Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine

by Odessa Charity Foundation Way Home
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Early Learning for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine
Little sunshine
Little sunshine

Children are most vulnerable to the horrors and consequences of war. And we are well known of that. To date, 525 children in Ukraine have been affected by Russia's large-scale invasion of Ukraine (killed, wounded or even raped).

From the very beginning of hostilities, we have been trying to minimize the negative impact of the war situation on children. The Foundation's children's centers continue to work in the new environment.

Way Home Foundation meet in Odessa and helps hundreds of refugees from all over the country. We have provided day care and development classes in our centers for children from refugee families.

During classes, teachers use approaches that help children understand and accept a new situation for them, calm down after trauma and stress due to family moving. We have created such conditions in our shelters that are as close as possible to home.

Children learn pottery, modeling, English, drawing, cooking, various hand-maid practices. And in this video you can see how our students drew Ukraine. The children believe in the victory of Ukraine and that they will definitely return home!

We provide families with children not only with housing, but also with complete nutrition, all necessary medicines. They have the opportunity to receive the services of a psychologist, lawyer and family doctor.

Pottery studio
Pottery studio
English classes
English classes
Boy`s painting
Boy`s painting
Art studio
Art studio
In shelter with reporter
In shelter with reporter
With Ukraine in hearts
With Ukraine in hearts
At the kindergarden
At the kindergarden
Making pizza
Making pizza
Hand made Jewelry
Hand made Jewelry

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In this pre-holiday season, people are filled with bright vibes of goodness and hope. And our children also want to share their joyful mood with you!

From the latest updates: in October, a certified trainer from US came to the Way Home Foundation. She intensively taught tutors for two weeks how best to introduce the principles of the Montessori system into their work with children. We are very pleased that our employees have improved their competence and efficiency. We have also updated some of the furniture in our Children's Centers.

Let us recall you that the Centers are attended by children from families in difficult life circumstances. In such families, the conditions for the growth of the child and the behavior of the parents often need improvement. We began to involve parents of children who visit the Centers more intensively. We regularly hold thematic meetings of parents, at which we discuss together exciting issues, at which we explain to them how to adhere to the principles of positive and harmonious parenting and development of children. Also, parents participate in joint games and classes with children. Our children are very talented! Just look at the cats they drew!

Of course, our children love the holidays! As you can see in the photo, the Early Development Centers is already actively preparing for Christmas and New Year: they have decorated the Christmas tree, rooms, make crafts, rehearse dances and poems, and wrote letters to Santa.

We always congratulate all our little pupils on Christmas holidays. And you, too, can join and donate for gifts for kids today on the project's page on GlobalGiving.

The children and we wish you a great holiday! May the next year be filled with prosperity, goodness, health and love for you!

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New furniture - before and after
New furniture - before and after

We are happy to have a few reasons to share with you our achievements during this period. Your support has helped us achieve them.

First, in the spring we updated the furniture at the Smile Center for Development. Now we have new excellent white shelves instead of the old desks, just like from IKEA, made to order and according to Montessori standards. Children really like it because it is convenient for them to put toys there. By the way, thanks to your support, we bought new Montessori toys for children.

To make more people know about our work, to make more parents know how to better grow and develop children, we released a series of videos on Instagram and Facebook with life hacks about games and activities with young children, advice from a speech therapist and child psychologist.

In the summer, municipal kindergartens go on vacation, but our early development centers "Smile", "Happy Palms" and "Dawn" continue to work. Therefore, the number of children in the groups increased to 50%. They often walk outside, in playgrounds, parks and frolic in the yard. Three young volunteers from Germany help us to work with children.

Fortunately, the incidence of COVID-19 in Odessa has dropped significantly and now the city is stable in the "green zone". We hope that the situation with COVID-19 will not worsen significantly by the fall, and our preschoolers will continue to visit the early development centers and play with friends and tutors, which they love so much. This is extremely important, as these are children from socially vulnerable families who need special support.

Now children aged 6 and 7 from the centers are preparing to enter the first grade of school. Your donations will help us buy school uniforms, backpacks and stationery for them.

Here we are!
Here we are!
On the playground
On the playground
New games!
New games!
Our volunteer
Our volunteer
Pottery studio
Pottery studio

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Hello!
Hello!

Children who visit Early Learning Centers and their caregivers send you their sincere greetings.

Centers "Smile", "Sprout" and "Happy Palms" in Odessa city, Ukraine recently resumed work after quarantine. The children were very happy to return to their favorite friends and games.

All preventive measures are carried out in the centers to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Parents say that free and high-quality day care for their preschoolers is extremely important for their families in this difficult period for all. At home, children enthusiastically talk about what they did and what new skills they learned in their group.

And the teacher of our Montessori center "Smile" Dmitry became the hero of the photo exhibition "Non-male profession?", which was dedicated to men who work in traditionally women`s jobs.

Cosmonautics Day
Cosmonautics Day
Dmitry became the hero of the photo exhibition
Dmitry became the hero of the photo exhibition
Dmitry became the hero of the photo exhibition
Dmitry became the hero of the photo exhibition
Dmitry became the hero of the photo exhibition
Dmitry became the hero of the photo exhibition

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Pottery master class. How to make a Christmas tree out of clay.

Our kids from the Center for Early Development and Creativity "Smile" every week pottery together with the master Anastasia Tiranova-Romanchuk.

For them, this is art therapy, and the development of fine motor skills and imagination, and a great joy! Thank to your support they have classes in pottery.

See on the video what beautiful Christmas trees they have!

Classes in the pottery studio contribute to the psychological and social adaptation of children. Thanks to working with clay, children's imagination develops, teachers help to unleash their creative potential. Children not only see the result of their work, they can gift the things they have made to their loved ones.

Center SMILE is open to our youngest clients, from 2 to 8 years old. Often a family in difficulties cannot afford to pay for private kindergarten or nanny services. The queue for places in Odessa city public kindergartens does not give a chance either.

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Odessa Charity Foundation Way Home

Location: Odessa - Ukraine
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Project Leader:
Hanna Trepaliuk
Odessa, Ukraine
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