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The Heifer Ukraine team (all 16 of them) are hard working people. And they don’t mind working under less-than ideal circumstances. Like their offices.

Pierre Ferrari, Pietro Turilli, Clinton School of Public Service student (and Heifer translator) Anatoly Shatkovskyy and myself were all warmly welcomed into Heifer Ukraine’s offices last Tuesday; we experienced a high degree of togetherness as we joined Golden Talent nominee Iryna Paviluk and the Heifer staff in a space better suited for about three or four bodies. Fortunately, everyone who works at Heifer is someone you don’t mind being very, very close to (see photos). We watched presentations from Heifer project managers in a small office dominated by a table overflowing with the products of the projects—honey, cheeses, sour cream, milk, hand-knit sheep’s wool socks, butter, literature.

Big presentations in a small room (old office).
Tour of the new Heifer Ukraine office building.

Immediately after the presentations (and sampling the delicious products, of course), we drove a few minutes to Heifer’s new offices. Situated on the second floor of a modern 23 story building in Kiev, Heifer Ukraine’s new offices will be ready early in 2012. The staff is ready NOW. They’ve begun the arduous task of packing everything that goes into creating, administering and documenting Heifer projects… you can see a few binders on the brand spanking new shelves already.

Join Heifer HQ in wishing the Ukraine team continued success in their new, bigger and efficient offices.

(Left to right) Svitlana Fedchyshena, Pietro Turilli, Viktor Teres, Pierre Ferrari, Natalia Zaharkiv
Pietro Turilli, Pierre Ferrari, Viktor Teres, Tetiana Nychyporenko, Iryna Paviluk, Natalia Zaharkiv, Anna Pidgorna and Svitlana Fedchysena toast the new office.
A Ukrainian tradition: tossing coins on the floor of a new dwelling for good luck.


Bill Fitzgerald