Faraway Place

WHO we are...

Me and my Mom

Me and my Mom

My name is Hannah Bosgraaf. I'm 16 years old and a junior in high school. In the summer of 2010, my mother Michelle and I traveled to Ukraine on a mission trip. We spent 10 days at an orphanage in a remote village in western Ukraine.

What we experienced changed our lives.

The conditions, sadness and atrocities witnessed there are hard to describe. It was an incredibly humbling and life changing experience for both of us. We fell in love with all the children, but our hearts went out most to the older and physically challenged orphans who would never be adopted. Despite their bleak circumstances, these were not damaged, angry children. They were affectionate children, who endeared us with their spirit, warm smiles, and genuine kindness. They were great kids who welcomed our group into their lives.

Since being back in the United States we haven't been able to settle back into our daily routines because of the heaviness we now carry in our hearts for these children. My mom and I wanted to adopt two of the children, both older teens, one having a physical disability, but because my mom is a single parent, we are unable to do so under Ukrainian law. This was difficult news for us to hear but spurred our desires on further. We prayed relentlessly that God would provide us with clarification on how we were being called. God listens and did respond, and WOW--what a clarification we were provided!

My mom and I are being called to let go of our lives here in the United States and move to the Ukraine to help these children. If our kids can't come to us, we are going to our kids! We know God wants us to help the unadoptable, whether because of age or disability. We are more than prepared to embrace His calling. While we identified an abundance of wonderful charities which provide needed aid to children within the orphanages, we were disheartened by the absence of support for children aging out or being forced to leave the orphanage - undereducated and without essential life skills - with only the mafia and traffickers waiting to "assist" them on the outside.

We started a not-for-profit organization, "Faraway Place." We chose this name because God presented us with a Bible verse, Isaiah 43:5-6 "So don't be afraid: I'm with you. I'll round up all your scattered children, pull them in from east and west. I'll send orders north and south: 'Send them back. Return my sons from distant lands, my daughters from faraway places.'" We are in the process of fundraising and getting people, companies, churches and corporations involved in an effort to raise capitol so we can purchase a home in the Ukraine on land large enough to build as we grow. God's desire for "Faraway Place" is to provide a transitional home with programs in place to serve those who age-out of Ukraine's orphanages by providing opportunities for vocational and educational training. Each teen will be challenged to set goals and we will be ready to help them become successful. Through God we aim to change the destiny of these young lives. We believe providing viable alternatives and support is the only way to combat these great injustices.

Me and my boys

Me and my boys

Our Ukraine Missions Team

Our Ukraine Missions Team

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Faraway Place is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt public charity focused on preparing orphaned children for independent living through programs offering counselling, financial assistance, continued education, self-sufficiency and vocational training.

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