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July 17, 2011                                                            Issue No. 15
In this issue
Aiding Japan Earthquake Victims Directly
Third Ukraine Teaching English As a Second Language Program On Now
LifeNets North Dakota Helps with Missouri River Flooding

Greetings!  


The most exciting news to us is the rapid progress to finish construction of JohJan LifeNets Academy for grades 1-12 in Migori, Kenya. My colleague, John Elliott, just returned from Kenya

JohJan LifeNets Academy - Migori, Kenya

JohJan LifeNets Academy - Migori, Kenya

and produced an excellent seven minute video that tells about its construction and LifeNets involvement. The YouTube version is embedded on the right and I invite you to watch it by clicking on it. 

 

Ultimately the 11 classroom school will serve 400 students by providing a high level of quality education, prepare some for university level education and teach Christian values and moral behaviors.

 

We will write more about the school in the next newsletter, but you can read the ongoing construction story in blog-like style on our website at http://lifenets.org/johjan/

 

JohJan LifeNets Academy is becoming known as a premier school in this rural area of Kenya.  

 

2010 Annual Report

2010 LifeNets Annual Report

We produced our Annual Report for the year 2010.  We are not mailing it out to everyone generally, however, if  you would like to have a printed copy please email us at ar@lifenets.org, include your address and we will send you one right away. 

 

The PDF report is available online and you can download and print yourself.  You can see the report in the "newsletter" section of our website at www.lifenets.org/newsletter. There is a regular and high quality (2.6 meg) version online. Or click on the image to the left to quickly see the report.

 

We can't cover all the stories in this eNewsletter, but we do communicate all LifeNets happenings through our website.  

 

If you have not done so, please join our Facebook Group at www.facebook.com/lifenets. We have over 1800 fans and would always like to add more. This gives us the opportunity to tell of any new LifeNets developments on the day they happen.  Also, be sure to check with with our Website at www.lifenets.org/ which has the most comprehensive write-up of LifeNets news.

 

We have noticed a significant drop in our contributions in the past few months. For two years we have not asked our friends and donors for help, but now I feel it necessary to remind those who are interested in what we are doing to please help us.  We truly appreciate our regular contributors who have made LifeNets their charity of choice and trust us to use their contribution in the most effective way. That was have tried to do and will continue to do.  

                                                         Victor Kubik                                 

 

 

 


Victor Kubik

LifeNets, President

 

 
Helping Victims in the Fukushima Area of Japan ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

We raised more than $11,000 to help March 11th  earthquake and tsunami victims in the Sendai and Fukushima areas of Japan. We want to help as directly as we can. We've researched where and how we could do that through ophthalmologist Dr. Yumi Yamamoto, LifeNets representative in Japan. Just one of the ways we were able to help victims was to provide much needed electric fans to citizens in Iwaki City, 30 miles from the damaged Fukushima reactor.  Yumi writes us:  

Electric Fans Arrive in the Fukushima Area

Electric Fans Arrive in the Fukushima Area

 "You know it is the rainy season and it is very hot and humid. The electric fans were really helpful there. In Fukushima, they are afraid of opening windows due to a risk of nuclear contamination, but many people cannot afford turning the air conditioner on, because they are really poor now. Of course there are people who do not have air conditioners at the shelters, temporary houses, or new apartments.  

 

"There are many old people who are carried to the hospital because of heart attacks caused by mental stresses or dehydration. Young mothers are so afraid the influence of nuclear to their children. They don't know what to eat or what to drink. And even yesterday there was news about  aftershocks at several places in Japan, including Tohooku area. Four months has now passed since the earthquake."                                                                           - Yumi

 

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On our website at www.lifenets.org/japan you can read more about how we aided families that have lost most everything and the story about our how we became so involved. LifeNets policy is that when we help, we want to do it through volunteers directly to victims and the Japan disaster has been a good example of this.  
 

Third Ukraine Teaching English As a Second Language Program On Now ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

At this very moment LifeNets is sponsoring an English Class in the Carpathian Region of Ukraine. The program runs from July 5-20, 2011. Vasyl and Irina Polichko, directors, bring in children from Vinogradov and surrounding areas along with their orphans and street children that they take care of themselves.

LifeNets has chosen five people to go on the third such mission. Previous missions can be reviewed at http://lifenets.org/vinogradov. Those going are Oleh Kubik (coordinator), Natasha Kubik, Heather Kubik, Gregory and Stephka Zajack. Oleh Kubik who speaks both Ukrainian and English was born of Ukrainian immigrants. He teaches ESL (English as a Second Language) in the local school district in New York and works with Ukrainian immigrants in the Binghamton, New York area.

 

Natasha, Oleh Kubik's daughter, has  finished her second year of college. She has also worked with street children in Sri Lanka and India.  

 

Heather Kubik has been on several mission trips to foreign counties and has worked with disadvantaged children.

 

Gregory and Stephka are brother and sister from Southern California. Their father is of Ukrainian heritage. Both are familiar with some Ukrainian.


The purpose of the trip is humanitarian in nature. They are assisting a local pastor Vasyl Polichko who along with his wife Irina puts on this summer camp annually. They will be there to assist his camp program by teaching English and expanding the world of these disadvantaged children. They will be either exposing these students to English or expanding their knowledge of the English language. This will be done through conversation, writing, listening, speaking and singing in English.  They also will mutually share cultures with one another. They will also be involved with their activities of sports and travel and have every intention of making friends for life.  

Here's what some of the participants have to say about their goals as they leave....


From Gregory Zajac - 


Gregory Zajac

"My goal in teaching these children is to give them the confidence to aspire for a better future life than they have today. I hope the fact that my grandparents came from Ukraine will help me connect with these children in a more meaningful way during my time with them. I also believe this experience will help prepare me for service in the Kingdom of God, when Christ will send us to far-off regions of the globe to teach his way to people who have never known it." 


Heather Kubik

 

From Heather Kubik -

"In Ukraine, I hope to experience a taste of the Ukrainian culture and get a better idea of where our family came from. While working with the kids, I am excited to work with them, teaching them English, but also learning from them. It will be interesting working around the language barrier, but I am excited to find ways to bond with the kids and enjoy my time with them. I will be teaching English as a second language through pictures and stories to the kids and plan to make it as fun as possible! I am also very excited to see where my grandparents grew up and meet relatives over in Ukraine!" 

 

Read the remainder of this story on LifeNets website at http://lifenets.org/vinogradov/july2011Mission.htm

 

LifeNets North Dakota Helps With Flooding Victims ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

LifeNets North Dakota Chapter Provides Sandbagging Support
For Bismarck Flooding and makes $1000 Donation for Victims 

by Pam Redline 

                                                                    LifeNets North Dakota Director

 

The worst natural disaster ever to hit North Dakota came upon our fine state.  Home owners, businesses, schools, and churches have gathered together, forging a common brotherhood to meet adversity head on.  The fast-rising waters of the Missouri River claimed properties as quickly as you can say "sandbag." 

Pam Redline

Pam Redline

 

LifeNets North Dakota Chapter volunteers, Georgia and Colleen Faul, Herb Teitgen, Ralph, Pam and Britton Redline helped make sandbags in effort to help their community "wage war on the waves" as the water levels continue to rise. These LifeNets volunteers homes are not in danger. Other efforts of these staff include assisting with the delivery and placement of the sandbags to residents in need, unloading the trucks, and helping build levies, dikes, and berms, around citizen's homes.  Moving furniture from homes, or helping to remove carpet from lower levels is another way they have assisted. LifeNets North Dakota donated $1000 to the relief efforts.  

 

My friend Carrie just sent me an email which reads: "Thank you to all of you who helped us move..... almost all our belongings..... out of our home. We couldn't have done it without each one of you.  We are still battling water in our basement, but it nothing compared to the problems that others are having to deal with."  Carrie is a personal friend of mine whom  I met years ago.  Her home is one of those directly affected by the flood.  I am sending you more pictures, this is a very good video that will give you details of the flooding so far. (you can see this on our website at http://lifenets.org/nd/bismarckflood2011.htm).  Hogue Island is on the northwest river bank of the Missouri, on the Bismarck side of the river.  I have ridden my bike down in this beautiful area of the city when I was training for the LifeNets triathlon.  It is shocking to see that the roads I have ridden on, no longer exist. 

Sandbags

Sandbags

 

 

LifeNets board member, Cheryl Glasser, and her family live in a potential flood area though, at this writing, they have moved their belongings to the top floors of the house for protection. Cheryl said their sump pump began moving water from their collection tank just last week.  The basements and main floors of other homes, not in her region, have already been counted as a loss. 


Making sandbags, or "sandbagging" as it is referred to here (and shown on the right), involves one

person shoveling sand into a bag, which a second person is holding open, ready to receive the sand.  A third person is sometimes available to lift the sandbag out of the bag holder's hand and move it to a common area to be placed with other sandbags.  As trucks, trailers, and flatbeds move into place, another group of volunteers is available to pass the sandbags, "chain gang" style, to the last person in line who then loads the waiting vehicle.  The "spider baggers" that are typically available in more flood prone areas, such as Fargo, North Dakota, did arrive in time to assist with the sandbag efforts but many people continued to fill bags because they knew how desperate home owners were to save their homes if able.

 

Read the remainder of this story at http://lifenets.org/nd/bismarckflood2011.htm

 

 

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