Summer smiles for children with cancer.
The weather was very changeable this summer in Ukraine, but our desire to bring joy to our small friends from children's department of National Institute of cancer was unchangeable.
Though we had to skip one month of July because of quarantine in the department, in June and August we kept our art-therapy lessons, holding painting, scrub-booking and origami workshops. Children were excited to make dinosaurs, flying airplanes, swirling whirligig at origami workshops. One of the most memorable lessons was «Planet of flowers» workshop from our volunteer Elena, professional artist and photographer, where children learned to make colorful ball-planet, using different techniques and materials, starting from...simple newspaper.
We were happy to mark that parents were showing more and more interest to art-therapy lessons and were participating more actively in our workshops along with children!
In the process of our art-therapy program we got an idea how we can use the arts that children make at our workshops. Along with exhibitions that constantly are organized in the department hall we also got an idea to organize charity bazaars. Through such bazaars we sale children's arts, collecting money for some necessary equipment or medicine for the department. We received a permission from few superstores for such actions, and also few companies agreed to provide us with some books and toys as production for such bazaars. As a result for last 3 years we held few charity bazaars and we could provide the children department of National Institute of cancer with two big washing machines, plasma-extractor, mixer of donor blood. This year we also held few charity bazaar in order to buy operation lamp for the bandage room. So in June we could buy and present the operation lamp for the department. We received the letter of gratitude from National Institute of cancer for operation lamp and also the letter of gratitude for art-therapy workshops for children.
Though we conclude the project «Healing smiles for children with cancer» at Global Giving, it continues and becomes permanent. The project became one of the main activity of our organization and it attracts more an more volunteers and supporters. We will continue to involve also professional trainers, as volunteers, as well as paid specialists. And we plan to continue charity bazaars where we can sale children's arts, buying some equipment or medicine for the department for collected money. Among our further plans also is organizing children's visits to science-cultural-entertaining center «Atmasfera-360», starting from September. The Center became a favorite place for children of the City as it shows colorful and cognitive presentations using modern technologies.
We are deeply grateful to all our donors who made this project possible and helped it to grow! We believe that thanks to our joint efforts healing process for children with cancer will be more smooth and quick!
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