Sure Start:Help 180 Ukrainian orphans leaving care

 
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Jun 12, 2012

End of School Year Event for Care Leavers

First meetinig of young people near shopping mall
First meetinig of young people near shopping mall

Dear friends and supporters!

We are glad to inform you that care-leavers of Kyiv Oblast institutions who took part in weekly meetings of How to Be Successful Club, aimed on their preparation to independent life, participated in the End of Year Event.

We invited 40 young people from 4 pilot sites of Sure Start project on the 19-20th of May weekends to come to summer camp, situated in the nice, natural, open space, fresh-airy place not far from Kyiv. As a supporting team we involved young volunteers to do the activities with them. The purpose was to celebrate the completion of school life and symbolic transition to independent life.

Saturday morning all of us gathered in the parking area of the shopping mall, introducing each other. First activity, we prepared for young people, was quite challenging for them. They had to buy food with limited money in the nearby supermarket. Many young people have not yet had the opportunity to take the responsibility of buying food in big places like that for large group. During the shopping young people were very enthusiastic and eager to fulfill the given task and some of them took it as “competition”.

After the lunch in the summer camp we started the physical competition. Young people were wondering what will happen. Some were disorientated, insecure and stuck to their groups. But when introduced and motivated to be active, they became motivated to do the tasks with the group. They lost their initial reservation and shyness and soon the forest was full with loud crowds of children.

After the short recreation groups had to prepare their own supper with the bought food. Boys were gathering wood, girls bringing the food to the cooking place. Part of every group was taking charge of the fire, another part was making sandwiches and main dishes, supported by adults and volunteers if necessary.

The intention of all of these activities was that young people could interact with each other of different origin and the age. It was nice to see that all of them managed as a group to prepare different meals, which made them very proud of themselves.   

The night was short and Sunday program started at 9 with common breakfast. It was challenging for facilitators to motivate young people to participate in more structured group activities, focusing on past experience and future expectations of graduates. The presence of former care-leavers from Ternopil as volunteers was very important, so most of graduates opened their hearts talking about difficult past and uncertain future.

After the lunch final gathering of all camp participants took place. Graduates one by one were handed with certificate of successful completing Sure Start program together with event photos and t-shirts. Vasylyna Dybaylo, Partnership for Every Child director, wished them prosperous, successful and lucky future and invited to the next meeting in near future.   

"We had amazing time together, everything was interesting for us, especially shopping and cooking. I also liked that we had volunteers who also were like we - care leavers. Their stories were very useful. I think we need to stay for 5 days for such event" - said Olya, young person from Vyshgorod.

Young people were satisfied with participating in the event. Many of them were wondering why they could not stay for longer period and saying that 2 days are too little for them. Young people received a good opportunity to develop life skills in a friendly atmosphere and wished they could meet their new friends again.

What to choose? The budget is limited
What to choose? The budget is limited
Start of sports competition: you should win!
Start of sports competition: you should win!
"Walking" on the rope
"Walking" on the rope
Like a spiderman!
Like a spiderman!
Girls are cooking...
Girls are cooking...
... and boys are keeping fire
... and boys are keeping fire
Analysing past experience and future expectations
Analysing past experience and future expectations
2012 is the year of leaving care & EURO
2012 is the year of leaving care & EURO
All participants together!
All participants together!

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Feb 21, 2012

First trainings for care leavers started

Children at the educational session
Children at the educational session

Dear friends and supporters!

A big thank you for your generous donations. We’re proud to announce that Partnersip for Every Child has raised $ 4615 from 83 donors, which meets GlobalGiving’s threshold for a permanent spot on GlobalGiving.com and in the GlobalGiving network. We are sincerely grateful—none of this would be possible without your help.

More importantly, we have raised enough money to cover a half a year of weekly meetings to prepare care leavers from the internats in Kyiv Oblast on their way to adulthood. Our grant will enable meetings to become regular programme starting in the end of January start of February, when the internat term starts up again.

The first meetings have been already held in Tarashcha and Bila Tserkva of Kyiv Oblast on Saturdays to help those children who are studying during their final year in the internat to find a job. The theme of meetings was discussed with children and considered the most appropriate and in line with interests of care leavers.

“The opportunity to engage in employment is widely recognized as an important element of social inclusion, - Nastya Anosova, trainer who works with children says. It is an important step in any young person’s transition to independence.  It not only provides a person with financial independence, but also brings self-confidence and a sense of self-worth.

Our young people in care do not get the work experience opportunities their peers get through family and friends; therefore we’ve decided to develop a series of Saturday meetings devoted to future employment”.

Each participant of the training received a specially developed notebook where they could read more about employment, read short legal advices, and practical exercises.  Children enjoyed working with a notebook and were asked to write a small essay about their future profession. Also during the training children passed test “Evaluate Yourself”, where they evaluated negative and positive sides of character and agreed at which characteristics they had to work out more.

Besides children watched a cartoon “Whom to be?” and were asked to name the professions mentioned there and divide them into 5 psychological types. Thus children learned what they will do if they chose a certain profession and learned about necessary skills for chosen professions. Also they’ve learned about the top professions for the next 5 years; how to search for the job after graduation, where they can apply or ask for help while their job search.

«Before the training I was scared even to think about leaving the internat and search for a job. I saw very few routine professions around me in real life and knew about the others only from TV or Internet, - said 16 years old Olya. I have never thought that before application to the job centre or writing a resume I need to make an assessment on my strong sides and psychological type. I found it easy and interesting. It’s very good that we’ve received notebooks with all necessary information and templates. I will use them for sure after my graduation”.

With this report I have posted photos from the educational sessions with care leavers in Tarashcha who take part in our project to help them to transit to adulthood. We will bring you more news on how other educational sessions to prepare teenagers for independent life have got going.

Meanwhile, we decided to organize an end-of the year event for children in May. We hope that we will succeed in organizing it, but you can help also telling your friends about our appeal or supporting us with a monthly donation. If you’re on Facebook, add the Gloval Giving widget.

Thank you for your continued support!

Reaing the manual for care leavers
Reaing the manual for care leavers
Working with a trainer
Working with a trainer
Children at the training hall
Children at the training hall
Participants of training in Bila Tserkva
Participants of training in Bila Tserkva

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Vasylyna Dybaylo

Kyiv, Kyiv Ukraine

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