Makiivka is an industrial town that is located in the East of Ukraine in the Donetsk oblast, it is almost connected with the city of Donetsk (it is only 25km. from it). According to the 2001 census, the city population was 389.589 inhabitants. Makiivka is a leading metallurgical and coal-mining centre and has machinery and coking plants. Donetsk and Makiivka are so close together that it is hard to tell when one city ends, and the other begins.

There is a well know orphanage in Makiivka. It is home to approximately 70 children between the ages of 2-12. Forty-eight caregivers provide for their needs. This orphanage is quite poor because the local budget is quite small and the local government is not supportive. The city itself is very poor, people don't get their payments in time, and the so the poverty of the region is reflected in the conditions of the orphanage. Additionally, the presence of many industrial plants in the city contributes to a severe problem with pollution.