Success Stories

Alya Gnatyuk

"My life began with my mother. The only thing I remember about her was her name, Sveta. Why her life didn't work out, why she wouldn't take care of us, or why she would abuse alcohol, I don't know. There were three of us growing up, my older sister, me and my younger brother. Because of my mother's inability to take care of us, we were placed in the orphanage where I stayed for 12 years. The brightest time of my life was my first semester in College. I gave birth to a baby girl, Regina. Thankfully I received a lot of help from the UAC program during my pregnancy. When I finished college I graduated with a red diploma. I feel so grateful because by the time I turned 24 years old I had my beautiful Regina and a college diploma. The very first job I got afterward was in an orphanage, and then after that, I worked 4 years in a school. Right now I am working in the Children's Center, teaching the children how to draw and sculpt. In my free time, I enjoy sketching and practicing my technique. I'd like to express how grateful I am for Clara and UAC who were willing to help me so much during many of the most important moments of my life. Thank you so much for your help and having confidence in me." -Alya

Tatiana Litvinova

Tatiana L. has quite the success story. Her natural mother went out to buy potatoes and never returned. She was dropped off at an orphanage by her mother's boyfriend.

She met Dima there. They grew up in the orphanages together and were both members of our scholarship program. They eventually fell in love. Dima is a successful businessman and they have two beautiful children. Tatiana is a pharmacist in the oldest pharmacy in Odessa.
Their story is one of love, perseverance, and hard work. UAC is proud of both Tatiana and Dima as permanent members of the UAC family.



Alexander Malenky

Alexander (Sasha) Malenky joined the UAC Orphaned Teen Scholarship Program in 2009 after graduating from Orphanage #7 (a facility for children with physical handicaps).

As a child, Sasha defied all odds by surviving a 10,000-volt electrocution followed by two bouts of unconsciousness and a mile­long crawl to his village to seek medical help. When Sasha finally reached a hospital, his body was burned all over, with holes in his head, torso, and arms. Both his feet, half of his right hand and the fingers on his left hand were all amputated. Doctors predicted that Alexander would not make it due to the severity of his injuries.

But Sasha had other plans. He fought to recover and even learned to walk on his new artificial limbs before they were fully made. Walking lead to running, and then came numerous wins at track and field competitions. Nothing stopped this boy!

Ambition, determination, and willpower remained in Sasha's core well beyond his childhood near­death experience. In summer of 2012, Mr. Malenky graduated from Odessa Professional School #33. His other accomplishments include learning to type on a computer (with limited hand/finger use), learning to drive a car, and supporting his wife and young daughter.

Alexander (Sasha) Zhos

Alexander (Sasha) Zhos was a founding member of the UAC Orphaned Teen Scholarship Program. In 1997, he addressed Clara Pascal about helping orphanage graduates obtain higher education and support outside of the orphanage. In turn came the birth of the Scholarship Program! Sasha graduated from Odessa National Maritime Academy with the assistance of the Scholarship Program. He is now working as a 3rd class engineering seaman, travelling the world!

“In the year 1997, Clara Pascal came to Odessa to visit us at Orphanage #4. My life story has been connected with her ever since. Clara helped me out during the first and most important stages of my adult life. She organized the Scholarship Program and it helped me enter Odessa National Maritime Academy, where I studied for six years. When I studied at the academy, Clara not only gave me financial assistance for my studies, but she also gave me the feeling that there was a person who was concerned about me. Her visits to Odessa were real holidays for everyone. When I graduated from Maritime Academy, I set sail as an engineer of the 3rd class and went halfway around the world. My routes have included Italy, India, America, the Panama Channel, Mexico, French Polynesia, Turkey, Russia and Ukraine.I am very thankful to Clara and the Scholarship Program for all that help and support which was so crucial in my life!” –A. Zhos

Alena Krutik

“My name is Alena Krutik. And I would like to tell you my story of being at UAC’s Scholarship Program. I have already been in the Program for four years, and for this time the SP has been helping me so very much!
After leaving Orphanage #5 I entered Odessa Medical School and studied there for four years. During that time UAC supported and helped me a lot!
I also had health problems and thanks to UAC I’m absolutely healthy now. They helped me in a hard period of time. And the most important thing was made for me a year ago. I lived in an old house in dreadful living conditions. SP helped me with fixing my house. I’m very thankful to them! I wouldn’t have managed with that on my own...

Now, I’m a sophomore of Odessa Agrarian University and this is thanks to the UAC organization. After finishing Medical School they helped me with preparatory courses. It helped me to enter very much. I had classes with tutors on Biology, Chemistry and Ukrainian. Thanks to that preparation I succeeded to enter!
Now, my study is paid and it was UAC organization which helped me to pay! I’m very grateful for that, because I have a possibility to get a specialty, which I want to connect all my life with! I want to be a vet. I have been dreaming about it since my childhood. UAC helps me to realize my dream.

At the present period of time I consider myself a successful student of Agrarian University and this is owing to SP Program of UAC organization.
I thank them for everything!”