For this project, the Anatomic Iron Cares program rolled up their sleeves to help improve a local orphanage.
The Center of Care and Education called “Parkowa” is a local orphanage for infants and small children who have unfortunately lost their parents or were facing difficulties in an unhealthy home environment. The center is a public government facility and is managed by Mr. Jaroslaw Chodorowski. There are 14 children living permanently in the center under the care and supervision of 5 trained nurses and 1 director. The children are provided with round-the-clock care and entertainment while they are in the process of being formally adopted by a family. Anatomic has supported the center in the past by providing Christmas gifts for the children.
The garden and children's playground were in quite a disarray and in need of clean up. The center had purchased some hedges, but due to lack of funds and labor they had not been planted. Our 9 person person strong team got to work and over the course of the day the garden in front of the center was specially prepared for the hedges by moving all the existing flowers to a new location in the garden. We installed a weed barrier and all the hedges were planted in the place where the flowers were moved from. Next we raked up all the leaves remaining from the fall that were strewn all over the garden and playground, and especially in the sandbox.
We then mowed all the grass and cleaned up the weeds. For those team members looking for more difficult work, the hill behind the children's home was over grown with lush grass and weeds and these were mowed with weed eaters and the whole area cleaned and raked to make the yard and playground an inviting and fun environment for the children.
Lastly the team power washed all the fences, as well as the playground equipment and walks to clean off a few years of grime and mildew. We enjoyed this task, as the youngest children can feel safe in an environment directly adapted to their needs. We know how important the environment is in which children grow and develop. Most of us have children too and this is why we were so excited about such an important initiative.