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.
Oct 28, 2016

"Failed" Generation of Youth Clubs: More Successful than Ever

Training of the "Successful Youth Club" (Kyiv)
Training of the "Successful Youth Club" (Kyiv)

Dear Friends,

Warm greetings from Ukraine!

You might have noticed that it has been a while since we last reported and we would like to change this right here and right now. Not to bore you with bare numbers (which you can easily check out by clicking here) we would like to tell you about our failure and how it turned into multiple success stories.

As you may know, every year we train a group of youth over 18 y.o. and assist them in establishing youth clubs in their communities, in order to empower local disadvantaged young people through training and peer learning. This model proved itself very effective at first, so in the fall of 2015 we started another cycle and by the end of the year 17 new youth trainers, full of ideas and energy, started youth clubs in different regions of Ukraine. However, despite all the preparations, many of them simply could not gather enough participants. Surprisingly enough, the situation was most problematic in Kyiv, the city with thousands of vulnerable youth.

“Creating a youth club turned out to be harder than I through, I had to spend much more time on engaging participants”, - says Nastya, trainer of one of the Kyiv youth clubs. Indeed, as it turns out, trainers were psychologically not ready for the difficulties they faced:“During the trainings, I was constantly raising the question of how we should engage young people, - shares Olena, another youth trainer from Kyiv. – While I was starting the club, my “toolbox” lacked a variety of methods on youth engagement that I would wish I have learnt and worked out during the trainings”.

In the final result, Olena only managed to engage 5 participants who attended all of the meetings. Only those young people who were in critical need of assistance pushed themselves to spend their free time on youth club, she says. “There is simply too much to do in Kyiv, not all young people are interested. Some already have negative experience with different kinds of trainings. If I had sufficient knowledge on youth engagement, I probably would have done everything in a different way. At first, one has to analyze potential auditory and try to understand how they will perceive an attempt to help them. For instance, when Olya first came to the professional school where she was later holding her club, she understood that young people studying there were willing to change something, but they didn't know how. In such conditions her effort was fruitful”.

Olya is another girl who established her youth club in Kyiv this year and at first she also had trouble with engaging young people: “Potential participants were very passive, they did not want to contribute their time”, - Olya says. However, this was not the only issue: “The passiveness of young people could be overcome, but administration was an even bigger challenge and I actually was not  ready for this. During the trainings we were only told positive things, but, in fact, we should have been psychologically prepared to deal with all kinds of negative situations”.

Despite all the difficulties, Nastya, Olena and Olya carried on and, in the final result their youth clubs developed the most sincere and tight relations between participants and the trainer, young people attending these clubs demonstrated impressive personal improvements.

All of my participants, - says Olya whose youth club included over 20 people, - study at a “professional school” because they were excluded from more prestigious educational institutions. After attending our meetings all of them started trying to be re-enrolled. Now their administration claims it is losing pupils because of the club, so we have temporary stopped our activities, but I stay in contact with all of them, they often call me and ask for advice. I am starting my own organization which will become the new platform for our trainings”. 

Olena is no less eager to share: “My club does not have many participants, but all of them succeed in their own way. Now they are very active as volunteers and run their own social projects. What is more, during the first 15 trainings I could not get them to name at least one of their strengths, but now they are confident because they finally realized what they are good at”. 

Nastya is also excited to talk about improvements demonstrated by participants of her club: “It is important for me that they continuously develop, set new goals. They even created individual goal achievement plans”.

Thanks to all of the insights provided by girls, as well as other youth trainers, we were able to identify some weaknesses in our training programme. It is obvious now that a model of youth engagement should be developed, which we are able to do thanks to the rich experience collected this year.

But what is more important, we realized that most of our time and human resources should be distributed differently. Massive training of youth trainers does not guarantee the quality of assistance provided to vulnerable young people in the youth clubs. However, continuous and extended support to the most motivated youth trainers who value their participation in our project creates, perhaps, modest, but sustainable and life-changing impact.

There are youth trainers in other cities besides Kyiv, who continue to carry on with their clubs, even though their work is unpaid and all the “carrots” available within the project have already been handed to them. Taking this into account, we want to continue support to the youth clubs, which, hopefully, will help youth trainers to go an extra mile and deliver their trainings in the best way possible.

Therefore, we would be extremely grateful for your further support to the project. Please, note, that all the raised money will be handed to the youth clubs and spent on activities for building confidence and crucial life skills of vulnerable young people.

Once again, let us express the deepest gratitude to all of you! Only with your continuous support could our failures become success stories!

With best wishes,

Project Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Training at the "Motivator" youth club (Kyiv)
Training at the "Motivator" youth club (Kyiv)
"I Can!" youth club (Uman, Cherkasy Oblast)
"I Can!" youth club (Uman, Cherkasy Oblast)
Training of the "Activity" youth club (Chernihiv)
Training of the "Activity" youth club (Chernihiv)
"Future
"Future's Wings" youth club (Ivano-Frankivsk)
Participants of "Future
Participants of "Future's Wings" at an excursion
"Youth National Engine" youth club (Sloviansk)
"Youth National Engine" youth club (Sloviansk)
Workshop at the "Free Time" youth club (Berdiansk)
Workshop at the "Free Time" youth club (Berdiansk)
NY celebration at the "MIX" youth club (Odesa)
NY celebration at the "MIX" youth club (Odesa)
Dec 28, 2015

Winter is time for Miracles

Playing the learning game
Playing the learning game

Dear friends,

Winter is time of miracles, love, joy and magic in the air. And regardless the age, when it comes to Christmas season and New Year celebration many people are waiting for the dreams to come true.

Today we want to share the great memories with you, when some little, but still very important dreams turned into reality because of your help and support. There is a holiday in Ukraine when St. Nicholas brings to every obedient child the little gift, and we were happy to be his helpers on behalf of you. All children, who currently stay in short-term foster families wrote the letters and received some presents they were dreaming of: fluffy toys, ball, roller-skates, learning games, construction kits, watercolour painting set and brushes, embroidery set, mp3 player, earphones, English tutorial and different sweets.

You just should imagine how happy they were, how bright were their eyes and how sincere they were laughing. “I feel myself so happy, now I got a friend to love me”, - said little Yana* holding her new fluffy rabbit, which speaks “I love you” often. “My English will become much better with the tutorial I have dreamed about”, - the 13-years old Nastia* told. And the youngest children, who are only 6 and 7 months old kept their new toys as a treasure and smiled a lot.

Thank you very much for all your kindness and support. We know that together with your help we are able to change the live for thousands vulnerable children and make some big dream about loving and caring family come true as well.

Many of us are waiting for the winter holidays to start the life from scratch when the New Year will come. We are building plans and believe that better things will happen next year. We are making wishes and promises to ourselves; we are ready to improve ourselves to become healthier, organized, kind etc. But the true is that now as the best time for transformation. Always.

Just look around and enjoy those days! Isn`t it a miracle that all the world is dream bigger? You are the part of the wonderland. On behalf of all vulnerable children we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And please donate whatever you can afford and tell everyone you know about the little steps which change the lives.

We thank you immensely!

* All names of the children have been changed to protect confidentiality. 

 

With English tutorial
With English tutorial
Tiny sweets lover
Tiny sweets lover
Learning to ride a scooter
Learning to ride a scooter
Sep 25, 2015

Miracle Rebirth of the Family: Story of a Little Angel

Happy little Angel
Happy little Angel

The Indian summer is upon us here in Ukraine and we hope you enjoy the warm autumn days as well. As this most exciting part of the autumn approaches, we are super-eager to tell you about all of the latest success stories of the Emergency Fostering project. And here comes one of the most amazing ones! It is about a case when foster care did not just help to save a family for a child, but reunited it emotionally and strengthened it.

As Nadia gave birth at the age of 13, she and even her own mother were not prepared to accept a baby-girl into the family. First of all, there was no physical possibility for them to take care of a newborn, since the grandmother of the latter would have to work days, in order to support children and Nadia had school classes to attend. What is more, neither the young mother, nor the young granny were emotionally ready to comprehend and realize their new responsibilities and challenges they had to face.

Being desperate, Nadia and her mom had even considered giving up the baby, but, luckily, medical staff of the maternity clinic told them about the possibility of placing both girls in a foster family.

“She was sure very young and could not immediately accept her new social role, the role of a mother. However, in the foster family Nadia was away from all the factors that constantly stressed her back home: anxiousness about not being ready to take care of a little baby, fear of going back to school and having her colleagues find out about her early motherhood and so on. Now Nadia was in a friendly, safe and comfortable environment, where she started to learn what it is like to be a mom and became connected to her child”, – the project manager Larysa, commented on the case.

When Nadia and the baby returned home, everything came together. It was decided that Nadia’s grandparents would take care of their grand-granddaughter for the first years giving the 13-year-old the ability to go back to school and receive proper education. The couple lives in another town, which provides Nadia with an opportunity to avoid unnecessary talks and prejudices about her. However, they still live close enough, so Nadia is also able to visit her child.

The good of the outcome truly concerns everyone in Nadia’s family.

Firstly, Nadia’s grandparents are thrilled about having a baby in their house. “She is a little angel, our sunshine! I do not know what we would do without having her around”, – shared Nadia’s grandmother while talking about her grand-granddaughter.

Secondly, Nadia became a real parent to her small daughter, while being able to continue studying and getting full use of her potential.

Finally, Nadia’s mother had time to figure out her life as well. In the end, she found a job where she could work fewer hours, in order to pay more attention to her child and grandchild. But most importantly, the beautiful baby-girl did not become an orphan. Instead, even before being able to walk and talk, she has revitalized emotional connections and love relations in her family. Once Nadia and her mother had some time without their regular problems oppressing them, both realized what a bless it is to have a little baby in their lives.

And this miracle of birth – the rebirth of a caring and truly united family – was possible thanks to your constant support to the project.  

  • It takes less than $10 to provide accommodation and food for children like Nadia and her baby for 1 day.
  • And only $200 can keep children like Nadia and her baby in urgent need of our support safe in a safe and secure family for 1 month.

We thank you for your generosity on behalf of Nadia, her little daughter and every child in need.

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

Emergency foster carer
Emergency foster carer's tender arms
Going for a walk with family
Going for a walk with family
 
   

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