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.
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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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

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