Partnership for Every Child

Our vision is the world where every child grows up in a lovely and secure family. Mission. We professionally assist families, communities and governments in their work to ensure the rights of every child to live and develop in safe and secure family environments. Our main focus until 2015 is to prevent separation of children from families and placement in institutional care; support and strengthening parental capacities of vulnerable families; support to children leaving care.
Sep 16, 2014

The key to success is preparation

Preparation is the key to suceess
Preparation is the key to suceess

Dear friends,

The key to success is preparation. This, more than anything else, can relate to the young Ukrainian care leavers who participate in our project “Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives”. To ensure a smooth transition into independent living, 149 young people in formal care, orphaned youth and young people from the vulnerable families – with the invaluable help of your generous donations – attended 71 training sessions during this summer season. For many of the 15 to 18-year-olds such meetings have become an eye-opening, transformational experience. “Young people I work with revealed keen interest and desire to change their lives for better, they liked to be in the youth club, and they are looking forward to starting peer-to-peer work in September”, said Olga, youth trainer from Zhytomyr, the North West region of Ukraine.  

“I believe the key to success is a happy family. I am grateful for telling us how to achieve balanced and happy relationships. I will apply new knowledge in building a stronger relationship with my partner in the future, because I do not want to have such relations as my parents used to have...”, echoing Olga’s words 18-year-old Sergiy. During the informal trainings, young participants have been discussing their uniqueness and personalities, talking about inner resources needed to achieve a better position in life. Positive self-awareness, new patterns of behaviour, empowerment and motivation – these are the topics youth have been mostly focused on at the youth club meetings. “Training has helped me to realise that if I truly want to achieve a goal, I have to become more focused on my studying”, - says 15-year-old Victoria from Drogobych. Other discussions included time management, finance management, career advice. “It was interesting to see how I use and distribute my own inner resources and time. Experimenting with sand and stones today proved that by wasting my time on small details I cannot see a bigger picture on how to spot and how to overcome a problem lying ahead” (Ivanna, 16, Drogobych). "Even though I was struggling with making my monthly budget [during a training session], I realised that this [activity] will help me in the future when I will be left on my own" (Artur, 15, Smila).

Thanks to your continuous support to this project, we can proudly reflect on the first fruits of labour, a partnership between the GlobalGiving and the grassroots communities. Youth club events have been taken to the streets and communities of their native towns: “Picture me emotion”, “A city through my eyes” and a charitable event for under 5s in Odesa city orphanage have mobilised not only youth project participants but their mentors, friends and peers. As 16-year-old Ania from Odesa said: "It is so important to be useful". Without exaggeration, by preparing disadvantaged youth as the leaders today, we can create a real impact for a better tomorrow. 

During the youth club meeting in Drogobych
During the youth club meeting in Drogobych
With positive attitude, you can achieve anything
With positive attitude, you can achieve anything
Picture me emotion: youth club street event
Picture me emotion: youth club street event

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Jul 16, 2014

Exciting news, and here is why

18-month-old Matviy with his mother Maria
18-month-old Matviy with his mother Maria

Dear friends, 

We hope this update finds you well. June has been an exciting month, and here is why. In just under two weeks, our emergency foster carers from Bila Tserkva (Ukraine) – the Gursky family – have managed to save an 18-month-old boy called Matviy from going into an orphanage, getting traumatised by abrupt and sudden separation from his mother, feeling neglected and abandoned… This couldn’t have happened without your kind and continued support.

To 18-year-old Maria, Matviy’s biological mother, experience of growing up in an institutional care is not something new. She spent her childhood and adolescent years in an orphanage herself, and remembers well how to share a teacher (or their “pretend Mommy” as they used to call her) with another 30 children. When she fell pregnant with Matviy – alone, without permanent work or accommodation, having only recently graduated from the High School – instead of giving up she decided to become the best Mom in the world for her little son. The moment Maria heard from the doctors that she needed an urgent medical operation, her heart sank. “What about my little boy? Who will look after him?” were her first thoughts. This is when the Gursky family have offered their support to take care of Matviy in their loving friendly home, while Maria was having her medical treatment and recovery after the operation.

As little as $28 will cover a salary for a foster carer to look after children like Matviy who are in need of urgent protection. Today, on July 16th, 2014, starting from 9 a.m. EDT your donation to this project can bring 50% more – it’s a Bonus Day on GlobalGiving. It means that every $10 will go even further: not only helping to ensure caring families like the Gursky work, but also enabling parents in difficult life situations like Maria. And most importantly, children will remain in a family environment, essential for their growth and development, 24/7.

It takes less than 5 minutes to donate – just visit goto.gg/13047. There is $130,000 in matching funds available, so hurry because matching funds will likely soon run out. Please spread the word to your friends, family and co-workers too. Together, we can make the most of this fantastic offer and help to every child in need.

With gratitude,

Vasylyna Dybaylo

Director of Partnership for Every Child

Jun 30, 2014

On behalf of the "Maidan Family": we thank you all

On behalf of the "Maidan Family": we thank you all
On behalf of the "Maidan Family": we thank you all

Dear friends and supporters,

We would like to extend our endless, heartfelt thanks to each one of you who donated to this project. It is thanks to your support, that most of the families have already received 100,000 UAH of financial assistance each. You made possible medical treatment and rehabilitation of the most gravely injured Ukraine's fighters for democracy. Your generosity enabled victims of Maidan to recover and focus positively on the future. From the moment this project has been launched – following the unfortunate tragic events in Ukrainian capital city in the end of February 2014 – up until now, we became a part of the biggest joint initiative of civic organisations and volunteer groups providing support to the victims and families of protest in Ukraine. We are united under the name “Maidan Family”, and you are a part of our family. We cannot be more proud of it!

As of June 2014, we raised over 50 million UAH in donations, including $53,151 with the help of the GlobalGiving, out of which 100 000 will be donated to every and each of 52 children of the fallen heroes and the rest will be equally disributed between the family member of 103 died. Donations were also used for treatment and rehabilitation of those the most severe injured. 

On 16-18 May 2014, over 200 people from more than 70 families of the “Heavenly Hundred” visited Kyiv for the first time.

Apart from financial aid, psychological support has played a crucial role in restoring their sense of security, continuity and care. Children and families have been brought together to a "Family Circle" meeting: re-visiting Maidan, living through unavoidable emotions and closure. Maidan has become a place that saw their fathers, husbands and sons alive for the last time. 

Nothing will return grieving mothers their sons and children their dads. But we made sure they know they are still loved and will continue to be looked after. In a professionally facilitated meeting, families of the fallen heroes shared their loss, pain and tears.

They discussed different aspects of legal assistance with lawyers, insurance companies and banks. Most importantly, they came up with a constructive plan for the future: inquiry to investigate the deaths of their loved ones, the official report and prosecution on the results of an investigation. The families signed a petition during their meeting with the First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema.

At the same time, children visited a mini-camp outside Kyiv where they spent time playing outdoors with psychologists who provided bereavement support and counselling during the meeting. 

Of course, this is only beginning. Currently, we are in the process of proceeding the payments to families and children, assisting family members and activists in establishing their own organisation, partnering for legal assistance needed as well as lobbying for state aid to be proceeded. For families left without the main bread-winners, such assistance will be considerably substantial. 

The best summing up are the words of the Didych family from Ivano-Frankivsk: “You helped us more than we could have ever expected”. We believe that together, we can do much more. We will continue working on that. 

We also invite you to follow all updates on the initiative on Maidan Family Facebook page.

 

With gratitude and best hopes for the future,

Vasylyna Dybaylo
“Maidan Family” Initiative Board Member & Director of Partnership for Every Child

Nothing will return families their loved ones...
Nothing will return families their loved ones...
But we can make sure they know they
But we can make sure they know they're still loved
And we will continue working on that, together.
And we will continue working on that, together.
A feedback from a mother of Sergiy Shapoval
A feedback from a mother of Sergiy Shapoval

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