OUR ORIGINS

International Host Connection was founded by four close friends with a heart and passion for the country of Ukraine and serving orphans. We are a 501c3 nonprofit established in the United States. We travel to Ukraine multiple times a year with the goal of enriching and investing in the lives of orphaned children. Through the knowledge that we have gained and the relationships we have made (with children, orphanage directors, and facilitators) we started International Host Connection.

OUR VISION

We aim to reach beyond a short vacation for these amazing children and to make a lasting impact on their lives. Some of these children have never had, or were too little to remember, a normal family life. Hosting can change that! Hosting shows them what a loving family is all about and what it is like to be loved and cared for without conditions. The children learn English and are introduced to a new culture. Through hosting we endeavor to change the trajectory of their future.

OUR WORK

Along with our orphan host programs, we have a heart for the children left behind in the orphanages. We have child sponsorship programs, orphanage support, and we strive to support aged-out orphans. Relationships established with the children reach beyond the child and into the community.  

WAR RELIEF EFFORTS 

  • Provide food and supplies for our orphanages still stuck in dangerous areas with no way to leave.
  •  Support the short-term needs at the facilities the children and caregivers have been moved to. Children and staff left with a backpack or less, not prepared for a long stay.
  •  Support education efforts for the children, specifically by making sure they have access to whatever resources they need for online Ukrainian school.
  •  Support the long-term needs for children, orphanage staff, and other refugees related to our host program. This is a very fluid and unknown situation.
  • Help facilitate and retain established relationships with host families.
  • Support aged-out orphans that have been evacuated.
  • Meet the unknown needs that arise from the war.
   

OUR TEAM

  • Jo Muñoz President and Founder
  • Tasha Bradley Vice-President and Co-Founder
  • Sherrie Albritton Family Liaison and Co-Founder
  • Rodney Mast Treasurer
  • Roger Whan Family Liaison
  • Susanna Yoder Family Liaison
  • Julia Zadvorna Ukraine Coordinator