Healing Smiles for Children with Cancer

Jun 3, 2011

Spring Healing Smiles for Children with Cancer

Purchase of decoupage materials
Purchase of decoupage materials

The last three spring months our art-therapy in the children department of National Institute of Cancer improved with new interesting ideas and workshops. We found some wonderful new volunteers: a girl who works in a studio and is a very talented person that has good hand at many things. She eagerly responded to our project and held a few interesting lessons for children on scrap booking. Children were excited to cut figuratively colorful paper with the special machine for scrap booking and to make beautiful postcards and so on.    

On May 11 we made the purchase and transfer of bright materials for decoupage art-therapy: napkins, cards and glue for decoupage. We want to say thanks to our donors who made it possible!

Keeping with our art-therapy topic, we are going to paint walls in the primary inspection room in the department in June. This is the room that each child passes through while coming for the first time to the hospital or for a second chemotherapy. Painting walls in the childrens hospital is the project that actually our organization holds annually to the International Children’s Defense Day. The last two years we were painting walls in the children national hospital Okmatdet. This year we decided to do it in the childrens department of National Institute of Cancer. Our volunteer artists will put nice children's drawings on walls to elevate mood of the children and their parents. The project will go in June 10-20 and will be also dedicated to the Children’s Defense Day.

As we also try to help the department with medical equipment we kept holding charity bazaars. We held 3 charity bazaars in May in order to raise money to buy blood mixer for the department. It is not that easy, but we are already very close to our goal and we hope to present blood mixer to the Institute of Cancer in the beginning of June, celebrating International Childrens Defense Day.

We want again to say thanks to all our donors for their great support to our project!

Scrab booking workshop-1
Scrab booking workshop-1
Scrab booking workshop-2
Scrab booking workshop-2
Scrab booking workshop-3
Scrab booking workshop-3
Mar 8, 2011

New Year art-therapy

Making New Year applications
Making New Year applications

December and January were nice Christmas and New Year months that we tried to make as joyful as possible for small patients in National Institute of cancer. We were limited because of Flu epidemic and quarantine, but we still could hold two art-therapy lessons for children on December 16 and December 23 where volunteers were making New Year cards and Christmas decorations together with children.

On January 8 we came to congratulate our small friends with New Year. Because of quarantine we couldn’t make big event and gather all children in the hall. So one of us, representing Santa Claus, visited each ward and presented gift to each child. Then we went to department’ dispensary where we gathered children and made New Year applications with them.

On January 14 we made the purchase and transfer of 30 drawing sets for children: linen canvases and brushes. We want to deeply thank our donors for they made it possible!

We also used Christmas time to hold charity bazaar to collect money to buy some medical equipment for the department. So we held charity bazaars on December 25 and could raise enough money to buy plasma extractor for the department. We presented plasma extractor, together with juice packages, to the department in the end of January.

We keep holding charity bazaars as our next goal is to buy blood mixer for the department. We held already two bazaars on February 13, on the eve of Saint Valentine’s Day, and on March 5.

Since February we moved our art-therapy classes to the department’ dispensary. This is a place for kids who are there in the breaks between courses of chemotherapy. As we have few volunteers of different nations (Russians, Baltic, Japanese and others) we decided, along with origami and drawing courses to hold culture day once a month presenting each time some different culture and practicing together with children some art specific for that nation. 

We want again to say great thanks to all our donors who made their sincere support to our project!

Passing drawing sets
Passing drawing sets
With gift
With gift
With their arts
With their arts


Dec 7, 2010

Art-therapy for children with cancer continues

In September 25, in cooperation with some Japanese-Ukrainian cultural organization, we made art-therapy project for children with cancer, in frames of our “Healing smiles for children with cancer” project. Delegation of 4 students from Japan that came to Ukraine for few days in frames of study tour, and 4 students from Ukraine that study Japanese language, together with 3 our volunteers, visited children department of the National Institute of cancer.

Larisa Lavrenuk, great supporter of our project, the head of charitable foundation to help children with cancer, welcomed our delegation and made the excursion for them by the department. Then all children who can walk were invited to the corridor hall – the place where our art-therapy lessons are usually held. Foreign volunteers got acquainted with children and showed small entertainment to them, they sang songs for them and presented gifts. Then volunteers were making origami together with children. Then volunteers divided by pairs: Japanese student and Ukrainian student together – and went ward by ward to make origami with those children who are on a drip or are difficult to walk.  

Children said that for the first time they saw so many foreigners at once, they didn’t expect it and were really excited. Foreign students also were very much inspired by the project; they said it was their best experience during their visit in Ukraine. 

In October the children department of the National Institute of cancer got closed for quarantine, so we couldn’t visit them. But after the quarantine was over we made two art-therapy workshops in November 11 and November 25.

            Our plan for December is to prepare New Year celebration for children, holding nice entertainment and presenting art-therapy sets as gifts for them. 2 art-therapy workshops we are going to hold in December 16 and December 23 will be also dated to New Year topic: we will make New Year postcards with children and Christmas decorations. In the end of December we also are planning to hold charity Christmas bazaar to collect money to buy some medical equipment for the department.  

We are very grateful to our donors, to you who support financially our project. Your donations will enable us to organize good New Year celebration for children and present art-therapy sets for them: small canvases for applications, drawing and embroidery sets. Next time we will be glad to give report to you on our exciting New Year art-therapy!

Sep 16, 2010

Healing smiles for children with cancer

Last three summer months we held few origami and kirigami lessons for small patients of Institute of cancer children department. There are already children that are waiting for us and following us ward by ward while we are holding lesson for those who are in a drip and can't move. In the end of September some our partner organization will accept students delegation from Japan. They were happy to ask us if they can include project for children with cancer in their visit program. So September 25 we will have big art-therapy workshop with the participation of about 10 volunteers at once! Also we have been preparing for art festival in November as one of the most important and biggest parts of our project.


Jun 10, 2010

Art-therapy for children with cancer

We started art-therapy lessons in the children department of the National Institute of cancer in Kiev City in March 2010. There were about 8 lessons for that 3 months. We have 6 volunteers at present involved in the project and coming in pairs to children department. Children with joy are making origami and kirigami. On March 8 what is Women's Day in Ukraine children made beautiful paper flowers for their moms. On May 15 what is International family day children together with their parents were preparing small house passionately choosing colour for its roof and door and drawing their family on it. There are 57 children in the department now. But many of them are bed patients, laying under droppers and are not able to stand up and come for lessons. So we usually start our lesson in the department hall, gathering those chidren who can walk, and hold 45 minutes lesson. After it we go ward by ward to greet all children and to make small art-therapy for those who are in beds. So volunteers usually spend 2-3 hours with children trying to encourage them and give them some joy and hope. We are really grateful to our donors. For first donations made we could buy some art-therapy sets for our lessons: origami paper, albums, scissors, paints, pencils and glue. Our main goal now is to prepare for Sand-Art workshop in October and festival in the end of the year. The festival will be like the resume of our 1-year work on the project. We want to make it as a big event with children works exhibition, musical entertainments and children attending the festival together with their families.


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Project Leader

Toms Silenieks

Project Coordinator
Kiev, Ukraine

Where is this project located?

Map of Healing Smiles for Children with Cancer