Support Children in the TOUCH Project
The TOUCH Project currently benefits over 400 Ukrainian children. The majority of donors are from Oregon, but others are represented across twenty-one additional U.S. states, Iceland and Canada. Sponsors and donors include families, individuals, businesses, civic & religious organizations, youth clubs, and school classrooms.
If someone wants to support the children in The TOUCH Project, they may choose to sponsor an individual child with an annual contribution or donate toward the entire program. Some donors have also chosen to cover the cost of dental surgery, college expenses, or other expenses for various children in The TOUCH Project. Other donations can help with educational scholarships, remodeling of facilities, providing funds for food and health expenses, and purchasing clothing and school supplies. All of these funds are hand carried to Ukraine each year.
Additional funds have been raised from TOUCH sponsors and other individuals, foundations, organizations, and corporations, including NuSkin Force For Good Foundation, the Peery Foundation, Altrusa, Zonta, Kiwanis, and Rotary International, to support various projects over the years. These efforts have included the installation of a septic system at an orphanage, playground equipment for 3 facilities, remodel of 11 classrooms, a minivan, a 16-passenger van, a laundry facility, 2 computer centers, library, a sports field, 120 beds with mattresses and bedding, 350 quilts made by women in Benton County, braille equipment, and painting the outside of a Roma school. An educational fund has also been initiated for TOUCH kids who are studying at a university or technical school. In 2012, TOUCH partnered with Rotary International to purchase a new 24-passenger, wheelchair accessible, bus valued at $57,000 for the children with disabilities in Uzhhorod. A dental program was established with support from Uzhhorod dentists who reduce their costs of dental care for the children. Over $1,000,000 has been raised and donated over the years to improve and brighten the life of the children in The TOUCH Project.