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.
Feb 12, 2014

Lights! Camera! Youth in Action!

Dear Youth 4 Youth Project supporter,

We are pleased to share our first report on the transformational journey of 300 young Ukrainian orphans in becoming active, empowered and contributing citizens of society. So far, we have managed to reach over 10% of the funds needed. During November 2013 - January 2014, there was a first series of 40 training sessions held in 12 regions across Ukraine (all represented equally geographically), covering 243 young people between the ages of 14 to 18.

Training to develop leadership potential and life skills that young care leavers will need for their transition into independence has become the first phase of the three-stream interconnected project stages. The other two will be scheduled for later this year and will include peer-to-peer work using training course handouts, which nurture young people’s new-found capacities and participation of 20 of the most active young leaders in the Youth Summit.

“Informal training of the young 15-16 year olds who spent their entire lives in the repressive system of orphanages is something that happens to many of them possibly for the first time in their lives”, - says Valentyna, one of the youth trainers from Zhytomyr, a city in the north-west of Ukraine. “To imagine, that someone could talk to those children about their personalities, positive self-awareness, leadership, contribution to the community or empowerment is something far beyond their imagination.she adds.

“I couldn’t believe that most of the boys and girls in my group could not find any positive characteristics of themselves, resorting to some rather harsh descriptions as “freaks from the orphanages” – admits Olga, another youth facilitator. “This is where along with motivation and coaching, de-stigmatisation of youth in care comes in handy.”

As for the young care-leavers themselves, these are just few of their reflections after the first phase of the training:

  • “The information I learnt was important for me and for my future. Now I know that leaving care is not just my “release to freedom”, everything depends upon me and my responsibility to make the right decisions and choices.” – Marianna, 16
  • “What I liked the most was that we were able to share our views and express ourselves freely. Also, learning about job market was helpful indeed.” – Maxim, 15
  • “I attended the training hoping for some fun, new knowledge and  good company. I got it all and I’m eager for more.” – Ruslan, 15
  • “I enjoyed the positive vibe at the training. Through play, we learnt a lot of useful stuff about ourselves and our personalities. We are not enemies to ourselves and our past should not to be an obstacle in the future either.” – Stanislava, 17

As you can see from the recent events on the streets of Kyiv, inspired youth aspire changes, when thousands of young people rise up striving for their democratic rights and liberties, freedom and democracy. Imagine, what would it be if, instead of fighting for their rights, young people get empowered with opportunities for education and employment? This Wednesday, February 12 2014 young Ukrainians can get a chance to become active and contributing citizens by getting equipped with leadership and professional skills through education, training and volunteer activities. Today GlobalGiving will provide a 30% match to donations made on-line beginning at 9:00 AM EST / 1:00 PM GMT until available matching funds are spent. Please help us spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues who would like to make the kind of difference that you have made by supporting Ukrainian unprivileged youth through education, training and volunteer activities. Your generosity will allow 300 Ukrainian orphans become empowered with an opportunity to serve as the agents of social change in their communities. Just go to http://goto.gg/15531. 

Together we can create brighter futures!

With many thanks for your support,

Vasylyna Dybaylo

Partnership for Every Child Director & Project Leader

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Nov 14, 2013

Behind every happy child is a hero parent

Taras and Tetyana Gursky, emergency foster carers
Taras and Tetyana Gursky, emergency foster carers

Meet Tetyana and Taras Gursky – short-term and emergency foster carers. They are one of the three families involved in the work of the “Vital Emergency Fostering for Children in Ukraine” project. For less than $30 a day the Gursky family provide 24/7 care and support to children who are in need of urgent protection due to cases of severe neglect, child abuse or abandonment. Their endless amount of energy and enthusiasm is multiplied by your kind donations – this yields great results which we are thankful for.

Over the past two years of the Gursky family has welcomed 8 children. Most of them have been removed from their biological families because of the potential threats to their lives. A mother of a one-month-old baby boy Oleg* has abandoned him in the maternity ward. While the project workers have been looking for potential adoptive parents, Oleg was looked after by the Gursky family. For 6 of the other children it was a similar story: two-and-a-half-year-old Artur* and his one-year-old little brother Zhenia*, two-and-a-half-year-old Glib* and his 18 months-old sister Marina*, as well as siblings Natasha* (three months old) and Vadim* (three years old). They have all been discovered by the social services while their biological parents – heavily abusing alcohol – by the time of the visit were missing. Next followed children’s placements with Mr and Mrs Gursky who have been working on restoring sometimes vitally missing motor and developmental skills of the children, but also filled each one of them with security and love they were all deprived of at those early stages of their lives. 

Tetyana Gursky, an emergency foster carer from Bila Tserkva, Kyiv Region, Ukraine says: “My work spurs this sense of vigour inside me every day. Otherwise, it would be impossible to work in tandem with social workers and biological parents of the fostered children for the families to be reunited again." In the end of September 2013, a five-month-old baby girl has been placed into the care of the Gursky family. Her mother Liuda, a young student without a partner or any support network decided to abandon her newly born baby girl. “I am sure that these are the consequences of post-natal depression, - says Mrs Gursky. She will take her time and change her mind eventually. Most importantly, she has to realise that there is help available. We are the help.”

In order to be able to continue this life-saving work, families like Taras and Tetyana Gursky need your support. So please donate whatever you can afford and tell everyone you know about this great cause.

We thank you immensely!

 

* All names of the children have been changed to protect confidentiality. 

Emergency fostering: first results
Emergency fostering: first results

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Sep 23, 2013

Off to a good start

Young care leavers are enjoying summer camp 2012
Young care leavers are enjoying summer camp 2012

Dear friends and supporters,

It is always the start that requires the greatest effort. I am deeply moved, as I am writing these words, because thanks to your support we have reached our goal and raised the 8,000 USD needed to help 180 Ukrainian orphans leaving institutional care. We are thankful to each and every one of our 116 supporters!

The money you have been helping us to raise since December 2011 was used towards organising 2 summer camps for 80 young people in May 2012 and May 2013, conducting 152 meetings of the youth clubs for 60 care leavers during January - May 2012 and September 2012 - May 2013 school terms, participating at the International Training of Children and Young People in Alternative Care, as well as renovating accommodation for 2 young people who left care in 2012. Below, you can see the detailed breakdown of how we spent donations recieved from you through GlobalGiving

Thanks to the money donated, we were able to conduct life-changing work with young people leaving orphanages in 4 areas of Kyiv Region. They received professional encouragement and support, were taught social, vocational and independent living skills – this gave them a better position and ensured a smooth transition into independent life. Here is what care leavers say about the “Sure Start” Program themselves:

“For me, youth club meetings always mean interesting time, much fun and support” -  Olia, 15 (second to the left)

"Thanks to the “Sure Start”, I was able to make new friends and meet many interesting people." - Sasha, 17 (second to the right)

"I learnt how to make the first step towards the problems and how not to be afraid of obstacles and failures." - Oleg, 16 (on the right)

"Great time, friendly atmosphere, lots of new and interesting things. I like being able to speak up and to be heard." - Katia, 17 (on the left)

We are also excited to report about fantastic progress with renovation of the care-leaver’s accommodation. Just over a year ago we wrote about Nina, 20 who was supported by “Sure Start” in a battle over a 2-room apartment which belonged to her but was taken away by dishonest relatives. When she finally won it back, the flat needed a complete renovation. GlobalGiving donations have contributed towards reparation of Nina’s accommodation. Please see the amazing results of the hard work on the photos below. Despite the hard times, Nina is looking forward to her future with great optimism and much appreciation: "My social worker is my blessing - together with her I managed to overcome all difficulties. This person made me believe in my better and bright future." We can also add that it would not be possible without your generous support and donations.

In the related news, we have launched a new GlobalGiving project providing emergency fostering for children who are in need of urgent protection www.goto.gg/13047. We hope you continue to support our projects that are close to your hearts.

Meanwhile, you can follow the updates on “Sure Start” in 2013-2014 on our Facebook page – your feedback is very welcome! Once again, we thank each one of you for giving Ukrainian orphans a sure start in life.

/With best regards,

Vasylyna Dybaylo

Project Leader

Nina
Nina's apartment before renovation in 2012
Things are in progress (winter 2013)
Things are in progress (winter 2013)
Nina and her social worker, proud of great results
Nina and her social worker, proud of great results
Looking forward to bright future (summer 2013)
Looking forward to bright future (summer 2013)

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