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From unable to unstoppable: Mykola’s miracle


Mykola, 17, is a sponsored child from our Ternopil site in Ukraine. Mykola was born with cerebral palsy, and requires ongoing clinical and therapeutic treatments. He is unable to care for himself and depends on his mother’s help full time, leaving her unable to work. His father is the sole provider for the family, but often struggles because he earns very little income. Mykola’s parents couldn’t afford to continue his costly therapy treatments on their own.

Mykola and his family were incredibly grateful when he was sponsored four years ago at the age of 13. Because of sponsorship, he was able to continue his treatments, and was able to explore new treatment courses, too! So far, Mykola has taken nine treatment courses at the Clinic of Kozyavkin, and has taken five Dolphin Assisted Therapy sessions. Dolphin Assisted Therapy (DAT) is used as a therapeutic approach for many disorders, and helps build muscle strength and motor skills.

Prior to sponsorship, Mykola’s speech was stilted, he suffered from constant seizures, and he had little control of his leg muscles due to his condition. Today, Mykola’s leg muscles are stronger and have become much more flexible. He no longer needs sedatives and rarely suffers from seizures anymore, allowing him to sleep comfortably throughout the night. Most noteworthy, Mykola, who had never spoken a word, is now able to say short sentences and walk short distances with support.

This success was an unforeseen blessing for his mom who said, “I never thought he’d be able to do so well. If he can do this, what else can he do?” We are confident that through continued sponsorship, Mykola will continue to thrive and it is our hope that one day, he will be able to walk on his own! This is just one of the many success stories that demonstrate how Chalice sponsorship transforms lives!


Mykola’s name is Ukrainian-derived from Nicholas, meaning “victory of the people”. This truly reflects the spirit of our supporters, knowing that if we all work together to help others in need, we will all be victorious.

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Ukrainian Christmas Kutia


Kutia at our Pochaiv Sponsor Site


Children making Christmas Kutia – a traditional Christmas Recipe

Kutia is the main dish on Ukrainians’ Christmas table. It has a special significance and Holy Dinner begins with it. Kutia is also called God’s dish. It is cooked of decorticated wheat grains, poppy seeds, honey, walnuts and raisins. This dish is a symbol of unity of generations: past ones and coming ones. Also, it is a symbol of life victory over death. Wheat grains are life which comes to the end and revives. Poppy seeds are souls of deceased ancestors. Honey is an ancient symbol of Christianity and it becomes a symbol of the Good News that Jesus, World Savior, is Born. Therefore, kutia is a very ancient a symbolic dish on the festive table. The tastier kutia is the higher prosperity will be at your home. A soup plate with kutia is to be placed in the middle of a table. Entire family should taste kutia from one plate as this is a symbol of a family unity. A separate small plate with kutia is to be placed on a window sill for deceased ancestors whose souls come for Holy Dinner this night.


1½ cups decorticated wheat (wheat berries)

1 cup poppy seeds

4 tablespoons honey

½ cup raisins

½ cup decorticated walnuts

½ cup boiled water

4 tablespoons sugar


  • Soak wheat berries for few hours in cold water. After that, pour the water out. For 1 part of wheat we take 2 parts of water (1:2 proportion). Put wheat into boiling water, add ½ teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons sugar. Do not mix wheat while boiling. Simmer wheat under lid.
  • After water boils way, put wheat into hot oven for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse poppy seeds and steam it with boiling-hot water for few hours. Push the poppy seeds through a food grinder. Add sugar and honey.
  • Grind walnuts, steam raisins and strain off.
  • Add some boiled water into cool wheat, add poppy seeds, raisins and walnuts. Mix everything and put into clay bowl.

Recipe from our Pochaiv Site Director, Halyna Mykytiuk 

Christmas treats for our children in our Pochaiv, Ukraine site

Christmas treats for our children in our Pochaiv, Ukraine site


Children at our site praying for their sponsor