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
Our Vikusia
Our Vikusia

Dear friends,

thank you for supporting Center for Kids Affected by Cancer Dacha in 2017!

It’s time to share with you the results of Zaporuka Foundation activities in the previous year. 71 children lived at the Center Dacha, most of them were with both parents. Besides, 38 family members had an opportunity to live free of charge at the Center when the child was in the hospital. For more information about all our activities, please, see the infographics in attachment.

We are happy because we can share with you not only numbers that is really important but also the stories of kids who stayed at the Center Dacha during treatment and now they are all right and come back for regular follow up visits.

These kids always tell us about their life after the disease like little Viktoria or as we call her Vikusia who came to us and proudly said: “I go to school and I am the best pupil in my class!” Later her mom explained to us that in their small village there were only two pupils of Vikusia’s age. However, the girl is eager to learn and to explore the world.

Viktoria was diagnosed with cancer when she was only two years old and her younger brother was only two months. Her mom had to leave her baby with their grannies and to go to Kyiv to save her daughter’s life. They lived at the Center Dacha between hospitalizations and Vikusia’s dad and little brother often came to visit them here.

This family is very friendly, always with a positive attitude despite all the hardships. They organized parties at the Dacha involving other families, helped a lot to keep the house in order. They motivated others with their enthusiasm. Now Vikusia is all right but her family never forgets to say thank you for giving them home during the most difficult period in their life.

Vikusia and many kids like her have home when they are ill thanks to your contributions. We hope that you will be there for these kids in 2018 too.

P. S. You can support Center Dacha participating in the Little by Little Matching Campaign (April 9-13th)! During this week, GlobalGiving will match donations up to $50 at 50% with $50,000 in matching funds. Also there will be an additional 100% match on recurring donations. Thank you!


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Dear friends,

thank you for supporting our Center for Children Affected by Cancer Dacha in 2017. We hope you will be with our kids in 2018 too!

Dacha is a special place because here children can be happy even when they are ill. Now it is a festive time of the year, that’s why volunteers who come regularly to Dacha kids to play games, to draw pictures and to create hand-made things together do their best, so that Dacha families could enjoy holiday atmosphere. In the pictures you can see the day when there were aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and honey everywhere at the Dacha. That day the volunteers and the kids were baking Christmas gingerbreads. The Christmas tree had been already decorated and the letters to Santa Claus written. They only had to wait for the gifts of their dream.

The best gift for every family and for all of us is when a child completes treatment successfully. Like it happened to Alisa and her father Andriy whose story we told you in one of the previous reports. After 11 months of treatment, 6 preoperative and 12 postoperative chemotherapies, the girl is happy that shew will celebrate 2018 at home. As her daddy Andriy says, long treatment was easier and more comfortable because they found their second home at the Dacha. This home, this Dacha exists thanks to contributions of many people like you. Thank you from Andriy and from all of us!

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Yeva is at home
Yeva is at home

Dear friends,

thank you for supporting our project Center for Children Affected by Cancer Dacha!

Today I would like to share with you the story of little Yeva’s family that is at the Center Dacha now. The girl has brain cancer and has been in treatment for a year and six months. During this long period she can always come to the Dacha between hospitalizations for a surgery or chemotherapy cycles. She can be here with her mom and her dad, all the family together. From time to time her granny comes for a visit. And they never have to worry that there will be no place to stay in Kyiv.

Yeva’s native town in the Luhansk Oblast is now occupied by Russian invaders. The family cannot go home even during longer pauses in treatment because the parents are afraid that passing block posts and war dangers may put their ill daughter’s life at risk. Staying at the Center Dacha is their only opportunity to continue treatment in Kyiv. The family cannot afford to rent an apartment because all the money earned by the father is used to pay medical bills.  

Yeva has very bad eyesight because of the brain tumor. The girl sees only contours and she can see objects only if they are very close to her eyes. It’s hard for her to orient herself but at the Center Dacha she knows all the corners and all the stairs, so she can even run and be sure that here she will not fall down and get injured. She feels safe at the Dacha. She plays here, she goes for a walk and rides a bicycle her. 

Her treatment is not completed yet. Ten more chemotherapy cycles and probably one more surgery is waiting for her. Her parents do their best to provide everything that is necessary. And they are happy that they have Dacha and they don’t have to worry about a place to stay.

Thank you for making it possible!

Yeva with her granny
Yeva with her granny
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Dear friends,

thank you for supporting our project Center for Children Affected by Cancer Dacha!

We can write a lot of stories about our Center. After all, every family that comes to this house brings their experiences, their habits, introduces something new. We cannot say that only good things happen here. Sometimes there are misunderstandings. And it’s quite normal because every person has his/her own habits and preferences that the others may not understand. Also people are anxious because of their children’s disease. What helps to reduce emotional distress and to build good relations is working together. For example, from time to time families organize general cleaning of the house, rooms, the kitchen and the yard. While working people speak with each other, joke and laugh. Then they have a rest together with coffee and sweets. And they forget about past disagreements.

That’s Dacha’s everyday life but sometimes we have really extraordinary stories that may become a movie. One day 17-year-old girl old was hospitalized at the Cancer Institute. She was completely alone in the world. Neither her mother nor her father came to visit her. Later we found out that her parents were alcoholics. The girl often looked with sadness at the families who took care of their ill children.  But the next time we saw her we noticed that the girl looked really happy and even her condition improved. It turned out that a guy came to be with her. He introduced himself as her brother because he was afraid that he would not be allowed to visit her at the hospital. He stayed in the common room at the Dacha during his beloved's treatment.  Every day he took care of the girl, cooked delicious meals for her and brought to the hospital everything she needed. When she received chemotherapy he held her hand and tried to distract her from pain. Between chemo cycles they could stay together at the Dacha. Anybody who saw them was sure that it was a true love. And now this story has a happy end.  The girl completed treatment successfully and a few days ago we found out that they got married!

Dacha is really a magic place that helps families to stay together through hard times and even to create new families too. Thank you for making it possible!

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Dear friends,

first of all, we fulfill our promise and share Zaporuka Foundation annual report with you. Please, see the attachment to find out what we did together in 2016 to help seriously ill kids.

With your support our Dacha’s doors are open in 2017 too.  From January to March 54 families got free accommodation at the Center.

Families who stay at the Dacha become really close. They do household chores and have meals together sitting at a big dining table. They worry about each other and take care of each other. When some family’s child is in an operating room, all people at the Dacha keep their fingers crossed.

At the Dacha, we always have a certain family that unites all the other families like glue. Now this role is played by little Alisa’s dad Andriy. He is a nice man who always has something to do. He takes care not only of his daughter but of all the Dacha people. In the morning he prepares delicious healthy breakfast for Alisa, then makes a fresh lunch for her and… bakes a sweet cake for all Dacha kids and parents! And Dacha moms write all his recipes in their cooking notebooks. In the evening, when the house is already asleep, Andriy goes to clean a common bathroom because he wants it to be safe and comfortable for everyone. And that’s not all! Behind the house there is a small piece of land where usually just the grass grew. Thanks to Andriy useful herbs for cooking are growing there now. Besides, we have a playground with a sandpit in the yard. After winter it was dirty and with peeled off paint, so it was not good for kids to play there. Again Andriy took the lead and with others parents of the Dacha cleaned the yard and painted the playground equipment. Now kids can play safely outdoors.

Every day when we come to the Dacha we see that the house for these families is not just a place where they can spend the night for free but a true home. They do repairs here and try to improve something not only for themselves but also for the families who will come after them. And they are really grateful for everybody whose contributions make their Dacha possible. Thank you!


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Charitable Foundation Zaporuka

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