Our Children

NASHI is an entirely volunteer non-profit organization that is addressing the issue of human trafficking locally and globally. Our goal is to bring to light human trafficking around the world while funding and maintaining our Maple Leaf House for at-risk children in Ukraine.

Our Mission.

NASHI continues to be completely volunteer-based, with no salaried employees or directors. All the work is done by a small non-salaried Board plus a core of members and volunteers. As the Maple Leaf House grows to its capacity of 20 girls, we continue fundraising to cover the operating and maintenance costs, as well as to provide post-secondary education for the girls. Just like our own children, these girls are our responsibility until they are employed and able to care for themselves. We have girls ranging from 5 to 16 years old, so some will be our responsibility for more than 15 years. The annual Perogy Paradise will continue to act as our main fundraising event, with 40% of the proceeds covering our operating expenses. The remaining 60% of proceeds and 100% of all donations continue to be directed to our projects. Sustainability via monthly giving initiatives need your involvement.

The Maple Leaf House.

Maple Leaf House

The original Maple Leaf House building was an abandoned kindergarten that had been vacant for many years. A local general contractor was hired along with skilled local workers. Overgrowth and excess trees were cleared and interior demolition began. This was a long process that involved taking the structure down to bare brick and completely rebuilding the plumbing and wiring for the building. New flooring had to be poured and some interior structure replaced. The facility has dual heat sources with a boiler system that can utilize either natural gas or wood.

A Little Help From Canada

Several volunteer trips went to the project to provide labour. Here, some volunteers are removing old plaster and tile from the core interior brick walls. In order to build the rooms required, we raised the flat roof to create a 3rd floor with dormers. A local brick factory was re-opened to provide materials.

The Finished Home

Construction took several years and progressed as funding through donations and NASHI events became available. The result is a 13,000 square foot home with kitchen and dining areas, offices, laundry facilities, classrooms, common areas for socializing and play, bedrooms for 20 girls and 5 full bathrooms. There are two walls in the dining area decorated with maple leaf plaques showcasing the names of those who contributed to that initial construction and supported NASHI throughout.

Nashi News.

Fall 2023 Newsletter

Fall 2023 Newsletter

NASHI, as a gift to our girls, wanted to give them a special treat for their courage in the evacuation to and acceptance of their having to stay In Poland. We launched a “Sea Campaign” to send them to a sea resort camp to Croatia. It was a long day’s drive but they were so excited they could not sleep for days. Your generosity in donations was overwhelming. As you see in some of the pictures they were absolutely ecstatic and had such a ...
Summer 2023 Newsletter

Summer 2023 Newsletter

NASHI believes education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. This is one of the major goals of NASHI – to educate our girls. In the words of Nelson Mandela, ” Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. The girls are attending the small village school in Poland but they are also taking long distance courses from their village in Ukraine.
Winter 2022 Newsletter

Winter 2022 Newsletter

When you see these smiling faces it is hard to imagine just how much they have been through. Life before the Maple Leaf House was stressful and bleak. Thanks to our incredible donors, like yourself, these girls are now on to healing and dreaming of a future. While the girls attend school in the village, there are so many activities in the home. WELCOME into their HOME!

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