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
Zhenia with Dima in their Dacha times
Zhenia with Dima in their Dacha times

Dear friends,

thank you for making the second home for kids and their parents during cancer treatment in Ukraine.

Dacha has been active since 2009. In these 12 years, the house hosted more than 1230 children, their moms and dads.

One of them was young mother Zhenia, whose little son Dima was ill with cancer.

When a child, Zhenia lost her leg in a car accident. The prosthesis did not prevent her from being the most energetic and the most cheerful parent at the Dacha house. During the day, she managed to wash all the surfaces in their room so that germs do not interfere with her kid’s recovery, read for her son, bake something delicious, and relieve stress playing the guitar in the evening for all Dacha families. Always with a smile and love for life.

After Dima got well and went into remission, Zhenia found her calling in sports and began training to become a wheelchair fencer. With her perseverance, she made Ukraine’s Paralympic Team. Now, 10 years later, we got the news from Tokyo that Zhenia won the bronze, the first Paralympic medal for Ukraine! Then there was more: the silver medal in the team event, contributing  to Ukraine’s team success the New York Times wrote about.

Zhenia remembers Dacha house with warmth and gratitude, saying that it was big support when she needed it most.

Thank you for making Dacha possible for people who need it in a difficult time in their lives.

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Dacha kids celebrating
Dacha kids celebrating

Dear friends,

thank you for making the second home for kids during their cancer treatment in Ukraine.

Dacha is a home away from home for kids and their families. They live their lives here and grow through important milestones.

Like for little Vika, who has celebrated her 10th birthday here. The party organized for her was a big secret. The girl was pleasantly shocked when she came to the living room and saw mom, dad, and Dacha friends inviting her to a brilliantly decorated photo area made to memorize this day in pictures. Then there was a show for her from volunteers, beautiful and tasty cakes, many gifts. Lots of positive emotions will help Vika and her friends go through hard days in the hospital that will follow.

New Dacha we are building now will be a second home and a special place for even more kids and families. Despite the difficulties we had in the previous months, arson on the construction site, the works are going as planned. Now we focus on the internal works such as painting and tiling the walls. The rooms in which kids will live with their parents are already in color, as you can see in the picture below.

Thank you! You make Dacha and New Dacha possible!

New Dacha in color
New Dacha in color
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Milana with her parents at the Dacha
Milana with her parents at the Dacha

Dear friends,

thank you for your generous donations that make Dacha possible! With your support, 69 kids and their families found their second home at the Dacha in 2020.

One of these kids is Milana, the girl you see in the picture. A tumor affected her leg in autumn of 2019 and she was on treatment for the whole year of 2020. She underwent lots of chemo cycles and surgery aimed at removing the affected bone and substituting it with a donor’s one. She was on treatment during the lockdown in complete isolation, without family and friends. That’s why when she was allowed to come to the Dacha house it was like a breath of fresh air.

Milana is one of those vivacious kids who never miss any fun. If there is nothing interesting at the Dacha, she invents something herself like playing hide-and-seek with other kids or sliding down the stairs like on a sled to get to the playroom as fast as possible. In fact, for her Dacha is like a big playground full of adventures and laughter with friends.

Milana loves to play with Playstation and to learn Photoshop and other software because she wants to become a graphic designer in the future. Sometimes she may seem a tomboy but inside a girlie girl is hiding. When she enters a room, the first thing that catches her eye is a lot of makeup on the dressing table: glitters, highlighter, eyeshadow palette, face powder…  As Milana says: “I can spend hours putting on makeup because there is no better method to lift your spirits!"

No less than makeup and other hobbies, Dacha kitchen helps Milana to feel at home: “What do I like to eat? Fried potatoes. What do I like to cook? Of course, fried potatoes! Although, to be honest, I am not much of a cook, so I ask my mom to cook my favorite dishes. No one can do it better! Once she made French fries at the Dacha. My friends and I like fast food but we are not allowed to eat it. So my mom made fries that I love so much and it was a healthier, homemade version that all kids here at the Dacha enjoyed!”

In February 2021, Milana was ready to go home. However, at the last moment, the doctor saw something suspicious in her lungs. One more biopsy was required but the result made Milan and her family happy. Yes, they can go home! “I will miss you so much! It’s great that we will see each other again in three months when I come back for my first follow-up visit!”

For kids to have their second home during treatment, please, give your gift today. This week GlobalGiving is matching all online donations up to $50 at 50%.

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Yuliana's older brother visited her at the Dacha
Yuliana's older brother visited her at the Dacha

Dear friends,

thank you for your generous donations that make Dacha possible!

During the pandemic, many kids come to the hospital in Kyiv just for diagnosis and prescriptions and then return to their local hospitals for chemotherapy. However, certain therapies are available only in day hospital in Kyiv. Kids who receive them need a place to stay. Like our Dacha house.

Yuliana was diagnosed with cancer just before the pandemic. Mostly, she was on treatment in the city of Chernivtsi, that’s about 500 km from the Ukrainian capital. Dacha became Yuliana’s second home for a month when she came to Kyiv for radiotherapy.

We asked Yuliana a few questions about her Dacha life. That’s what she told us.

- What’s your favorite place at the Dacha?

- Here I can go to the playground, to ride a swing, to climb into a treehouse. My favorite place is a playroom with its many toys and books. I like to paint coloring books and to read Ukrainian folk tales. Also, we have a big TV on which I watch cartoons.

- Does your mom cook something special for you at the Dacha kitchen?

- I like varenyky, liver cake, cutlets, and cheese balls. I also like to bake with my mom. Yesterday we made cupcakes! They are so tasty!

- Do you have friends here?

- I am friends with Yulia. We got acquainted at the hospital. Although Yulia is a bit older than me, we have fun together.

- What do you like about Dacha?

- I like that there are no doctors in white coats here. It is cozy here as if I didn’t leave my home.

Current Dacha is the home for 6 families. New Dacha that is now under construction will host up to 15 families.

Please, support Dacha on #GivingTuesday today, on December 1, so that kids had the second home in 2021. 

New Dacha will be second home for more kids!
New Dacha will be second home for more kids!
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Milana
Milana

Dear friends,

thank you for your generous donations that make Dacha possible!

In this devastating pandemic, the Dacha house remains open to host kids who need treatment in Kyiv to survive cancer. Here, we take all the necessary precautions, so that kids, both newly diagnosed and those who have been on treatment for months and even years, could be safe.

Milana, the little girl you see in the picture, is a newcomer at the Dacha. She started treatment at her local hospital, 250 km from Kyiv. However, her condition is quite complicated, so the family had to go to the capital for a correct diagnosis and prescriptions. Soon she will have her first chemo.

For Milana, it’s significant stress going to the hospital every day for painful procedures. But then she returns to the Dacha where she can be happy and serene. Here, there are new exciting things to explore and new friends to play with. When it’s not too hot, she and other kids go to play in the yard. That’s their second home.

Milana’s family is at the Dacha for little more than a week, although they could have arrived earlier if there were free rooms. They were on a waiting list and got a place after a few days. That’s because the house we rent is not big enough to host all the kids who need it. That’s why we are building the new big Dacha that will be the second home for all the kids on treatment.

In the picture below, you can see the work in progress. With your help, this new Dacha will host kids sooner!

New Dacha
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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