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 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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Jun 12, 2014

How to become successful: from theory to practice

Thumbs Up 4 Youth
Thumbs Up 4 Youth

Dear friends,

Despite drastic political climate over the past few months in Ukraine, we continue transformational work with young people leaving care even in the areas of the armed conflict on the border with Russia.

This is a “Youth 4 Youth” map of Ukraine: 26 youth trainers, 13 regions of Ukraine, 440 young people attending 87 training sessions since the start of the project. During the trainings youth in formal care have been learning about their personalities, how to plan and to achieve their goals. Also, they have been exploring their abilities to work in a team, to lead and to cooperate, enhancing socialisation, communication and adaptation skills – everything that is needed for a better position and a smooth transition into independent living. On 16 May 2014 our trainers have been officially certified as youth trainers. In addition, 5 of the regional trainers have applied and successfully received mini-grants to continue peer-to-peer work with the care-leavers in their communities (marked with the green flags on the map). 

“The best way to help young people deprived of parental care is to share your time and knowledge with them, offer encouragement and support, listen and make them feel to be heard”, says Alla Kiriiak, a youth trainer from Odesa. “In many instances, youth in care owe their success to a “right person” whom they met on their road to independence. I believe that those unconditional grains planted in their hearts at the start will yield a fruitful harvest of success in the end”, she adds.

“I strive to become a confident person. I hope to meet like-minded friends”, says 15-year-old Danyl from Smila. “Our training is not over yet, but I already keep looking for another meeting. You [trainers working with care leavers] are incredible for being open-minded, listening to us and guiding us towards independence, success and confidence”, adds 16-year-old Alina from Odesa.  

Starting from September, a peer-to-peer work using training course handouts which nurture young people’s new-found capacities will begin. In July, the most active of the young leaders will take part in the International Youth Summit to share their experience on the way from care to independence. As for June, the YouthSpark Bonus Day is right around the corner – which means on June 25th any donations to support Ukrainian orphans will be 100% matched. 

When telling us her story, 17-year-old Anya from Drogobych said: “I would be wrong if I say I am not afraid of my future, but with “Youth 4 Youth” I learn how to fight and to win”. Isn’t it something we all wish for the young people these days? If so, please continue to support us now and into the future.  

We thank you!

Project participants from Odesa youth club
Project participants from Odesa youth club
Definition of success, according to a care leaver
Definition of success, according to a care leaver
Care leavers from Smila during the recent training
Care leavers from Smila during the recent training
"I WILL become successful!" - Zlata, 16, Drogobych
"I WILL become successful!" - Zlata, 16, Drogobych

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