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Zaporizhzhia - Ukraine

Our base of operations is in Zaporizhzhia, a city in southeastern Ukraine and the capital of Zaporizhzhia Oblast (province). It is located on the banks of the Dnieper River and is the sixth largest city in Ukraine with a population of over 900,000.

Prior to the fall of communism in 1991, Zaporizhzhia was the industrial arm of the former Soviet Republic, with all the resulting impacts that might be expected in terms of pollution, decaying factories and unemployment. The socioeconomic upheaval that resulted from the demise of the Soviet Union led to an unprecedented surge in the number of orphans throughout the region. In addition, the AIDS epidemic has taken the lives of many adults, significantly increasing the orphan population in Zaporizhzhia. (Ukraine has the highest rate of HIV infection in all of Europe).

Although a high percentage of the population in Zaporizhzhia lives at or near the poverty line, the city does possess a solid infrastructure and many educational institutions. As such, it is an ideal location for establishing our Bridges To Independence Program, which is predicated on the availability of government subsidized educational opportunities.

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Odessa - Ukraine

We have extended our reach to provide assistance to teenagers in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa, capital of Odessa Oblast. Odessa is a famous port city located on the Black Sea and is the fourth largest city in Ukraine with a population of over 1,000,000.

The city's industries include shipbuilding, oil refining, chemicals, metalworking and food processing. Odessa is also a Ukrainian naval base and home to a fishing fleet. It is well known for its huge outdoor market (the Seventh-Kilometer Market) which is the biggest market of its kind in Europe. In combination, this stable and viable infrastructure provides a number of opportunities for our sponsored orphan teens to succeed.

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Haven Bridge is a 501(c)3 tax exempt public charity focused on preparing orphaned children for independent living through programs offering professional counseling, financial assistance, continued education, self-sufficiency and vocational training.

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