We, the couple – Yulia and Nazar Bihun, as well as our family – the social project OHRA HOME, which was born from the charitable foundation “Твоя любов”.
The project began with a hobby of one person, and grew to the scale of the country, and we proudly report that it is growing beyond its borders!
How did it all start?
From charity – the foundation “Твоя любов”.
4 years ago, we decided to establish a fund to help children with disabilities and their families.
Over time, we faced other situations, got to know the wards of the fund and their difficulties. They began to help with the employment of mothers of special children, drew public attention to the problems of lonely elderly people. The main recipient of assistance was the Fastiv Training and Rehabilitation Center, where 153 children with disabilities studied and would undergo rehabilitation.
The very idea of sewing bedding did not come immediately, and it was not the driving force.
It all started with a gift – friends gave Julia a sewing machine for her birthday. At first, Julia perceived sewing as a hobby. It was comforting and beneficial.
Julia sewed for friends and for the Temple where her husband, Father Nazariy, served.
Over time, the idea came to sew bed linen for sale and associate it with charity.
OHRA HOME bed linen, handmade?
Over the years of helping the center and families with children with disabilities, we have learned more and more about the problems faced by mothers and children. One of the main problems was the employment of special children’s mothers.
Moms could try their hand at sewing! The idea needed implementation. Not all mothers knew how to sew, they needed to be taught. We organized professional sewing courses, hired technologists, and rented premises for the workshop. Therefore, all our sets are made by hand, with effort and love for their work.
Now we can already be proud that our craftswomen-moms sew better, more evenly and with greater responsibility than seamstresses with 20 years of experience. Of course, we invited professional seamstresses to our team, but our opinions on the quality and level of the final product did not coincide.
Now the project employs 6 seamstresses, 2 professional seamstresses and 4 mothers of special children. Another 5 mothers of children with disabilities are taking our improved sewing courses.
Women work each on an individual schedule, but with clear deadlines. They work in the workshop and take work home if they wish. We purchased a sewing machine for each of them.