.
Write news snippets or articles for the website.
§ See if you can find ways to meet some of the other needs of your orphanage (fundraising, online auction items via Life2Orphans, get your Rotary club/scout troop/church involved, approach companies for support, and so on).
§ Project Empty Orphanage – we are running the pilot project to get +-90 children registered for adoption at a baby orphanage by getting the bio moms to sign in front of a notary. § We would like to do this elsewhere too.
§ Find a co-coordinator to help.

Not everyone can do all of these things all the time but if you are covering some of them that is fantastic.

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How can I become a Life2Orphans Coordinator?

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How do you ship donations to the orphanages?

Please ship ALL donations through Nazarene Ministry of Help (exceptions would be donations being sent from other countries). The Mission has years of experience dealing with clearing humanitarian aid through customs. In addition, the Mission is able to ship large and odd-shaped items, for example, wheelchairs. In order for the donation to be receipted (and tax deductible where applicable) the donations need to ship through the Mission in Portland where Life2Orphans can process them.

Please read our shipping instructions.

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What does it cost to ship donations to the orphanages from Portland?

Please check our shipping calculator.

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What should I send with my parcels when I send them to the mission?

Please complete a shipping form.

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Can I have items that I purchase online delivered to the Mission in Portland?

If you purchase items online you can have them delivered directly to the Mission.

Nazarene Ministry of Help

Victor Vityukov/Megan Fordenbacher

Life2Orphans

5805 SE Gladstone

Portland, Oregon 97206

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How can I send food to the orphanages?

Visit the Food Project page, to order juice, formula and cereal from Nestle at 10% below wholesale cost, and have it sent directly to the orphanages.

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How do you check that the donations are really used for the kids?

We have local representatives who live in Ukraine. We have provided them with digital cameras to be used when visiting the orphanages. In addition, they are in frequent telephone contact with the orphanages. The orphanages issue official donation registration documents that detail the donations. These are counter signed by several members of staff. See the picture below for an example.

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Should I donate money directly to the orphanage?

No. The orphanages that we work with have requested that they NOT receive cash donations.

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I can’t afford to donate right now but would like to help. What can I do?

§         write to corporations and appeal for donations

§         raise interest and awareness in your community

§         start a collection project

§         direct people to the Life2Orphans website

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Why do you work with these orphanages?

We have the necessary mechanisms in place to check on donations in these orphanages and they have proved themselves to be honest. This is very important to donors. We know that there are many other needy orphanages and this is why we are happy to assist with cost-effective shipping from Portland to orphanages in the Ukraine.

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How can I help "my" orphanage?

If you are a family who adopted at an orphanage and would like to be involved in supporting your orphanage please contact us. 

Life2Orphans can offer you the following:

§        George, our local representative, can visit your orphanage and perform a needs analysis, making up a list of the orphanage's most desperate needs. Take a look at the photos from a recent visit to the Nadvirna orphanage.

§      Send food to your orphanage.

Visit the Food Project page, to order juice, formula and cereal from Nestle at 10% below wholesale cost, and have it sent directly to the orphanages.

§        You can ship parcels via the mission in Portland (this may be more cost-effective that your current shipping options and we have never had a problem with customs).

§        From time to time we have surplus items from corporate donations that we may be able to send your orphanage, for example, recently we shipped 700 pairs of shoes to several orphanages.

§         An online group where you can correspond with all the families involved and benefit from their experience collecting for their orphanage, for example, Mel (our "diaper queen") has taught other families how to collect washable diapers.

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Why is it important to send strollers, shoes and outdoor clothing? 

Vitamin D is manufactured in the body and is essential for the formation and growth of bones, teeth and for the utilization of calcium and phosphorus in the body. Vitamin D is often called "the sunshine vitamin" because of the abundance supplied by the sun through its action on the skin. Therefore, the person who gets enough sunshine each day (at least 30 minutes) receives sufficient amounts of Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency causes rickets in children. Rickets is most likely to occur during periods of rapid growth when high levels of calcium and phosphate are demanded. Rickets is usually seen in young children 6 - 24 months old and is uncommon in newborns.

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Do you take second hand items?

Donated items should be new, or clean and gently used. Items should not have rips, holes, missing buttons, broken zippers, stains or spots. Providing quality items to the orphanages we support will ensure a longer usage cycle for each item. In addition, items received at the orphanages are kept track of by the Ukrainian government, and will reduce the amount of items sent by the government to the homes. It would be a tragedy to miss out on government provided assistance when receivng throw-away items as donations.

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Must I ship donations through the mission in Portland?

No, you can ship them to the orphanages directly. We do suggest that you consider using the mission as they have years of experience dealing with clearing humanitarian aid through customs. In addition, the mission is able to ship large and odd-shaped items, for example, wheelchairs.

In order for the donation to be receipted (and tax deductible where applicable) the donations need to ship through the mission in Portland where Life2Orphans can process them.

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Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Please save either your cancelled check or your PayPal receipt if your donation is under $250. The IRS only requires us to send a written acknowledgment of donation for anything over $250. We love thanking everyone personally, but since we are trying to make every penny go to the children, we would prefer to save the postage and only send required letters to those who give over $250. We know that everyone would want every penny to go to the kids as well, so thank you in advance for keeping a record for your taxes. If your donation is over $250, we will send a formal donation statement to you at the end of the quarter in which you donated. We want our overhead to be as close to zero as possible. If you would like to receive a receipt or be kept updated on our project by email, please send your email address with your check. Thank you!

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