Recent pictures made by Alina, 9.
This summer has brought us another amazing story that we cannot wait to share with you. When Social Services discovered nine year old Alina*, she was living in a tent with her Mum and a dozen of other construction workers in the middle of the building site in one of the recently developed residential areas in Kyiv, Ukraine. The girl knew her own name and the names of her parents, but that was about it. At the age of 9, Alina has never been to school and lived in the constant fear of being discovered by the police and sent to an orphanage.
Thanks to the work of the “Vital Emergency Fostering for Children in Ukraine” project and your kind donations, Alina has been placed into a loving foster care family who started gradual but persistent work with the girl to develop her handwriting and reading skills. By August, Alina was able to read fluently in both Russian and Ukrainian. She could also write short sentences and was keen on drawing beautiful bright pictures, full of flowers, hearts and kittens.
After her placement into short-term foster care in May 2013, Alina has also received professional psychological treatment to help a girl overcome permanent frustration and anxiety and to cope with the nightmares. She has had a full medical examination to retrieve her immunisation history and completed medical tests needed for school that hopefully she will start this September.
Staying in the short-term foster care gives a girl hope to reunite with her Mum who is currently overcoming the problems that have separated them. Natalia, Alina's biological Mum, with support of the project worker, has renewed her passport, Alina’s birth certificate and other paperwork needed for a girl to be able to go to school for the first time in her life. At the moment Natalia is undergoing rehabilitation course from her alcohol dependence. Both Alina and her Mum are looking forward to their big future together. “I miss Mummy and once she finds a new house for us I want to show her my new school and to make her proud”, - says Alina.
Alina is just one of the many children this project is supporting. As little as $28 will cover a salary for a foster carer to look after children like Alina who are in need of urgent protection. By supporting this project, you are not only helping to ensure this caring families work, but also enable parents in difficult life situations who are not able to look after their own kids to rebuild their lives and to begin their stories anew and together. Please spare whatever you can - be it your time, donation, sharing this link on your blogs, social networks, just merely bringing us up in a conversation - everything would count! Spread the word and the fostering WILL work.
Thanks to all who are making happy endings to our stories possible.
*The name has been changed to protect a child’s confidentiality.
Alina's pictures before placement in foster care
After receiving professional help pictures changed