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.
May 14, 2014

Thank You for the Happy Ending

A story about a little boy. Part 2: Happy Ending.
A story about a little boy. Part 2: Happy Ending.

Dear friends, greetings from Ukraine!

We have some fantastic news to share with you. Remember a story about Misha* – a curious, kind and polite 4-year old boy who was looking for a new family? Thanks to our project, which you kindly chose to support, Misha’s dream of a new Mommy and Daddy came true.

After 6 months of staying with his short-term foster parents, on April 29 2014 Misha started a new chapter of his life, in a new family. “All pieces of the puzzle have finally come together,” - says Larysa, a project worker. “On one hand, we had a little boy who was praying each night to find a permanent loving home. On the other hand, there was Anya and Sasha, a lovely couple, professionally trained and highly motivated parents who wished to help children with complicated life stories like Misha. From the moment they saw each other, the chemistry was palpable, especially between Misha and Sasha, his new Dad.” They both adore rollerblades, cars and painting. They both were desperately looking for each other: one was dreaming of a Dad, and another one was hoping to find a child he could call a son one day. 

Thanks to your donations the project continues its life-saving work: protecting children in need, offering them love and care, restoring parents’ capacities or, in some instances, finding new loving families for children in need. To be able to continue helping children in Ukraine we will need your support – which we heavily rely on and are so sincerely thankful for. It takes less than $10 to provide accommodation and food for children like Misha for 1 day. You could also help us by telling your friends and family about our project - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation.

And as for Natalia and Anatoliy – Misha's short-term foster carers who are enabled to work because of this project, they have already started to care for another less fortunate 18-month-old boy called Boris. We are looking forward to sharing further updates with you and thank you all again for the happy ending. 

* The names have been changed to protect a child's confidentiality.

They hit it off the moment they saw each other.
They hit it off the moment they saw each other.
Cars are what both new Dad and Son love together
Cars are what both new Dad and Son love together
Misha & his Dad were both looking for each other
Misha & his Dad were both looking for each other
A dream team: 4-year-old Misha with his new family
A dream team: 4-year-old Misha with his new family
Thank you all for the happy ending to Misha story
Thank you all for the happy ending to Misha story
Feb 12, 2014

A story about a little boy who deseperately needs a new Mommy and Daddy

Meet Misha who is looking for a new Mommy & Daddy
Meet Misha who is looking for a new Mommy & Daddy

This is a story about a kind and polite little boy who deseprately needs a new Mommy and Daddy. Today, we can make this happen with your help.

Meet Misha*, a 4-year-old boy found on the streets of Kyiv one night, early October 2013. He was neglected by his mother who had recently returned from prison for the fourth time and experienced problems with drugs and alcohol. Misha’s Grandmother, who had been looking after the boy all this time, died unexpectedly in September 2013, just one month after Misha’s fourth birthday. That’s how he appeared on the streets of a residential suburban area of the Ukrainian capital that October night, cold, abandoned and all alone against the whole wide world.

Thanks to the work of the “Vital Emergency Fostering for Children in Ukraine” project and your generous donations, instead of staying in a shelter until further indefinite placement in the institutional care, Misha has found a loving home with the short-term and emergency foster carers: Natalia and Anatoliy. On the first days of his stay in a new home, Misha managed to surprise his foster parents by completely ignoring a big box with toys. “It seems that nothing interested Misha: neither toys nor playing with other children outside. Instead, he has spent ages writing letters to imaginary friends, making collages and drawings.” - says Natalia, his temporary “Mommy”. Creativity has most probably saved Misha from the trauma of separation with a significant family member who his late Grandma was. Misha does not remember his father; he does not like talking about his Mom or her partner. Because of the way the childcare system works in Ukraine, his 12-year-old stepbrother has been placed in the orphanage and has only few chances to be reintegrated with Misha again.

Two months later, the social services have confirmed inability of Misha’s biological mother to look after the boy in the future. The project workers are now in the process of looking for a permanent care solution for a boy: an adoptive or a lon-term foster family. “Misha is a very kind and polite little boy, who is very curious about each new day in this world. The only thing is, he just desperately needs a new Mommy and Daddy.” – says his short-term foster carer Natalia.

We know for sure how to make it happen. All we need is your help. Today is a Bonus Day on globalgiving.com. This means that every donation made will be 30% matched by the pledge. It also means that your help to children in need will go even further to ensure that this life-saving work is there 24/7.

  • It takes less than $10 to provide accommodation and food for children like Misha for 1 day.
  • And only $200 can keep children like Misha in urgent need of our support safe in a safe and secure family for 1 month.

So please donate whatever you can today, Wednesday, February 12 starting at 9:00 AM EST / 1:00 PM GMT at www.goto.gg/13047 until the matching funds lasts. Hurry up and please tell everyone you know about this cause, too.

We thank you for your generosity. On behalf of Misha and every child in need. 

* The names have been changed to protect a child's confidentiality. 

He is very curious, kind and polite little boy
He is very curious, kind and polite little boy
Misha use creativity to overcome separation trauma
Misha use creativity to overcome separation trauma
He doesn
He doesn't like talking about biological parents
Around Christmas he learnt he needs a new family
Around Christmas he learnt he needs a new family
With your help we can find Misha his new Mom & Dad
With your help we can find Misha his new Mom & Dad
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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