The Odessa Opera Theatre has been restored to a magnificent condition, thanks to residents energetic fund-raising efforts.
The Odessa Opera Theatre has been restored to a magnificent condition, thanks to residents energetic fund-raising efforts.
Elena, the tourist guide from Odessa, in front of a montage of pictures at The Way Home shelter. Pictures: Kerry Botha
Elena, the tourist guide from Odessa, in front of a montage of pictures at The Way Home shelter. Pictures: Kerry Botha
A carer helps a young child, only recently rescued from the streets.
A carer helps a young child, only recently rescued from the streets.
The Way Home shelter's drab fa�ade is brightened by flags.
The Way Home shelter's drab fa�ade is brightened by flags.

For those who have not been to Ukraine, Odessa is a city of contrasts. Magnificent and majestic late 18th century pastel coloured buildings, both crumbling and partially or perfectly restored, hint at the glory years of Tsarist Russia.