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
Brothers are safe now
Brothers are safe now

Dear friends,

thank you for making home away from home for kids with cancer!

On February 24th, when Russia invaded Ukraine starting this terrible war, the families who stayed at the Dacha house had to decide very quickly what to do to save their children.

We organized for them the evacuation to Ternopil in Western Ukraine and three families left immediately. They were very scared. The journey was very difficult because of bombardment and heavy traffic. It took 15 hours to reach the destination. It was really hard for kids, for example, for Vika who was in grave condition after being on treatment for 3 years but they made it.

It was the right decision to evacuate kids immediately because then they could go abroad for further treatment. Those kids who remained in Kyiv longer had to stay in basements without chemo and other therapies because drugs couldn’t be delivered to them in time.

Now the rented Dacha house is closed in Kyiv. The new house Dacha we have been building for three years and preparing for inauguration in June is also closed for now. The father of one of the girls we evacuated to Italy for treatment stays in the house as a volunteer guardian to make sure everything is alright there (as much as it can be alright during the war). We hope that we will be able to open this house to help kids in the future.  

Now your contributions make it possible to provide temporary accommodation for kids with cancer and their families on the way to safety from all over Ukraine. Thank you so much for being there for us in the most difficult time of the modern Ukrainian history! 

Kids playing when they are safe
Kids playing when they are safe
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Ira with her mom at the Dacha
Ira with her mom at the Dacha

Dear friends,

thank you for making a home away from home for kids with cancer!

Dacha house is a place where kids forget about hospitals and therapies. Here, they are free to indulge in what they like to do. Like Ira, Dacha's make-up artist.

15-year-old Ira comes from a family of refugees. She had to leave everything behind with her mom to escape the war. When their life got back to normal somehow, Ira fell ill. She felt that something was wrong with her cheek in 2020. It was the pandemic's beginning, and then it was next to impossible to go to the doctor. They sent the picture of the swelling in messenger, but in such a way, the doctor couldn't make an accurate diagnosis. Ira managed to get to the hospital only when she felt sharp pain. After surgery and biopsy, it turned out that it was cancer.

Ira was on treatment in Kyiv for almost a year. When she was not receiving therapy, she came to the Dacha with her mom. There, she could enjoy her favorite pastime: make-up. She learned new techniques from internet tutorials and posted her own ideas on her Instagram page.  She got a new make-up kit as a birthday present, and she experimented with it to share with her followers.

As you can see in the pictures, Ira is skillful. She is always ready to share her skills with others. She organized make-up masterclasses for Dacha moms and girls and taught them her secrets. Even in their hardest life period, they want to be beautiful, and Ira helps them with it.

Thank you for making Dacha possible for Ira and 70 other kids who need a place to be themselves in a difficult time in their lives.

Ira at work
Ira at work
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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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Charitable Foundation Zaporuka

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