Letter from Tetyana Hustilina, Shirokolanovka Orphanage,
How do you do, all our American friends!
With joy we remember the day you came to see us in May. We were
waiting for you a long time. We will remember that day forever.
We are very grateful to you for all the good you've done for us,
and that you're so generous to send us large sums of money. We are
thankful. With the money you gave us we bought clothes, shoes and
renovated our school. In the summer we went to the summer camp "Orlyatko"
to have a rest. I didn't like it there because I missed the orphanage
very much. When we came back, the school was already renovated and
a new entrance door was installed. Everything got painted and whitewashed.
We all know a great tragedy took place over there in America. And
we grieved together with you at the orphanage.
We had a celebration on September the 1st. Guests came to our First
School Bell Ring celebration. They brought us many gifts, too. They
don't forget about us as well as you, our American friends. Now
we're getting prepared for the Teacher's Day. We are preparing a
concert for the teachers. We have a strong desire to reward them
for their care for us.
And yet we study. And after classes we go to work. We harvest tomatoes
and onions in the field. We want to earn some vegetables for the
winter for us to have something to eat during the winter.
In my spare time I like to watch TV, to sing songs, to learn poems.
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