Nov 23, 2020

You Make Second Home for Kids with Cancer

Yuliana's older brother visited her at the Dacha
Yuliana's older brother visited her at the Dacha

Dear friends,

thank you for your generous donations that make Dacha possible!

During the pandemic, many kids come to the hospital in Kyiv just for diagnosis and prescriptions and then return to their local hospitals for chemotherapy. However, certain therapies are available only in day hospital in Kyiv. Kids who receive them need a place to stay. Like our Dacha house.

Yuliana was diagnosed with cancer just before the pandemic. Mostly, she was on treatment in the city of Chernivtsi, that’s about 500 km from the Ukrainian capital. Dacha became Yuliana’s second home for a month when she came to Kyiv for radiotherapy.

We asked Yuliana a few questions about her Dacha life. That’s what she told us.

- What’s your favorite place at the Dacha?

- Here I can go to the playground, to ride a swing, to climb into a treehouse. My favorite place is a playroom with its many toys and books. I like to paint coloring books and to read Ukrainian folk tales. Also, we have a big TV on which I watch cartoons.

- Does your mom cook something special for you at the Dacha kitchen?

- I like varenyky, liver cake, cutlets, and cheese balls. I also like to bake with my mom. Yesterday we made cupcakes! They are so tasty!

- Do you have friends here?

- I am friends with Yulia. We got acquainted at the hospital. Although Yulia is a bit older than me, we have fun together.

- What do you like about Dacha?

- I like that there are no doctors in white coats here. It is cozy here as if I didn’t leave my home.

Current Dacha is the home for 6 families. New Dacha that is now under construction will host up to 15 families.

Please, support Dacha on #GivingTuesday today, on December 1, so that kids had the second home in 2021. 

New Dacha will be second home for more kids!
New Dacha will be second home for more kids!
Sep 2, 2020

You Give Chance for Kids to Make Their Dreams Come True

Slavik in the hospital
Slavik in the hospital

Thank you for supporting kids with cancer from Ukraine!

In the picture, you see a 15-year-old guy whose name is Slavik. As an active sportsman, he always had some minor injuries. That’s why his family wasn’t worried when his knee ached after a badminton game. However, the pain didn’t disappear, and after a series of examinations, a tumor was detected.

Slavik’s life changed in an instant. Before the disease, his life was high school and helping mom do household chores, victories in computer science contests and dreams of a career in software engineering, playing football and solo guitar with the local band. Just like any teenager.

Now Slavik is on treatment. As he is in the hospital in Ukraine, he and his parents couldn’t be sure that they would receive the necessary medication on time. It’s terrible when kids’ survival depends on expensive drugs you cannot afford to buy.

Fortunately, together you help Slavik and many kids like him. The guy will have the chemo drugs prescribed for him. He can continue treatment and make plans for the future.

Thank you for giving kids a chance to live and make their dreams come true!

Aug 7, 2020

Dacha Newcomer

Milana
Milana

Dear friends,

thank you for your generous donations that make Dacha possible!

In this devastating pandemic, the Dacha house remains open to host kids who need treatment in Kyiv to survive cancer. Here, we take all the necessary precautions, so that kids, both newly diagnosed and those who have been on treatment for months and even years, could be safe.

Milana, the little girl you see in the picture, is a newcomer at the Dacha. She started treatment at her local hospital, 250 km from Kyiv. However, her condition is quite complicated, so the family had to go to the capital for a correct diagnosis and prescriptions. Soon she will have her first chemo.

For Milana, it’s significant stress going to the hospital every day for painful procedures. But then she returns to the Dacha where she can be happy and serene. Here, there are new exciting things to explore and new friends to play with. When it’s not too hot, she and other kids go to play in the yard. That’s their second home.

Milana’s family is at the Dacha for little more than a week, although they could have arrived earlier if there were free rooms. They were on a waiting list and got a place after a few days. That’s because the house we rent is not big enough to host all the kids who need it. That’s why we are building the new big Dacha that will be the second home for all the kids on treatment.

In the picture below, you can see the work in progress. With your help, this new Dacha will host kids sooner!

New Dacha
New Dacha
 
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