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Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine

by Charitable Foundation Zaporuka
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Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Mariyka at the Dacha
Mariyka at the Dacha

Thank you for your donations that make Dacha possible!

In these difficult times marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, Dacha house is open for families whose kids cannot stop treatment. We have introduced all the precautions, we provide families with the necessary protection but we cannot send them home for the quarantine when their kids have to continue chemotherapy or radiotherapy in order to survive. Cancer is a severe disease but it is curable and kids who stayed at the Dacha prove it.

Like Mariyka you see in the picture. The girl was staying at the Dacha for almost a year and finished treatment in 2020. Her mom and dad couldn’t imagine that children could have cancer but they were lucky to get the correct diagnosis quite early which was not always the case in Ukraine. When the family came to Kyiv hospital for the first time, they were at a loss. What does this treatment mean? Where can they stay during treatment in Kyiv?

At the Dacha, Mariyka’s family found their second home. Her mom and dad met here other parents with whom they could share their story, get support and advice. Mariyka made friends here, played with them and their favorite dolls. She had the biggest party here celebrating her 3rd birthday. One fine day Mariyka’s family returned from the hospital with the last medical tests results saying that there was no more cancer!

We wish that all our kids could have such good news. We work for it thanks to your contributions.

P.S. In 2019, we did great things to help kids together. Please, find our reporting for 2019 in attachment. Thank you!


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Maryna is OK now
Maryna is OK now

Dear friends,

thank you for your donations that make Dacha possible!

With your support, 70 kids affected by cancer and their families had a home during treatment in 2019.

One of them is 8-year-old Maryna. The girl came for treatment from other city and remained in Kyiv for a year. When there was a pause between chemo cycles, she always came to the Dacha to be with her mom and dad. When she had to return to the hospital with her mom, her dad remained at the Dacha to cook and then to bring them healthy meals (unlike those distributed at the hospital) and help them in anything they might need. For this family, Dacha became a home away from home.

In 2019 Maryna completed treatment. Follow-up visits and regular checkups confirm that everything is all right. Now the girl goes to school and likes to learn new things, especially in biology classes about snakes she likes so much. In the future she dreams of becoming a snake catcher on National Geographic. Well, you can guess that this girl is really brave. She had never been afraid of fighting the disease and won.

Now, when the toughest times are over and New Year 2020 really brings new life for Maryna, she and her parents don’t forget about Dacha and kids who are still here. During Christmas holidays, they came for a visit with gifts and sweets. That’s because Dacha is a big family! Thank you for being a part of our family too!

Holidays celebration at the Dacha
Holidays celebration at the Dacha
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Ania & Maryna at the Dacha
Ania & Maryna at the Dacha

Dear friends,

this November Dacha will celebrate its 10th anniversary. More than 1000 kids were hosted here over this period. Thank you for your generous contributions that make it possible for families to be together during cancer treatment.

Today I would like to tell you Ania’s story which is a typical Dacha story. Five days before her birthday, the girl was diagnosed with a tumor. Ania’s family lived in Horlivka, occupied territory, and they thought that there was nothing worse than the war but the doctors’ verdict shocked them more than an explosion. Ania’s mom Maryna would never forget her feelings the day when she was looking at her daughter’s back when she was going to the operating room. The following two hours and a half were the longest in Maryna’s life but a day after in the intensive care she whispered to her daughter: "Everything will be fine." And Ania answered: "I know, mom." The family never hid the truth about her diagnosis as the psychologists always recommended, that’s why the girl didn’t worry knowing what to expect. 

When the family came to the hospital in Kyiv, at first they didn’t know about our Dacha center. They imagined it to be like a hospital, instead they saw a big beautiful family house where there were people with whom they could understand each other without words. As Maryna tells: "I will never forget our first day at the Dacha. We gathered with all the families in the kitchen, cooked dinner and ate it together, laughed and told our stories. Like at home. After dinner, we went to our room and I fell asleep with Ania in a bed cuddling. At the hospital it was impossible. For the first time in many months, I felt happy." Ania’s father Serhii was with them too and her older brother could visit them from time to time.

When the good news about Ania’s last exam arrived, everybody celebrated. Because here at the Dacha we cry and we celebrate together. Thank you for being with us!

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Yeva and Makar are happy
Yeva and Makar are happy

Dear Dacha supporters,

thank you for helping kids to heal in the arms of their loved ones at the Dacha!

In six months of 2019 our Dacha has become the home for 38 families. More than half of these kids lived together with their mom and dad. One-third of the children received visitors: their grandparents, brothers and sisters. Here kids feel that they are not alone fighting for their life.

We have good news from Yeva and Makar you’ve got acquainted with in the previous reports: both of them completed treatment. Makar is at home and he comes to the Dacha from time to time when he has to go to the hospital for a follow-up. Yeva’s situation is more difficult because for her to go home means to go to the occupied territory not controlled by Ukraine where there is no proper healthcare system or any other service. It would be very hard for her family to rent an apartment in Kyiv immediately after treatment but the world is not without good people who understand: a local family who went for treatment abroad for a year offered them their apartment for this time! So, Yeva and her parents will have an opportunity to start a new life in Kyiv.  

You can read about Yeva’s dream to be a princess and Makar’s desired New Year celebration with his family as well as the news from the construction of the new Dacha in the report presentation in attachment.

You can help Dacha kids more by participating in Little by Little campaign. Just make a donation up to $50 starting 09:00:00 ET on Monday, August 12 and it will be matched at 60%.

Thank you for your contributions that make Dacha possible!

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Dacha' life and love
Dacha' life and love

Dear Dacha supporters,

thank you for your contributions that help create this special place for kids with cancer and their families!

Recently, we’ve had a visitor from the UK at the Dacha. Zoe Wittering came to Zaporuka Foundation on assignment with Photographers without Borders, the organization supporting grass root NGOs by providing them with professional photographs and, sometimes, videos that the NGO can then use to publicize their work. As Zoe explains, “I love to take photographs but feel strongly that having photographs and documenting life should not be a privilege of the few. I also feel that, in a world where we are increasingly bombarded with images and reels of social media that don’t reflect the real life of many people, those of us who are lucky enough to be able to tell stories with images and words should also do it for those that can’t”.

Zoe came to Kyiv to capture Dacha life on camera and to tell the stories of families living here. And that’s what she says about this experience: “Staying at the Dacha is like being a guest in someone’s home. A home filled with extended family. The smell of home cooked food, the sound of little feet running, smiles and laughter, cups of tea and always a biscuit or a cake. The families have found themselves together because each of them has a seriously ill child but the overwhelming feeling at the Dacha is one of hope and positivity. As she pushed her daughter on the swings one of the mums told me that a friend had asked her how she could smile when her child was so ill. Her daughter, too young to understand, looked up and smiled. She shouldn’t live without smiles, she said”.

Also, together with Zoe and Dacha families, we visited the construction site of the new Dacha house that would provide accommodation for 15 families. As of now, the masonry works and the roof are completed. Soon windows will be installed too. And then the interior works will be planned. The good news is that the most acclaimed Ukrainian interior designer agreed to make a project for Dacha for free. In the pictures below you can see little Yeva who was the first Dacha kid to visit the new Dacha. For her, it was an exciting journey to see "her future room and playroom". Together we can make this dream come true!

Yeva at the new Dacha
Yeva at the new Dacha
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Charitable Foundation Zaporuka

Location: Kyiv - Ukraine
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Project Leader:
Iana Dashkovska
Kyiv, Ukraine
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