Feb 10, 2021

Books for children about coronavirus and not only

Dear friends!
We constantly feel your support. And this is very important for us and for blind children in Ukraine!
Today it is difficult for many of us, so we are sincerely grateful to you for supporting the project to adapt books for blind children.
During the reporting period, we paid a lot of attention to informing children and parents about how to behave during the coronavirus pandemic.
Children react differently to information. Someone may be overwhelmed by excitement or anxiety, someone may think that the threat is exaggerated, and will not take the precautions seriously. It is useful to learn not only about the child's feelings about the situation as a whole, but also about how changes in daily life affect him.
Children have a vivid imagination, which can cause them to worry unnecessarily in stressful situations. It is not only the virus that is dangerous, but also the fear with which we can infect our children. It is important to find a reasonable balance by honestly answering your child's questions about COVID-19 without frightening them with too much information.
Therefore, we tried to adapt the materials for children in a form that is accessible to them. For example, the book "Robie and the Angry in the Crown" by the Ukrainian writer Galina Budilova helped us a lot in this.
The heroes of the book are brother and sister and their toy robot Robie. We not only adapted this book according to the principles of universally design, but also offered children a coloring based on this fairy tale story. children with great pleasure got acquainted with the heroes of the book and the rules of behavior during the coronavirus pandemic.
Our little readers were not left without gifts for Christmas and New Year. Each of them received a festive set of 4 books "Winter Tales" and a set of relief drawings "Winter".
It is interesting for us to participate in the project "Touch the Word" of the Ukrainian diaspora in Hungary, initiated by Ulyana Knyaginetskaya.
2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding Ukrainian writer, translator, social and cultural activist Lesia Ukrainka. The date of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Lesya Ukrainka is included in the UNESCO Anniversary Calendar.
We are not staying away from this event. The collections of poems and fairy tales by Lesia Ukrainka "In the children's circle", "Trouble will teach" have already gone to the children.
For teenagers, we adapted and published the song "Forest Song".
Together with our partners from Hungary, we are preparing a book of poems by Lesya Ukrainka for adults.
Our organization continues to support blind children who study in general education schools. We adapt and print textbooks and manuals for them. And for teachers teaching aids and teaching aids in Braille, tactile books.

Oct 14, 2020

Our contribution to the fight against COVID-19

Dear friends!

Your support is very important to us at such a difficult time for all of us!

We understand how psychologically and financially difficult many of you are, so we are sincerely grateful to you for supporting our project.

Thanks to your charitable contributions, blind children in Ukraine receive books printed according to the principles of universal design.

They are looking forward to them, writing to us whatever books they would like to read.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, we received a proposal to adapt Helen Patuk's book "You Are My Hero" according to the principles of universal design. This book was produced as part of the Interdepartmental Standing Committee Reference Group Project on Mental Health and Psychosocial Emergen

Dear friends!

Your support is very important to us at such a difficult time for all of us!

We understand how psychologically and financially difficult many of you are, so we are sincerely grateful to you for supporting our project.

Thanks to your charitable contributions, blind children in Ukraine receive books printed according to the principles of universal design.

They are looking forward to them, writing to us whatever books they would like to read.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, we received a proposal to adapt Helen Patuk's book "You Are My Hero" according to the principles of universal design. This book was produced as part of the Interdepartmental Standing Committee Reference Group Project on Mental Health and Psychosocial Emergency Support. In the creation of this book, over 1,700 children, parents, guardians and teachers from around the world have devoted time to sharing their experiences in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. This book is written for children and their parents and tells in a fabulous way how you can protect yourself from coronavirus infection. The heroes of the book, the girl Sarah and the dragon Ario, teach children what rules they must follow in order not to get infected with the coronavirus, how to cope with fear and sadness. The book was received by over 100 families raising children with severe visual impairments from different regions of Ukraine. And we look forward to the sequel to Action for Heroes (coming soon), which offers support in addressing COVID-19 topics, helping children cope with feelings and emotions

Our books are in demand not only in Ukraine. We made new friends, the Ukrainian diaspora in Hungary, and thanks to this, a new book, a collection of fairy tales by contemporary Ukrainian writers "Divokray", appeared.

An even more important event for us took place during the reporting period. We became partners of the open public library of books for the blind "Tochka" in Kharkov. All the books we have adapted and printed

Books printed with universal design principles have become even more accessible to people with visual impairments.

Our organization continues to support blind children who study in general education schools. We adapt and print textbooks and manuals for them.

During the reporting period, we published books: "My hero is you", G. Kasdepke "Caution", collection of fairy tales "Divocrai", "Dragons of the Autumn Sun",

Labyrinth of Bones is the first book in the 39 Keys inter-author adventure novel series, which was founded by Rick Riordan,«Sun family», « Colored fables» .

cy Support. In the creation of this book, over 1,700 children, parents, guardians and teachers from around the world have devoted time to sharing their experiences in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. This book is written for children and their parents and tells in a fabulous way how you can protect yourself from coronavirus infection. The heroes of the book, the girl Sarah and the dragon Ario, teach children what rules they must follow in order not to get infected with the coronavirus, how to cope with fear and sadness. The book was received by over 100 families raising children with severe visual impairments from different regions of Ukraine. And we look forward to the sequel to Action for Heroes (coming soon), which offers support in addressing COVID-19 topics, helping children cope with feelings and emotions

Our books are in demand not only in Ukraine. We made new friends, the Ukrainian diaspora in Hungary, and thanks to this, a new book, a collection of fairy tales by contemporary Ukrainian writers "Divokray", appeared.

An even more important event for us took place during the reporting period. We became partners of the open public library of books for the blind "Tochka" in Kharkov. All the books we have adapted and printed

Books printed with universal design principles have become even more accessible to people with visual impairments.

Our organization continues to support blind children who study in general education schools. We adapt and print textbooks and manuals for them.

During the reporting period, we published books: "My hero is you", G. Kasdepke "Caution", collection of fairy tales "Divocrai", "Dragons of the Autumn Sun",

Labyrinth of Bones is the first book in the 39 Keys inter-author adventure novel series, which was founded by Rick Riordan,«Sun family», « Colored fables» .

Jun 17, 2020

Ability to work in quarantine

Dear friends!

The reporting period was not easy, not only for us, but for the whole world. Many people lost their jobs, their psychological condition and financial situation worsened, and firms suffered losses. And we are very grateful that during this difficult period you found the opportunity to support our project. And blind children continued to receive new books in Braille.

Our team was not at a loss. We continued to work on adapting books and even moved some of the equipment to our homes. It was important for us that blind children, even during the quarantine period, could receive information in an accessible way for them. Moreover, blind students switched to distance learning. Teachers and parents were not ready for this, they did not have enough knowledge in organizing this process. Therefore, we started the project “Parent Universities” - an online school of parental skill, where we began to post materials: lectures, presentations, organize online conferences with various specialists on the peculiarities of the education and training of blind children. At this school, specialists from Ukraine, Russia, Poland share their knowledge and experience with families who raise blind children.

During the reporting period, the demand for books for study, including in English and German, adapted according to the principles of universal design, increased among children, students and teachers.

During the reporting period, we continued to work on a series of books by contemporary Ukrainian and foreign writers, Stars on the Hands. We adapted and published the book “The Thorns of the Viburnum Region” by Sofia Zivolup. The book is also unique in that the schoolgirl, the author, is only 16 years old and wrote a fairy tale for children.

The tale was not written at the children's level - it is a talented fascinating work from the first page to the end. Imagine a lonely viburnum that asks for help from trees from all over the world when its impudent enemy neighbor came to destroy its roots. The wind comes to the rescue. An exciting journey will be interesting not only for children but also for adults.

For teens, our team began adapting a series of books by Rachel Rene Russell

"Nikki's Diary", which tells about a series of events in the life of Nikki Maxwell. All joys and sorrows (but more sorrows) are given a place in her personal diary. The girl often gets into the most incredible and awkward situations, and she also draws great.

The author of the series, Rachel Rene Russell, works as a lawyer, and writes books for teenagers in between trials. Stories about Nikki's loser in America received the Book of the Year by Kids Version Award twice, and also won the Best Book Award by the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award.

We are very pleased that our blind girls were able to get acquainted with these books.

The books of the series resonated with our readers, because they describe questions that are close to each schoolgirl: how to behave with a boy so that he likes, how to build relationships with parents and sister, how to make friends in the classroom and how not to lose them.

A major step in our work was the adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984. Orwell’s fantastic dystopia is a world of total control and fear, where people live for the sake of war, in order to hide the truth and educate real patriots. In a cruel totalitarian state, people are deprived of civil rights and their own opinions. Now, "1984" is considered a key work in the dystopian genre.

 Thank you so much for your support!


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