Wide Awake International

Wide Awake International

Hello from Ukraine! I'm Kim, co-founder of Wide Awake International. Our mission is to bring hope, love, and dignity to people with disabilities here in Ukraine. We are working hard toward deinstitutionalization- bringing our friends out of institutions and into family life. It's a wild ride, living life with our boys. This podcast is a place for us to share the joys and sorrows of our life and work. Welcome!


September 22, 2022 38 min

We're baaaaaaack!
Our last episode was published on February 24th, the day Russia began its brutal war here in Ukraine. We published that episode, and then promptly fell off the podcast map.  Our whole lives changed on that day and we'll never be the same.  But at long last, we have picked up our heads and decided to revive the ol' podcast. ❤️

In this episode, I (Kim) shared our community's experiences during the fir...

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Well, Folks, things are gettin’ crazy around here. Russia has attacked Ukraine and we are at war. How is this happening? 

We actually recorded this episode last week while things were a bit quieter, but I think today’s events make it even more relevant. In this episode, my daughter, Addy, and I discussed the joys we find in our work and life here in Ukraine. From creating community, to dance parties, to wardrobe malfunctions, our li...

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February 10, 2022 33 min

So, what exactly do we even do here in Ukraine?  Wide Awake International has a lot of moving parts and I don't blame you if you have a bit of a hard time keeping them all straight 😆.  In this episode, I introduce our boys and our team, explain the full picture of what we are doing here in Ukraine, and describe the different focuses of our work here. It's an info-heavy episode...you've been warned!

PS: My brother...

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You've read the news, you've heard all the rumblings about Ukraine and Russia, and we figured it was time to pipe in from our end. What is even going on around here???? 

In this episode I'm joined by Jed, my husband and co-founder of Wide Awake International. He's way smarter about all things politics, so rather than bumbling through things I decided to have him talk about it. We talk about some of the history leadi...

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January 14, 2022 17 min

In the first episode, I shared how our eyes were opened to the plight of orphans with disabilities in Ukraine.  We just had no idea that world even existed! In this episode, I tell the story of how we responded to that newfound knowledge.  I might have gotten a little choked up at one point...I promise not to do that every time! 😆

Our First Trip to Romaniv

Find Our Team: Newsletter |Blog | Youtube | Instagram | Facebook | We...

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January 14, 2022 21 min

Every story has a beginning, and today I'm sharing ours!  In this episode, I tell the story of how our ordinary family, living our ordinary life in Oregon started down the path that would eventually move us across the world to Ukraine.  Mostly this is our story of just saying YES to the next thing God asks of us.  Enjoy!

Find Our Team: Newsletter |Blog | Youtube | Instagram | Facebook | Website

The vision of Wide Awake Int. is to...

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January 7, 2022 4 min

It's a new year and we're starting out on a new adventure! After sharing our story of YES on the blog for more than 10 years, I (Kim) really needed a change of pace. I'm so excited to share our work and our life with you on a podcast. Listen to the trailer to find out what you can expect to find in this space. It should be fun!

The vision of Wide Awake Int. is to bring hope, love, and dignity to people with disabilities...

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