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.
Apr 3, 2015

Little happy story before Easter

Happy family after the reunion
Happy family after the reunion

Dear Friends, spring greetings from Ukraine!

Easter is approaching in a few days and we want to share some really exciting news with you. As you probably know, currently Ukrainian people suffer from military conflict in Eastern regions and we have difficulties and issues connecting with that process. Our present day story is about short-term foster carers who providet care and moral support for two girls and helpes to rescue them from life threatening experience.

«You cannot imagine how scary it is there for all, especially for children, – commented  about events in Luhansk region professional journalists Maksym and Oksana*, «there is no sense for our family to return back».

Two Russian-speaking chatterboxes – 12-year old Sasha and 9-year old Katya along with their father Maksym and mother Oksana moved from the “war zone in Luhansk region” to “peaceful” Kharkiv in autumn last year. The family rented an apartment, the children went to school and their parents got wrapped into dangerous journalism: «as there shall be someone, who will provide real truth about events in Luhansk region». However, life changes things: it has become dangerous for Sasha and Katya to stay in Kharkiv in the beginning of February 2015 due to professional activities of their parents, as the family received numerous threats. Afterwards came the worrying overnight move to a place where the children would feel safe.

Thus, Sasha and Katya temporarily “went for a visit” to a short-term fostering family under the parents’ consent to Natalia and Anatoliy in Kyiv. «Your parents are genuine heroes, as they returned to work in order to save lives of others”, – said Nataliya to the children, – “and you are small heroes too, as you can keep secrets».

Seventeen days have turned Sasha’s and Katya’s visit into meaningful walks, amusement and interesting ways of conceiving Kyiv. «The children are very interesting, curious and it may seem sometimes that they “got more mature” from that “unpeaceful life”, since they have always been concerned whether their mother and father would come back, whether they were fine» (an abstract from the dairy of short-term foster parent Natalia). «I have been impressed by an open dialogue with older Sasha, in particular, who seemed to be very heart-pounding and chatterbox Katyusha and... trusting “secret” conversations about everything, everything, everything.»

There were tears and emotional rollercoaster and anger – “and that’s is normal” – as psychologist testified, who managed to hold several meetings with girls. «We adults do not comprehend what is going through such a small child's soul in the daily expection of a phone call and command: "packing your cloth and go home tomorrow, everything is good, the danger has gone."»

Hurray! There is the long-awaited Dad on the verge of foster carer’s apartments... then shared dinner and several hours on the road. And the girls’ call and a sincere «Thank you so much, Natasha, we already miss you much and could we call you again?»

Our team thank you all for supporting this project so that the children in our care are able to “get back” to their common family life after being knocked down by the difficulties sometimes caused by the most incredible reasons. We are looking forward to sharing our further updates with you and grateful to you all again for the happy ending and support.

May all the choicest blessings of the world be showered upon you and fill your life with delight. Happy Easter!

 

* The names have been changed to protect a child's confidentiality.

Family patronage results (March, 2015)
Family patronage results (March, 2015)
Mar 24, 2015

Here come the youth clubs

Youth club presentation in boarding school (Kaniv)
Youth club presentation in boarding school (Kaniv)

Dear friends,

In the previous report we told you about the preparation of «Youth 4 Youth» project participants to creation of youth clubs and regular workshops in accordance with training program «How to become successful».

Properly after the end of basic preparation project participants started creating youth clubs in their communities and preparing project proposals in order to get funding for providing their activities. Thick and fast cheerful messages on founding clubs in different parts of the country have appeared in the project participants’ Facebook account. And the first three participants who provided the training on program «How to become successful», got presents from the Partnership for Every Child.

One of the pioneers in youth clubs creating, Dmytro from Voznesensk describes his experience in such a way: “Then everything was (held) according to the plan. We didn’t postpone. We negotiated on room (space) in the cafe «B-Club». I invited participants. Children from the orphanages and I held an interesting meeting, distributed invitations. In the college (technical school) we just informed students deprived from parental care. Everybody expressed his interest. The first meeting was held successfully.”

But who became club participants? First of all, trainers engage youth of vulnerable categories, such as: children being nurtured in orphanages, homeless care-leavers, youth in conflict with the law, internal displaced children and youth. Trainers also invited active young people to the end that participants from vulnerable youth meet with them and take over patterns of behaviour, different from theirs and develop new positive social ties.

Trainers tried to choose the most optimal meeting locations and agreed time of such meetings with the participants. So, sometimes such locations were space of a city club, library, social service or civil organisation office or college. At the initial stage some chairmen of orphanages were cautious about the idea of providing activities for their pupils external to the orphanages, but eventually they admitted the advisability of such approach. It is important that a young man attends club meetings on his own, he looks for an opportunity to take part instead waiting for specialists to visit an orphanage or any other location of his permanent residence in order to provide some developmental activities.

Club lessons, as a rule, take place every week and last 2-4 hours. They are aimed at the development of vital skills for the youth, enhancing self-assurance, rising awareness on the social rights and recognising of opportunities of their realization in an everyday life. Among other matters, participants study to analyse their actions and to design their way of life; to interact with surrounding people; to build relations with a person of the opposite sex; to settle complicated life situations; to plan a budget; to manage a household; to use time rationally. Significant attention is also paid to planning the further professional education and career.

By the 20th of March 2015 youth trainers of the project «Youth 4 Youth» have provided more than 100 workshops, which covered more than 200 young people in 12 regions of Ukraine. Thanks to your support the Partnership for Every Child have provided grants for realisation of 12 projects in 10 regions of the country at the total amount of 70000 UAH. The money a trainer spends on coffee-breaks, stationery and on the other necessary measures. And the common interesting leisure (bowling, skating and so on) helps to support participants’ motivation to visit club meetings regularly.

Soon the Partnership for Every Child will invite all trainers to the second supervisory meeting. It is planned(expected) that trainers will analyse results of youth clubs activities, will be given tips by the project experts on the settlement of complicated situations during workshops and on the motivation of the youth to active participation. And in early summer the most active participants from all clubs will gather for the final three-day camp!

Stay tuned! More fun ahead!

Club group picture (Kaniv)
Club group picture (Kaniv)
Working together during the club
Working together during the club
One of the first lessons in Dnipropetrovsk
One of the first lessons in Dnipropetrovsk
Cooking workshop (Dnipropetrovsk)
Cooking workshop (Dnipropetrovsk)
Christmas meeting (Dnipropetrovsk)
Christmas meeting (Dnipropetrovsk)
Lyubotyn club in Kharkiv region
Lyubotyn club in Kharkiv region
Soft toy making workshop (Kharkiv region)
Soft toy making workshop (Kharkiv region)
Happy Birthday party (Odessa)
Happy Birthday party (Odessa)
Coffee break in Odessa
Coffee break in Odessa
Tickets of participants for Social Service Centre
Tickets of participants for Social Service Centre
Dec 22, 2014

Looking back to go ahead

Learning new skills to build better lives
Learning new skills to build better lives

Dear friends,

With the festive season just around the corner, we would like to wish all our supporters happy holidays and all the best in 2015. On behalf of all the young people from “Youth 4 Youth” project, we send our warmest thanks (or Diakuiu, as we say in Ukraine) for your generosity and continuous support of this project. Your donations helped us to reach 50% funding threshold and to achieve incredible results which we are proud to report you on.

First of all, at the start of the new school year in September 2014 the project transferred into the second phase: preparation of the young people for a peer-to-peer work in the communities. To facilitate this process, 5-module workbooks and training manuals have been developed both for youth trainers and their peers. The aim was to help and to guide young people in learning and interaction with their peers, nurturing leadership skills and potential. Written in a friendly language with bright illustrations and design, the handouts have been piloted in the regions during peer-to-peer sessions in the summer and received a very positive feedback.   

Secondly, to utilise the best European practice of raising youth awareness on social rights that would suit the needs of Ukrainian youth, we have outsourced and will adapt an interactive game on social rights "Enter Dignityland" that was developed and freely distributed by the Council of Europe (CoE). In November 2014, active young people with alternative care experience participated in additional workshop within “Youth 4 Youth” Project conducted by the Youth Department representative, Council of Europe. In that way, project participants who wish to support peers in fulfilling social and human rights received a deeper insight into the subject, existing policies and advocacy fundamentals.

To support training efforts, a Facebook group have been created as a platform for conversation and sharing experience. Based across 13 different regions of Ukraine, youth participants have actively joined the members-only group and initiated multifaceted discussions on the issues that matter. Introducing social media into achieving project results has helped towards constant, accessible and efficient communication and interaction.

Finally, we would like to hear your feedback: what inspires you to support us? Do you, like us, believe that inspired youth aspire changes? If the answer is yes, why not like our cause on Facebook and spread the word why it matters to support young people without parental care in their transition into independent, successful life.

Their future selves will thank you immensely.

With best wishes for 2015,

Vasylyna Dybaylo, Project Leader

Your donations helped youth to achieve in 2014
Your donations helped youth to achieve in 2014
Youth representation across 13 regions of Ukraine
Youth representation across 13 regions of Ukraine
At the workshop on social and human rights
At the workshop on social and human rights
Training manuals to guide youth in work with peers
Training manuals to guide youth in work with peers

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