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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Orphans Receive 'Life Skills' Gifts

Thanks to several local businesses, Moscow's Orphanage No. 29 has received five computers and a printer as part of a United Way program aimed at helping children make a successful transition to life on their own.

The law firm of Vinson & Elkins donated the second-hand computers, while Hewlett Packard, KCK and Stel Computers presented the computer memory, parts and software. Ray Parsons of Coca Cola donated funds for purchase of the printer.

The United Way program, called a life skills program, combines training through computer skills, life skills and apprenticeships to help orphans prepare for adult life.

"They're so institutionalized," said Nancy Galloway, executive director of United Way's Moscow office. "They are taught never to question, just follow orders, and so when they're finally out on their own, they don't have any decision-making skills."

Residents of Orphanage No. 29 range in age from 2 to 12, Galloway said. United Way hopes to flesh out the project, which works with approximately 40 children , by connecting the computers to the Internet.