Partnership for Every Child

Our vision is the world where every child grows up in a lovely and secure family. Mission. We professionally assist families, communities and governments in their work to ensure the rights of every child to live and develop in safe and secure family environments. Our main focus until 2015 is to prevent separation of children from families and placement in institutional care; support and strengthening parental capacities of vulnerable families; support to children leaving care.
Feb 21, 2017

Towards Better Future through Better Education

Violetta is writing a letter to the GG community
Violetta is writing a letter to the GG community

“Hello! I am Chaplinska Violetta. I thank you for your help. I can read and write in English. I like playing English games and singing songs. With best wishes, Violetta”.

While reading this letter and looking at this photograph it becomes easy to picture a little cheerful girl that likes learning, playing and dreaming.

However, things were very different 3 years ago. As you know, over the end of January and throughout February 2014 over 100 persons (including Violetta’s father) were killed during the massive protests that took place in Kyiv and all over the territory of Ukraine. Today, the 20th of February, is the Heavenly Hundred Memorial Day in Ukraine, the day when we tribute honor to Violetta’s and other children’s parents. And this is the perfect opportunity to tell you what you have helped achieve.

Immediately after the tragic events the initiative “Maidan Family” was started. It was administered by Pryirpinnia Community Charity Fund and collected UAH 50 millions in donations, which were used to support families of those who lost their dear ones or were injured during the protests. The costs donated by the GlobalGiving community helped us support families of the Heavenly Hundred by helping their children get high quality education, which they themselves would not be able to pay for.

Thanks to your compassion and generous support, Violetta has not only received additional English classes that will allow her pursue bigger, more ambitious dreams in the future, but she is also taught with an individual approach (which is impossible in public schools) that can ensure that she will master English in depths. At the moment she is in her second year of learning and she is already making progress being able to write a whole letter to thank you for helping her without any supervision. 

And there are more success stories that are waiting to be told. Over the next few weeks, we will tell you a couple of them to show the impact you helped creating.

And right now we want to share some general numbers and facts:

(1)  As of this moment, starting from December 2014, we provided private lessons and tutorship to 18 children whose fathers died during the tragic events that occurred earlier that year.

(2)  2 children received study assistance for 2,5 school years (18-19 months of tutorial),

1 child – for 2 school years (15 months),

3 children – for 1,5 school years (11-12 months),

7 children – for 1 school year (7-8 months),

5 children received a total of 1 to 7 months of study assistance (over the course of 1-2 years).

(3)  The subjects that children received assistance with were mostly foreign languages (English, German, French) and math. However, some children were tutored in chemistry, Ukrainian language, literature and history and some received private choreography, arts and crafts lessons. Most children were taught one subject, but those who needed more received complex tutorials consisting of 2, 3 or even 4 subjects.

Having all of this in mind we would like to thank you for providing support to this cause and thus build a better future for Ukraine. Of course, so much more has to be done. In spite revolutionary changes, a lot of the “old” social sphere issues are still in place negatively influencing the lives of Ukrainian children. We will stay committed to solving these issues to help the children have the kind of future that is not limited in opportunities and we kindly ask you to consider giving, in order to help other causes we work on, including Youth 4 Youth and Vital Emergency Fostering projects.

Thank you once again for all the support you provided to this project.

Today our gratefulness is also sent to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of better future for Ukrainian children and our thoughts are with their families.

Warm regards,

Kateryna Snisarenko

Project Communications Officer


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Dec 30, 2016

Dignityland for Ukrainian Youth

Know Your Rights march in Lviv
Know Your Rights march in Lviv

Dear friends,

Previously we shared with you our progress and achievements within “Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives” project, in particular, about youth clubs and developing life skills of vulnerable young people. This time we’d like to tell you what we do to promote civic activism of young people.

But first a little bit of history. Last year Partnership for Every Child gained the copyright from the Council of Europe to publish educational game “Enter Dignityland! A game for learning about social rights with young people through human rights education” in Ukrainian and at the beginning of March, 2016 public presentation of Ukrainian version was successfully held.

Enter Dignityland! is a card game in which players, as Members of Parliament in an imaginary country called Dignityland, are asked to decide on the social policies concerning social rights within a development plan for the next five years. Through argumentation and decision-making processes, players learn more about social rights and their links to social policies.

Followingly we encouraged Y4Y project youth trainers to play the game to within youth clubs and youth workers all over Ukraine to play the game as a separate activity or within their own set of activities. Usually young people get so interested with social rights and things they can do to promote or protect them, that they are ready to do certain activities.

Due to your generous support, we’ve got an opportunity to support 8 small projects on increasing community civic activism inspirited by the educational game and developed by, with and for young people. Majority of projects lasted from October till the end of the year and their average budget was around $250. You may ask “What were those projects about?” And here is answers directly from the projects J

Group of young people in Lviv (supported by youth NGO “Compass”) initiated marsh "Know your social rights" to draw attention of general public of local community to the issue of social rights. During the march young people gathered more than 200 signatures of locals for the petition on ennobling the park nearby popular cinema. In such a way young people contributed to improving landscaping of native city.

Within the project “Ukraine of Dignity” in Ivano-Frankivsk city (supported by NGO “League of Tolerance”) 60 young people took part in trainings on local activism based on the educational game. Taking the example of Dignityland each participant contributed to elaboration of the strategy for community development based on promoting social rights. Also groups of participants developed project proposals for advocacy actions and securing rights of most discriminated social groups or people in difficult life circumstances. In addition, young people gained new tools for implementation of their rights in everyday life. 

“Know More!” project in Dnipro city (implemented by Branch of Ukrainian Public Chamber in Dnipropetrovsk oblast) drew attention of young people to the issues of social rights, civic engagement, development opportunities for young people existing in the city. Within the project young people developed information campaign and competition of social video clips about human rights. In total, 18 small videos were received and demonstrated at different events for young people and also they were promoted online (look them through here). By the end of the project Youth Social Forum gathered project participants and authors of videos to discuss together impact of videos and what they can do more for social rights together. Winners of the contest and active project participants were awarded with pleasant prizes.

Youth NGO “Your World” initiated project on raising awareness about social rights and youth policy among young people in Poltava oblast. 180 young people took part in project activities and increased awareness about European standards in youth policy and promotion of social rights on the local level. Remarkably, after one of the project events seniors of the school in Pyriatyn city put forward a proposal to organize the game for educators from the whole city, which was already agreed and will take place next year. Project activities contributed to improving communication of young people with various groups, including the elderly and internally displaced people.

“Active youth – Active community!” project in Kropyvnytskiy city (implemented by Youth public association "Center”) engaged around 50 young people, improved their skills, necessary for defending and promoting social rights, encouraged to active position for making real changes in their communities. As a result, young people identified needs of local communities and developed 11 project proposals on various subjects aimed at solving community problems. Project team supported young people in initiating their projects and provided networking and exchange of practices. 

Group of young people in Zhytomyr (supported by NGO “Institute of Creative Innovation”) developed and implemented project combining trainings for young people based on the game in the form of debate storytelling and targeted youth information campaign. So, after 2 debate storytelling events “My country of dignity” SMM-campaign was developed, in particular, including social video experiment “Is this my country of dignity?” with field research on the level of awareness about social rights. By the end of the project 31 messages were generated in social media (mainly Facebook) attracting around 6500 views. As a result, project strongly  influenced raising awareness about social rights in the city of Zhytomyr. You may learn more about the campaign using hashtag #kreativ_Ukraine

All in all, these were just a few mini-projects, but they drastically changed the way young people think about their social rights in the local communities of Ukraine. Thanks to your support they became more confident and active in advocating for themselves and the others.

On behalf of these young people and the team of Partnership for Every Child let me say “thank you” once again for all you are doing for this project and wish you a happy New Year! May your 2017 be full of joy!

 

Warm regards,

Igor Nosach

Project Manager

and the team of Partnership for Every Child

Collecting signatures in Lviv
Collecting signatures in Lviv
Having fun playing the game in Poltava Oblast
Having fun playing the game in Poltava Oblast
Future doctors discussing social rights in Lubny
Future doctors discussing social rights in Lubny
Developing project proposals in Kropyvnytskyi
Developing project proposals in Kropyvnytskyi
With their project certificates in Ivano-Frankivsk
With their project certificates in Ivano-Frankivsk
One of the winners of video contest in Dnipro
One of the winners of video contest in Dnipro
Information campaign poster from Zhytomyr
Information campaign poster from Zhytomyr
Information campaign poster from Zhytomyr
Information campaign poster from Zhytomyr
Dec 29, 2016

Emergency Fostering Going National

#FamilyPatronage was presented at the IACC 2016
#FamilyPatronage was presented at the IACC 2016

Dear friends,

As the 2017 is approaching us, it seems that now is the best time to think back and summarize what has been achieved over the year that is ending. Hopefully, these 12 months have been fruitful for you. As for us, we are thrilled to tell you about the transformational shifts that have been successfully realized, in order to enable not several, but all Ukrainian children who are temporary left without parental care to benefit from professional, high-quality short-term foster care.

First of all, we are very proud to tell you about the amendments of the national legislation lobbied by Partnership for Every Child that were approved and signed this year. 

The turning point in introduction of emergency fostering (#FamilyPatronage) in Ukraine took place on January 26, 2016 when the law No. 936 was approved by Verkhovna Rada, the Parliament of Ukraine. This act started a state-wide experiment for development of short-term foster service in all regions of Ukraine. And later legislative amendments included professional emergency foster carers into the cohort of service providers who receive state-funded salary (law No. 1794 of December 20, 2016) and pension for retirement (law No. 1692 of October 19, 2016).

While these were crucial changes, they raised two other massive challenges for us. First of all, to provide mentioned services in all regions of Ukraine, patronage families have to be constantly recruited and trained. What is more, to ensure fulfillment of all the legislative acts approved and signed this year, a campaign for promotion of the service has to be run, which is necessary not just for developing understanding of the service among broad public, but also specifically for getting social sphere specialists realize how necessary and useful it is for ensuring best interests of a child.

Therefore, second achievement that we find essential is the start of informational campaign. Over the last months we have been diligently informing Ukrainian public about all the developments within the national experiment via available channels, held special seminars for social sphere specialists and NGO-representatives in local communities, presented #FamilyPatronage in all possible ways to the public. But one achievement that is particularly important to us is development of an exhibition about short-term fostering, including life stories that have been changed over the years thanks to this service.  The exhibition “visited” several state institutions, including the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine and touched hearts of many decision-makers, which also helped to move the processes of approving necessary legal amendments along.

We have also trained a team of dedicated trainers who are passionate about their task, namely to train short-term foster carers, patronage families. We formed local trainer teams who are responsible for carrying out trainings in particular regions.

Of course, so much more has to be done to ensure that every child temporary left without parental care stays in safe and loving family environment at all times. In order to use this life-changing opportunity, so many challenges have to be addressed. But your support is the crucial factor that fuels the engine moving this process forward meter by meter.

We Thank you for all you have done to support this cause. We hope that the community of #FamilyPatronage supporters will only grow in 2017. But not without your help! These last days of the year are the last chances to make a monthly recurring donation that will be matched by 200%, if kept active until March 2017. And it is a great opportunity to engage more support. Please, tell your friends, relatives, acquaintaces about this opportunity before you raise your glass on the New Year’s Eve. Imagine how many smiles might light up on children’s faces thanks to this small effort! 

Please, note that all the costs donated by the global givers are used to fulfill the direct needs of children (in psychological aid, rehabilitation etc.), enhance conditions in which patronage families provide their services and train newly recruited families. “Every child that needs to be protected can be placed in emergency foster care. – says Larysa Kuznetsova, emergency foster carer from Kyiv. – We had babies, preschoolers and teenagers, children with disabilities and young mothers with newborns. Each placement is a new, often tragic story of a child or children, who were betrayed by their parents. Lots of love, warmth and professinalism is needed to light a sparkle of trust and hope in their eyes!” 

On behalf of Partnership for Every Child, let me send you the warmest New Year greetings! May your next year be successful and full of light!

 

Sincerely yours, 

Kateryna Snisarenko

Project Communications Officer

and the team of Partnership for Every Child

#FamilyPatronage exhibition...
#FamilyPatronage exhibition...
...and our team.
...and our team.
Trainers of patronage families
Trainers of patronage families
Patronage carer Tetiana Gurska being awarded...
Patronage carer Tetiana Gurska being awarded...
...a prize for a journal on patronage care lessons
...a prize for a journal on patronage care lessons
 
   

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