Dec 7, 2017

First sounds, first words ...

Sasha is happy that she hears
Sasha is happy that she hears

It has been three months since we welcomed 24 children with hearing and speech problems, who underwent cochlear implantation surgery, and their parents in the rehabilitation camp “Verba”.

 Thanks to camp’s specialists, children learned new communication skills, while their parents learned how to communicate with and support the little ones through a lengthy rehabilitation process.

 Now that our first rehabilitation camp is over, children continue their learning with their parentsandspecialists, following custom training programs developed during the camp events.

 Today children already tell apart understand the sounds, pronounce their first words and compose first sentences. In a few years they will be able to communicate fluently and go to regular schools.

 We want to express our great thanks to all the donors and volunteers who joined our project! Without you, we could not achieve such results.

 Our project continues, as 150 more children, waiting for the opportunity to go through post-surgery rehabilitation program, need our help.

We are already organizing our next rehabilitation camp, which we plan to hold in March 2018 to make even more children healthy and happy!

We will be very grateful for your continued support!

Happy mother and son after rehabilitation
Happy mother and son after rehabilitation
Egor is reading a book
Egor is reading a book
Solomiya lerns to speak
Solomiya lerns to speak
Nikita likes to talk
Nikita likes to talk

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Sep 11, 2017

Learning to Hear and Speak.

When a child is diagnosed with a hearing loss, the hearts of his/her parents are filled with pain and hopelessness. So were the hearts of Vlas’ parents after they learned that their baby boy was born deaf. They had to decide between enrolling their son into a boarding school for children with impaired hearing, where sign language would be his only way to communication with the outside world or have him undergo a cochlear implantation surgery followed by series of rehabilitation procedures under the supervision of specialists. They chose the latter option. 

Today Vlas is 19 years old. He has graduated from high school with honors, was admitted to a university and now dreams of becoming an architect. Vlas was a volunteer in our project, where he used his own story to inspire children recovering after surgery.

Impacted by such success stories, our organization, decided to help children with hearing impediments after cochlear implantation by organizing wellness camps. 

In August 2017 in the town of Bucha, near Kiev, we organized such wellness rehabilitation camp, Verba, which attended 24 families with children who recently underwent cochlear implantation surgery.

For over three years, international charity fund, “Ukraine! I am for you!”, helps children impacted by hearing and speech impairments by procuring high-quality diagnostic equipment and organizing rehabilitation wellness camps. While Ukrainian government covers the cost of cochlear implantation surgery, it offers no support towards rehabilitation activities, which are vital to children’s recovery.   

Thanks to our incredible donors, these 24 children now have a chance to live healthy, full, and successful lives. Your support helped us organize our wellness camp and cover all expenses, which amounted to $250.00 per child.

The first day at camp started with a warm welcome at the Kiev Railway Station, where children and their parents met for the first time. Upon their arrival to camp, families were greeted by a government official representing the Office of Protection of Children’s Rights of Ukraine. In the course of following 12 days children and their parents completed individualized and group workshops with specialists including speech therapists, psychologist and phonetic rhythmologist, who taught children to how to recognize speech and how to speak, using different methodologies.

Parents play an important role in their child’s rehabilitation process. At our camp they attended workshops on how to facilitate learning for their children in their every-day lives.

Our rehabilitation camp taught children and their families new skills, gave them hope, and, most importantly, the opportunity to overcome hearing and speech impairments.

Children enjoy after class outdoor activities
Children enjoy after class outdoor activities
Parents attend a lecture with psychologist
Parents attend a lecture with psychologist
Children enjoy after-class outdoor activities
Children enjoy after-class outdoor activities
Children enjoy after class outdoor activities
Children enjoy after class outdoor activities
Happy faces of 24 families
Happy faces of 24 families
 
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