Concert to benefit Ukraine adoptionFrom Staff Reports
A program with music will be held at a Senoia church on Wednesday to benefit the adoption of two children from Ukraine by a Coweta couple.
John and Josee Waller, who live in Coweta County, had two children visit in their home this past summer through the Project One Forty Three program. Max, 14, and his sister, Anya, 9, came from Ukraine to spend several weeks with the Wallers, who decided to adopt them.
“This event is free and open to the public,” Sullivan said, and a love offering will be received.
“While the event is intended to benefit John and Josee’s adoption of Max and Anya, it will also raise awareness of Project One Forty Three and our winter hosting program,” he said.
“Interested families can get more information about hosting at this event.”
Information is also available online at www.P143.com .
Project One Forty Three is “a non-profit organization that advocates for older orphans from Ukraine and Latvia through a hosting program that brings children to the U.S. to be hosted in homes of families,” Sullivan said.
The families “simply care for them and give them the love of a family for 4-5 weeks,” he added.
“The program exposes children to a world outside of what they have known, creating hope and building self-esteem.”
Children participating in the program “receive love and encouragement from their host family while learning English and exploring a new culture,” Sullivan said.
“Although we are not an adoption program, hosting creates a bridge for these children to meet a family who would consider adoption after meeting them,” Sullivan said. He said host families sometimes adopt and other families who meet the children sometimes do, as well.
The children generally are between the ages of 4-15.