San Francisco, CA - June 6, 2000
With echoes of the cold war as a backdrop, Bechtel National, Inc. is facilitating an international effort to lend a helping hand to a struggling 67-year-old Ukrainian orphanage that is badly in need of assistance.Involved is a donation to the Vorzel Orphanage near Kiev of a 200-person kitchen and dining hall that was once used by Bechtel work crew who are helping to dismantle and destroy a stockpile of Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) launch silos and control centers in Ukraine.
Bechtel National Facilitates Donation Of Former Project Kitchen And Dining Hall To Ukrainian Orphanage
A formal ceremony to officially hand over the donation has been set for June 8 on the orphanage grounds.
Since 1995, San Francisco-based Bechtel National has been providing project management, integration, and construction management services for the missile dismantlement project under a contract awarded by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). The assignment is one of 10 similar weapons elimination projects in which Bechtel is involved in both Ukraine and Russia. All of the work is being carried out as part of the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) agreement reached by the U.S. and former Soviet Union governments under terms of the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START 1) Treaty.
Don Hughes, Bechtel National's vice president of the CTR project, said it was determined earlier this year that the project's fully equipped kitchen would no longer be needed. Shortly thereafter, DTRA and personnel from Bechtel's Kiev office worked together to transfer ownership of the facility to General-Colonel Volodymir A. Mikhtyuk, deputy minister of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense and commander of the Ukrainian 43rd Rocket Army. General-Colonel Mikhtyuk, in turn, donated the kitchen and its accompanying tables and equipment to the orphanage. The Vorzel institution, designed to care for homeless and orphaned children from newborn to age 4, currently houses 135 youngsters.
"Because of very limited funding, this institution's buildings and facilities have not been repaired or maintained for more than 60 years and are generally in poor shape," said Scott Nelson, Bechtel National's CTR program manager for Ukraine. "We're extremely happy that we could play a part in helping the Ministry of Defense get this vital resource to a facility where the need is so obvious."
Volodymir H. Mkrtychev, headmaster of the orphanage, said the acquisition of the kitchen facility will allow the institution to better care for "our treasured children."
The orphanage's deputy headmaster, Tatyana V. Lymar, adds that "it is people like this whose understanding of the word 'charity' makes this a very different world. We are grateful for the effort they've taken to make this happen and for taking our children's problems to their hearts. Knowing others care helps us survive our hardships."
Bechtel National, the government contracting arm of Bechtel Group, Inc., has more than 14,000 personnel currently working on more than 50 active projects worldwide that generated $2.4 billion in revenue during 1999.