We entered the year 2012 with new inspiration, because our project continues and becomes more various and interesting. It started with a happy moment of congratulating children with New Year holidays and presenting gifts for them. And this year we decided to bring some new ideas and new forms of art-therapy for our small friends from children department of National Institute of cancer. Thus one time we brought some nice table games and played them altogether with children and parents. That day we collected so many smiles and laughter from them as probably never before. Another time the head of the department gave us an idea: please come just to communicate with children. That day we spent few hours in the department going ward by ward and talking with children. We started with boy Kostya who got paralyzed because of sarcoma of the left ribs, talking for about an hour with him and his mother. And that day we could see that communication is also an important therapy, as for children, as for their parents.
And these inspiring 3 months period finished with a long-awaited conference-festival on February 25. We decided to date our festival to International day of children with cancer that was on February 15. The conference-festival started with exhibition of children's arts and also pictures exhibition where we presented our art-therapy work. Teachers, students, representatives of governmental and public organizations from the whole Ukraine, as well as representatives from Ministry of education of Ukraine, attended the conference-festival. We decided to use the festival as an opportunity to deliver the message about the meaning of International day of children with cancer and about this issue in Ukraine. And also we used it as a chance to promote volunteering, so the conference included the award ceremony for organizations that held the best service projects during the year 2011. Everyone could also enjoy entertainments, greetings and speeches from invited guests.
The only sad point was that children from the department couldn't come for the festival, because just a day before there was the quarantine announced. So we are waiting for the quarantine to get over for us to visit our small friends again.