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!


December 23, 2022 18 mins

It's almost Christmas and we're coming to you with the third and fourth themes of Advent: Love and Joy. 

In this episode, Jed and I shared what we have learned about living lives of love and joy here in Ukraine. We don't claim to have all the answers and are definitely in progress, but maybe a few of our thoughts will encourage you today.  Merry Christmas, Friends! We are thankful to have you along on the jo...

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Christmas is just around the corner, but there's more to the Christmas season than shopping lists, Christmas movie marathons, and curating the best holiday playlist (although I'm definitely in favor of all those things!).   Advent, the four weeks before Christmas, is a wonderful time to prepare our hearts as we anticipate the celebration of Jesus' birth and wait expectantly for Him to come again. 

We really ...

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Happy Thanksgiving! (in the USA) ☺️

Once we realized that our 9 year anniversary of living in Ukraine, Thanksgiving, and Ukraine's National Day of Dignity and Freedom were all happening within about 10 days of each other we decided it was a good moment to pause and reflect. Plus, the podcast was getting a quite dusty and needed a little attention. (I blame Russia)

In this episode Jed and I shared things we ar...

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On March 5, 2022, after much discussion and prayer, we decided it was time to get our kids, our boys, and our team to safety. The final destination was Germany and the journey there was one we will never forget.  From a room filled wall to wall with mattresses to a 26-hour wait with no toilet, in this episode, I share the ups and downs of our road to safety.  The fact that I can laugh about it now is quite miraculous because it was...

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September 23, 2022 38 mins

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 experie...

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February 24, 2022 28 mins

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 mins

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 b...

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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...

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January 14, 2022 17 mins

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 

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January 14, 2022 21 mins

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!

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January 7, 2022 4 mins

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!

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