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Our Mission

St Johns Children (SJC) is committed to improving the quality of life for orphaned children in impoverished countries by helping to provide for their physical, educational and medical needs while they are living in orphanages.

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Make a Donation

Our program promotes 100% volunteerism. We pay no salaries and we keep our administration costs at 5%. This means at minimum, 95% of your donation goes directly to helping the orphans. Donations of $20.00 and over are eligible for a tax receipt.

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Get Involved!

If you are considering helping we have plenty of opportunities where you can join in for a work bee to help with sorting, packing & readying boxes for shipping; shopping for essentials and gifts; coordinating and hosting a fundraising event; actively solicit funds on our behalf to support programming; organizing a drive to collect or fund a variety of required items.

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Zmiiv Directors Appeal

Located in the city of Zmiiv in the Kharkiv Oblast region of Ukraine

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Zaluchchia Directors Appeal

Located in the city of Zaluchchia-Dolishne, in the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast region of Ukraine.

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St Johns Children is selling a collection of beautifully written and illustrated books for children about Saints as a fundraiser for our Orphanage Program. They are a perfect gift for the children in your life. The cost of each book is $20.00 CAD and this price includes shipping within Canada & United States. A discount is available for orders of five or more books. Please email if you would like to support our program by purchasing a bulk order of these treasured writings on the lives of our beloved Saints.


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Beloved supporters! Grateful thanks to St Hermans Orthodox Sobor & CAMIS of Red Deer and as well, folks who have given articles of clothing and footwear for the children of Zmiiv. One work bee occurred last week to sort and pack and a second will take place Feb 23rd at 9:30 am. If you have gently used items to donate or would like to join in the work bee, please email Thank you, God bless, SJC+ ... See MoreSee Less

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Dear beloved supporters! This link was just shared with me by a friend from Kharkiv.. it might be an event we could consider for the children of Zmiiv at alater date. If you are interested in helping to fund this outing, please message me. Thanks so much, In His Love & Service, rhonda+
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Sharing photos from Zmiiv New Year's celebration; kids cooked most of their meal themselves. They made traditional dishes, like Olivie salad (Russian potato salad), fried up tendernized chicken and some other dishes they enjoy .... wishing to all our supporters & friends celebrating Nativity today and tomorrow.. Христос Раждается! Славiмого! SJC+ ... See MoreSee Less

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Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Greetings beloved supporters and friends of SJC. Before the children of Zmiiv parted ways for the Christmas break, the majority of them were treated to a circus performance in the city (a few aged out joined in) and a meal at McDonald's, Dec 22nd. We were able to arrange for the staff of McDonalds provide some games and fun activities for them when they visited. Additionally, all who wanted, left with a balloon - a BIG highlight for them! Yesterday (Boxing Day), approximately half who have no extended family or parental visitation options, were treated to a special program at Zmiiv. The program was delivered by a local theatre group from Kharkiv. The performers charmed the kids with games, contests, magic and science tricks and kept them mesmerized with their antics. Treasure hunts and prizes were the climax for all the kids who participated! Grateful thanks to our Calgary families for funding all these events, the Circus Outing (bus & McDonald's meal), the Performance troupe and some new carpets (yet to come) for the floors of the great hall/play area. There aren't enough words to capture our appreciativeness for your generosity and loving kindnesses towards the Zmiiv children. May God bless each one of you, thank you on behalf of Svetlana the director and love from the children,

In His Love & Service, SJC+
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