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.
Sep 16, 2015

More Friendships is the Best Reward

Y4Y delegated participants: Tanya (1 on the left)
Y4Y delegated participants: Tanya (1 on the left)

Dear Friends,

feeling the cool breath of autumn in the air, we are sending to you our warmest greetings! =)

Today we would like to continue telling you the stories of achievements made by the young people who have attended the youth clubs over the last academical year.

In our latest report we summarized the results of the first “Youth 4 Youth” project year and told you about the summer camp that gathered together youth clubs participants from different regions. Listening to young people exhanging their impressions and emotions was very inspiring! Unfortunately, the camp came to an end and so the first year of our project was also completed.

However, more exciting meetings and discoveries were on their way!

As the final gathering was over, two of the most active participants, Tanya from Smila and Yaroslav from Lyubotyn, were awarded with an opportunity attend another summer camp organized by our partners from the social project “Ticket to Success”. Thanks to your constant support we were able to cover most of the expenses, so that Tanya and Yaroslav could further improve their social skills and find even more friends!

The integrational camp called “Big Game for TEENS” took place between July 26 and August 8, 2015. As the name implies, it was organized as one big quest game. During 10 days children went mountain hiking, visited an adventure park, played lots of interactive team games, took part in tourism competitions and a lot more.

A huge emphasis during in the camp was put on team work.“Besides the interesting discussions, a very valuable experience was work in groups with people that I saw for the first time in my life. Finding common grounds with them and figuring an approach towards every and each of them turned out to be pretty simple. This means that the trainings in my, since recently, favourite youth club “How to become successful” were useful!”,- Tanya told us after the camp was over.

Every evening participants presented their group impressions and experiences sitting around the camp fire. It was one of the many ways to enhance their social skills and make new friends.“Meeting new people is always interesting, but meeting with the similarly-minded people is always better and there were a lot of such people at the summer camp. We were united by many different topics. With some of them we have shared the same taste in music and same taste in books with the others. And some people just shared my life views and opinion on society relations in our country”,

Location chosen for the camp was village Dora in the neighbourhood of Yaremche in the Ivano-Frankivsk region. This village lies in a picturesque mountain valley within the Gorgany mountain range in the Carpathians. During the whole 10 days, teenagers lived in camping tents and spent lots of time in the fresh air. There was no constant time schedule and the rules of behavior were established by participants themselves.

 “It was pretty hard to get used to the camp, but I did it pretty quick and was very unhappy to leave. The easy thing was to get to know nearly everyone and even to find real friends or acquianitances. During the camp I learnt to live autonomously, without support of my brother as I am used to live. I was responsible for myself and my own actions. This camp will remain in my memory forever, as one of the most prominent moments of my life”, - Yaroslav summed up.

Currently, we are working on broadening the network of youth clubs, in order to develop leadership potential and improve life skills of the sensitive youth in all regions of Ukraine. Therefore, your further support to this project will be highly appreciated!

Please, note that today is a Bonus Day! This means every contribution will bring children two times closer to the secure future, since GlobalGiving will be matching online donations at 30%. 

Our project team would like to express to you our deepest gratitude for supporting our effort! Together we help young people to build up solid foundation for their future success!

All of the participants became friends in the camp
All of the participants became friends in the camp
Carpathians: exploration of hiking routes
Carpathians: exploration of hiking routes
All events encouraged eagerness and participation
All events encouraged eagerness and participation
The camp site was surrounded by fascinating nature
The camp site was surrounded by fascinating nature
Bonfire site: the perfect evening time together
Bonfire site: the perfect evening time together
Jul 14, 2015

Empowering Young People to be Agents of Change: Youth Clubs Results

The youth clubs on the map of Ukraine
The youth clubs on the map of Ukraine

Dear friends,

In that warm summer day we want to share our great news with you and tell you more about all youth clubs, which were established within the framework of “Youth 4 Youth” project. As you probably remember the overall project objective is to empower disadvantaged youth to serve as the agents of social change for their peers and communities. And after the year of youth clubs functioning there are a real significant changes in every participants’ life. More than 300 young people, 22 youth trainers, 15 cities, 12 regions of Ukraine – these are the results of the project year. Finalizing the year, Partnership for Every Child team met some youth trainers and youth clubs participants on the grant Summer school on  11-13 June 2015. Those were really incredible 3 days together, full of fun, joy, happiness and the best-practices sharing.

At his introductory speech Igor Nosach, Youth4Youth Project Manager, said:” It is a cliché to say that the future belongs to the youth, but few clichés ring as true as this one. Youth development is a key issue and will always remain so. Each youth club has developed its own initiatives when it comes to youth development and there is a lot to learn from each other on this front. We just helped disadvantaged youth to move forward their dreams and give them the knowledge in leadership and social rights. The youth sector would certainly benefit from a more coordinated approach, in particular in area of social changes”.

On the grant Summer school young people shared their experience and successes, spent time together, gained some new skills and, for sure, they also made new friends from different parts of Ukraine. The Summer school program was full of various activities: Quest “How to become successful?”, sport games and competitions on the water, reflections and conversations around the campfire, a wide variety of master classes from the youth trainers, disco and photos-quest for knowledge of the social rights along the central streets of Kyiv. Also youth had interesting informal conversation with guests from the Embassy of Finland, who shared their own experience and career tips & tricks. We hope the photos will help you to experience it more fully.

You will find more information of the youth clubs in the presentation below.

And as the final flourish of our today report we ask you to enjoy a video, made by participants of “Alternative” youth club from Dnipropetrovsk city. It will show you brightly how was it all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY9S58hX8hE  

On behalf of all the young people from Youth 4 Youth Project, we send our warmest thanks for your generosity and continuous support of this project. We really sure that Margaret Mead was totally right by saying: “Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have”. There is a lot of work ahead and a lot of young people, who need well-timed support. Without exaggeration, by preparing disadvantaged youth as the leaders today, we can create a real impact for a better tomorrow.

New and existing youth clubs will re-open on September 2015 and invite more young people to develop thei life skills, to learn and exercise their social rights, to find new friends, to define and decide on their future, and to share experiences with peers. 

To make the next round of achievements possible we would appreciate your further support to this project! And please do remember that on July 15 at Bonus Day your donations become bigger thanks to match from GlobalGiving! 

Here all the Summer school participants together
Here all the Summer school participants together
Quest is starting
Quest is starting
Youth club presentation from Khmelnytskyi
Youth club presentation from Khmelnytskyi
Here all the participants together
Here all the participants together
Summing up the Summer school
Summing up the Summer school

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Jul 6, 2015

New Life, New Child and a story of Young Mother

Lilia and her son
Lilia and her son

There is a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on a face. Sometimes they are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all stories is always the mother's story, because is where the beginning. Today we want to tell you the story of a young mother Lilia. She is only 15 years old. She has never had the family to take over. We find her in the very critical circumstances of her life, when she was 7 months pregnant, but most of all she wanted to change her life and to give her future child better life. "I want to be placed in emergency fostering family as soon as possible when I met them and understood that this is where I will feel save and cared fore. I wante to go there even today" - Lilia told to social workers at the first meeting. For now Lilia is staying in Bazylchuk foster family since March and her new life is already started. The most excited news are that on June 1, in International Children Day, Lilia gave birth to her son! 

Lilia lived with her mother, who was actually 4 times deprived for parental rights before and with mother’s inmate. She was throw upon her own resources, that’s why she used to miss a school, party hard and live in the street. In February, 2015 her mother died and Lilia stayed in flat with mother’s inmate, who is alcohol addicted and offended her. Lilia’s four adult sisters wanted to receive their part of the mother’s flat. She was at loss, lonely and pregnant. By initiative of Kyiv City Service for Children and Partnership for Every Child Lilia was placed to Bazylchuk foster family. Because of foster carers help, attention and open hearts Lilia passed the rehabilitation programme, started to go to school regularly and finished the parenting training programme. "She is very rational, hard-headed and motivated girl", - Natalia Bazylchuk said.

On June 1 Lilia gave birth to a baby boy. How happy she is! Her eyes are bright, she is optimistic and believe in better future for her and her little angel. In Bazylchuk foster carers family the young mother feels safe and protected. She learns what does the real support means and how to build her life. "When I came back from the maternity clinic Natalia and Anatolii gave me a key of their flat. It was so touching and exiciting. I have never had my own key of any place. They really trust me and it makes me feel strong", - said Lilia.

Now we are doing our best to find the new family for Lilia and her son, to protect her housing rights. The story of little boy has already began. And we sure that with your support it will be the happy one. You can donate 28$ and it is really make the difference in not only Lilia’s life but in her son life. That’s impossible to save everyone. But foster carers give a change to change everything in children lives they cares about. Thank you all for your support and please don't let your generosity end. Help us raise awareness by simply spreading the word and sharing this report through your network, tell your friends about the project. Together we can make this world a better place.

The name has been changed to protect a child's confidentiality.

Learning with foster carer Natalia
Learning with foster carer Natalia
Presents for young mother
Presents for young mother
 
   

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