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    Posted August 13, 2015 by
    Odessa, Ukraine
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    Peace Camp in Ukraine

    "We were unique in this experience. I was glad for the time to be in the lives of these people; to be privy to such events is happiness. As a wise person once said, "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness!" We lit it together!" Alla Soroka, Camp Director
    "The first few days I went into the sea, I was crying from happiness - it was precious to feel human again." -The family Lyaschenko
    From July 15-26, ten families displaced by military action from the eastern regions of Ukraine , gathered by the Black Sea for a camp they labeled: White Sail. The camp was designed and directed by Alla Soroka,Project Manager for the work of This Child Here, an American nonprofit, Robert Gamble, Executive Director with the idea to create a safe space in which people can feel at ease, rejuvenate, relax, and strengthening family relationships, but the idea goes back to Soroka's conversation with Roland A. Rand, a Quaker from Estonia with the dream of a peace camp for people in Ukraine.
    Funding for the camp came from This Child Here, Presbyterian Churches (USA), British and European Quakers through Friends World Committee for Consultation – Europe and Middle East Section; and Beyond Our Borders of the Unted Methodist Church. Photos were by Oksana Harkovenko (see photo with artistic eye). Camp was held at the Recreation Centre in Syčavka just outside Odessa, Ukraine.
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