Yet another team of intrepid volunteers drove out on board the big red bus to join the biggest group yet of FYP volunteers to take part in our projects in Ukraine.
This year we got involved in 3 projects the first of which was a eco project near Kharkov.
But first the journey…..
|A good sign at our first pit stop|
|Lucy & Paula check the route…|
|Paula, one of the all woman driving team!|
|Lucy and A watching a film at second stop – Germany.|
|One of my favourite views… the open road.|
|Everyone posing for a ‘thank you Clare’ photo after Polish meal sponsored by her.|
|Clues we are arriving in an ex-communist zone – block buildings and..|
|…Lada police cars! (can’t ever take them seriously)|
|Oh, and the beautiful diesel trains.|
Finally after a 7 day journey we arrive in Ternavoda, a small village outside Kharkov.
|We mark out parts of forest for the litter-pick.|
|To our horror we found children clearing asbestos and told them of its dangers.|
|One of the many huge piles of rubbish we collected over 4 days.|
|Bins sponsored by FYP and placed by Anja are already being used.|
|A party in the village at the play area funded by profits from re-cycling plastic bottles cleared from the surrounding forest.|
|The local Babushkas keeping a watchful eye on proceedings.|
|The FYP Maharishi bouncy castle being enjoyed in yet another remote spot in the world!|
|The villagers prepare us a traditional food – a lard and porridge mix! This mixture kept many alive during communist times and times of famine.|
|Spirits are high at the end of a successful days work!|