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.
Jul 14, 2015

Empowering Young People to be Agents of Change: Youth Clubs Results

The youth clubs on the map of Ukraine
The youth clubs on the map of Ukraine

Dear friends,

In that warm summer day we want to share our great news with you and tell you more about all youth clubs, which were established within the framework of “Youth 4 Youth” project. As you probably remember the overall project objective is to empower disadvantaged youth to serve as the agents of social change for their peers and communities. And after the year of youth clubs functioning there are a real significant changes in every participants’ life. More than 300 young people, 22 youth trainers, 15 cities, 12 regions of Ukraine – these are the results of the project year. Finalizing the year, Partnership for Every Child team met some youth trainers and youth clubs participants on the grant Summer school on  11-13 June 2015. Those were really incredible 3 days together, full of fun, joy, happiness and the best-practices sharing.

At his introductory speech Igor Nosach, Youth4Youth Project Manager, said:” It is a cliché to say that the future belongs to the youth, but few clichés ring as true as this one. Youth development is a key issue and will always remain so. Each youth club has developed its own initiatives when it comes to youth development and there is a lot to learn from each other on this front. We just helped disadvantaged youth to move forward their dreams and give them the knowledge in leadership and social rights. The youth sector would certainly benefit from a more coordinated approach, in particular in area of social changes”.

On the grant Summer school young people shared their experience and successes, spent time together, gained some new skills and, for sure, they also made new friends from different parts of Ukraine. The Summer school program was full of various activities: Quest “How to become successful?”, sport games and competitions on the water, reflections and conversations around the campfire, a wide variety of master classes from the youth trainers, disco and photos-quest for knowledge of the social rights along the central streets of Kyiv. Also youth had interesting informal conversation with guests from the Embassy of Finland, who shared their own experience and career tips & tricks. We hope the photos will help you to experience it more fully.

You will find more information of the youth clubs in the presentation below.

And as the final flourish of our today report we ask you to enjoy a video, made by participants of “Alternative” youth club from Dnipropetrovsk city. It will show you brightly how was it all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY9S58hX8hE  

On behalf of all the young people from Youth 4 Youth Project, we send our warmest thanks for your generosity and continuous support of this project. We really sure that Margaret Mead was totally right by saying: “Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have”. There is a lot of work ahead and a lot of young people, who need well-timed support. Without exaggeration, by preparing disadvantaged youth as the leaders today, we can create a real impact for a better tomorrow.

New and existing youth clubs will re-open on September 2015 and invite more young people to develop thei life skills, to learn and exercise their social rights, to find new friends, to define and decide on their future, and to share experiences with peers. 

To make the next round of achievements possible we would appreciate your further support to this project! And please do remember that on July 15 at Bonus Day your donations become bigger thanks to match from GlobalGiving! 

Here all the Summer school participants together
Here all the Summer school participants together
Quest is starting
Quest is starting
Youth club presentation from Khmelnytskyi
Youth club presentation from Khmelnytskyi
Here all the participants together
Here all the participants together
Summing up the Summer school
Summing up the Summer school

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Jul 6, 2015

New Life, New Child and a story of Young Mother

Lilia and her son
Lilia and her son

There is a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on a face. Sometimes they are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all stories is always the mother's story, because is where the beginning. Today we want to tell you the story of a young mother Lilia. She is only 15 years old. She has never had the family to take over. We find her in the very critical circumstances of her life, when she was 7 months pregnant, but most of all she wanted to change her life and to give her future child better life. "I want to be placed in emergency fostering family as soon as possible when I met them and understood that this is where I will feel save and cared fore. I wante to go there even today" - Lilia told to social workers at the first meeting. For now Lilia is staying in Bazylchuk foster family since March and her new life is already started. The most excited news are that on June 1, in International Children Day, Lilia gave birth to her son! 

Lilia lived with her mother, who was actually 4 times deprived for parental rights before and with mother’s inmate. She was throw upon her own resources, that’s why she used to miss a school, party hard and live in the street. In February, 2015 her mother died and Lilia stayed in flat with mother’s inmate, who is alcohol addicted and offended her. Lilia’s four adult sisters wanted to receive their part of the mother’s flat. She was at loss, lonely and pregnant. By initiative of Kyiv City Service for Children and Partnership for Every Child Lilia was placed to Bazylchuk foster family. Because of foster carers help, attention and open hearts Lilia passed the rehabilitation programme, started to go to school regularly and finished the parenting training programme. "She is very rational, hard-headed and motivated girl", - Natalia Bazylchuk said.

On June 1 Lilia gave birth to a baby boy. How happy she is! Her eyes are bright, she is optimistic and believe in better future for her and her little angel. In Bazylchuk foster carers family the young mother feels safe and protected. She learns what does the real support means and how to build her life. "When I came back from the maternity clinic Natalia and Anatolii gave me a key of their flat. It was so touching and exiciting. I have never had my own key of any place. They really trust me and it makes me feel strong", - said Lilia.

Now we are doing our best to find the new family for Lilia and her son, to protect her housing rights. The story of little boy has already began. And we sure that with your support it will be the happy one. You can donate 28$ and it is really make the difference in not only Lilia’s life but in her son life. That’s impossible to save everyone. But foster carers give a change to change everything in children lives they cares about. Thank you all for your support and please don't let your generosity end. Help us raise awareness by simply spreading the word and sharing this report through your network, tell your friends about the project. Together we can make this world a better place.

The name has been changed to protect a child's confidentiality.

Learning with foster carer Natalia
Learning with foster carer Natalia
Presents for young mother
Presents for young mother
Apr 14, 2015

Youth will have its course

How to Prevent Tuberculosis_video shot
How to Prevent Tuberculosis_video shot

Dear Friends,

warm spring greetings from Ukraine to you all.

Today we want to share some motivating video with you. It was made by the participants of Smila youth club “How to become successful”, which was founded in 2014 by your support within the framework of the “Youth 4 Youth” project. This video is about How to Prevent Tuberculosis. You can hear list of recommendations, such as eating well, wash hands, get the BCG vaccination, exercise often and lead a healthy lifestyle. And in the second part of the video you can see how young people spend their time and work together during the youth club meeting.

On behalf of all young people, who are able to change their lives because of well-timed support, we thank you all and want to remind that today is the YouthSpark Bonus Day. All your sincere donations will be matched 50% up.

We believe that together we are changing lives and grateful to you again for the happy beginnings and support. And let’s the young enjoy and develop themselves while they can. 

Stay tuned because our further updates are on the way!

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