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.
Dec 27, 2016

Saved Before Christmas

Dear friends,

It is a well-known fact that around important holidays, such as Christmas, everyone is craving for miracles. Luckily, Global Giving community is there to bring you and us closer together, so we could make our dreams and ideas come true.

One particular miracle has nearly failed to occur, but it did arrive. And just in time to become your own Christmas story.

The mother of little Katia (3 y.o.), Dima (2 y.o.) left them closed in a rented apartment where they stayed for 9 days. They did not have any water or food with the exception of a few candies. The scratches and other damages inside the apartment prove that they tried to escape, but could not. After all their attempts to cry for help, on the 6th day of imprisonment, Dima’s heart stopped. And Katia remained with her dead brother’s body for another 3 days until discovered by the mother who finally returned home.

Katia was hospitalized, while social services raised the question about withdrawal of parental rights from the careless mother and start of criminal procedures against her and her boyfriend. Meanwhile, in the middle of all of this, Katia was in extremely bad state of health alone at the hospital. Her biological father wasn’t there either, since earlier in this story his ex-wife prohibited him to see the children due to his aggressive behavior.

“Children cannot see how adults are trying to define who’s wrong and who’s wright. - says Zinaida Kyianytsia, Deputy Director of P4EC who has contributed a lot to the development of the service in Ukraine, - For a child every day is important: it is a unique development opportunity, which can only be used when this child is receiving warmth and family care. At this moment patronage family is the best solution”. 

So patronage family (short-term foster family) came to the rescue.

It was already miraculous enough, after all, that Katia’s health was restored. And right now another miracle is in the process – the little one is taken care of by patronage parents and, hopefully, will find a new, permanent, loving home.

“As of today, the child was placed in a patronage family, she was removed from the hospital. – Says Deputy Chief Medical of the hospital where Katia spent first weeks after freed from the prison apartment. – Right now she has to go through rehabilitation period to full recovery. Right now we are justified to tell that the child has no somatic problems, she is in good health. Now we should hope that, after some time, she will also “melt down” and regain psychological health as well.”

The girl will again be happy and smiling. Partonage parents will do everything possible for her sooner emotional recovery. Katia will stay with them for several months, until a permanent care decision is developed.

By the way, Katia also has a baby sister who is daughter of Katia’s mom and her boyfriend and who used to be taken care of by a grandmother. Right now she is also placed in the patronage family, together with the elder sister.

Thanks to your support, these little angels were saved. They will not be separated from each other and will find a common family. Enough grounds to call it a miracle, we would say.

However, our goal goes much further. There are a lot of children in Ukraine who suffer from child neglect and violence. So the bigger our project community is, the faster we can help them all. Therefore, let them feel your warmth over Christmas by inviting your friends and family to support this cause during holidays.

Just one small good always gets multiplied: if they make a new monthly recurring donation to the project and keep it active until March 2017, their initial donation will be matched by 200% thanks to the Global Giving Year-End Campaign. 

Thank you again for all you have done to support this cause!

Merry Christmas to all of the patronage givers!

 

Sincerely,

Kateryna Snisarenko

Project Communications Officer

Dec 27, 2016

A Story 4 Christmas

"Successful Youth Club": second lap
"Successful Youth Club": second lap

Dear friends,

 The days before the Christmas Eve always feel special. And here is a special report for you from our Youth 4 Youth team.

 On this special occasion we would like to share with  you a first-person story from Natalia, a youth trainer, ups and downs experienced by her and the lessons learnt while working with vulnerable youth (see original text here):

 "About a year ago [in September 2015] I learnt about the project "Youth for Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives!" that was being implemented by Partnership for Every Child. I applied to get free training and become a youth trainer. By that time I had already been engaged in different trainings of trainers, since I had a goal of becoming a professional and certified trainer. As usually, I filled in the application last night, but luckily it was accepted. Afterwards, I found out that, except of participating in training of youth trainers, we [participants] had to also establish youth clubs and deliver weekly trainings for vulnerable young people until June of 2016. Well it was unexpected but I decided to try, because my desire to become a professional trainer was very strong. Youth 4 Youth project was interesting itself: highly professional project team (and I have other experiences to compare with). They managed to create warm and friendly atmosphere within the project group, and of course, we became good friends inside the group.

 But establishing a youth club turned out to be more difficult than I expected, it was necessary to dedicate much more time than I had planned before. There were difficulties with the involvement of young people: I had only 2 regular participants in my club during about three months. Well, I'm used to never give up when starting something, so there was no turning back. I had to get to the end and I continued delivering trainings for two participants and several all-the-time-coming-and-leaving ones, as well as searching for new youth participants. When spring came, more young people used to come to club meetings, the club was growing and developing; and at the same time I changed my attitude towards the project. I started to love the club, its members; they gave me back as much as I gave them. I learned together with them, developed my trainer skills. I did a lot of exercises with them as well. I worked hard to improve my competences, to become a real example for my young people and to be able to motivate and empower them. However, I received a long-awaited youth trainer's certificate in June, signed all necessary project documents, and seemed to have achieved my goal. Summer holidays started and I had no obligation to re-open the club next year.

But ... the club became very valuable for me, it was more than just a project! We became like a family, even when we did not meet in summer, we have always supported each other and helped regularly. So, yesterday [late September 2016] meetings of "The Club of Successful Youth" started again in a very cosy and warm place.

 And finally, I express my gratitude to all project team for the opportunity to take part in a cool project and become a part of it, for very valuable knowledge, motivation and supervision".

 This and many other stories would not be possible without your support. Please, do consider doing a little extra for this cause during the holidays. It will not take a lot of time, promise.

 Invite new members to our Youth 4 Youth community. The more it is, the faster we will reach our goal! And now it is a perfect time to do so. Do not miss a chance to tell about this cause to your friends and family who you will see during the Christmas time. Right now this is particularly important to engage newcomers, since new recurring donations made during December and kept active until March 2017 will be matched by 200% thanks to Global Giving Year-End Campaign.

Let it be your little Christmas present to us. And our present to you are happy stories of empowered young people and their youth clubs.

Thank you again for your support!

Merry Christmas!

 

Igor Nosach,

Project Manager

Nov 29, 2016

A Big Change With A Little Help

Martha at Tetiana and Ivan Gnatyky family
Martha at Tetiana and Ivan Gnatyky family

Dear friends,

Warm holiday season greetings to all of you!

Did you know that during this magical time of the year (when everything is possible) you are able to multiply the good that you do at least by half? If you did not, get ready to find out, because our story begins...

...It begins with a little girl, named Martha, whose mother left her family for another one.

This happened when Martha was less than two years old and even though she also had a loving father, this occasion made a huge negative impact on her. All due to the Soviet-time belief that the father should not take an active part in child's early upbringing. Unfortunately, up until now it still exists in Ukraine and negatively impacts parental capacity of many dads, including little Martha's father. The latter was already devastated being left by his spouse, but realization of the fact that he was also unable to take proper care of his child shook him even more. All in all, the negativity of the situation consumed him, he was self-unconscious and confused and clearly needed external assistance.

As a result, Martha who has a very delicate immune system got sick and was placed in a hospital, which nearly destroyed her dad. However, short-term foster carers came to help. They took over the parental responsibilities while the girl was in the hospital and took her home after she got better.

Not only did they manage to restore Martha’s health in just 1,5 months, they returned confidence to the girl’s father and actually helped him become a capable parent.  

“Without the ability to sincerely talk with with the Gnatyk family I would not be able to learn how to care about my own daughter and, most likely, it would not end up well. – said the happy father after reuniting with Martha. – When she was in the hospital, I could not sleep well worrying that she might be taken away from me bacause I am a single father without any considerable father-skills. I realised that, instead of concentrating on our loss, I should value the happiness of having such a little miracle at my side and learn what I should do to keep her happy at all times”.

This example shows how assistance, even very limited in time, can turn hopeless situation into a hopeful one. Martha avoided the trauma of being completely separated from her parent. Her father, at the same time, raised his capacity as a dad and formed a small, but loving and tight family.

Over the last 6 years 29 of the children ever placed in short-term emergency care in Ukraine successfully reunited with their bilogical parents after overcoming similar or even much more difficult circumstances. And while this is a considerable achivement, our project aims for much more. We believe that  every child has to grow up and develop in a caring family. Martha’s family was rescued, but there are still many other ones in an urgent need of assistance. These are the families whose true enemy is not parental indifference, but difficult circumstances coming along the way. Such families deserve a chance to be supported and change for the better. Therefore  we aim to spread the service of short-term fostering to as many communities as possible.

...And just imagine that in the time of crisis every family will have the opportunity to be supported and every child will be surrounded by family care at all times. At the moment you are able to help us make this vision come true much faster, you can do much more than you might think.

Thanks to the #GivingTuesday campaign supported by GlobalGiving.org, all the donations made on November 29, 2016 will be matched by additional 50%. This means that if you donate 10 USD we will get 15 USD for providing further aid to vulnerable families with children!

All of you have already done so much for our beneficiaries! Please, do consider this opportunity to multiply the good that you generated throughout the project, in order to help boys and girls like Martha stay together with their parents at all times.

Thank you in advance from all of us at Partnership for Every Child! Your support inspires and helps us to do so much more!

 

Sincerely yours,

Kateryna Snisarenko

Project Communications Officer

...and the whole team of Parntership for Every Child

 
   

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