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Supporting the Victims of Protests in Ukraine

by Partnership for Every Child
Supporting the Victims of Protests in Ukraine
Supporting the Victims of Protests in Ukraine
Supporting the Victims of Protests in Ukraine
Supporting the Victims of Protests in Ukraine
Supporting the Victims of Protests in Ukraine
Supporting the Victims of Protests in Ukraine
Supporting the Victims of Protests in Ukraine
Supporting the Victims of Protests in Ukraine
Supporting the Victims of Protests in Ukraine
Supporting the Victims of Protests in Ukraine
Supporting the Victims of Protests in Ukraine
Supporting the Victims of Protests in Ukraine
Ivanka and her little sister
Ivanka and her little sister

Dear friends,

As the end of the year approaches there are a couple more inspiring stories we have to share with you.

“Good day! I am Ivanka! – says this cheerful girl from the photo. – I study in fourth grade, I like to draw and paint a lot. Here are all my paintings. I also learn English and I like it a lot. I am thankful to you for providing such a great opportunity, an opportunity to learn. I wish all of you peace, and to all people in the world I also wish happiness, peace and all the best!”

As Ivanka shows her works of art, her little sister intervenes. “I want to be showing them to,” – she says attempting to be a part of this video thank you. So far she is not as much of the public speaker, but her energy is pouring out.

The girls lost one of their parents during the Euromaidan revolution in 2014. But thanks to your support they are able to achieve their dreams, which makes them so happy, cheerful and energetic.

Another video letter is coming from Zakhar, a very serious young man with an aspiration to gain expertise in information technology:

“Hi everyone! I am Zakhar. I am 15 years old. I dream about becoming an IT-specialist. Hence, I have to have a very good working knowledge of math and English. I am thankful to Partnership for Every Child and all people who showed their support and joined the program for the opportunity to study these subjects”.

The family of Zakhar has also lost one of their dear ones during the events of early 2014 in Ukraine. But the boy has strong motivation and aspiration and, most importantly, the support to have the kind of future he wishes for himself and his family.

They are so different, but also similar. They both have dreams and a chance to live them. But it is thanks to your kind support that they had an opportunity to take first steps towards achievement of these dreams. Both of these kids lost one of their parents in a horrible event, but the feeling that there are people who selflessly care about them and their families helped children become more confident and fear nothing on their way to success. Thanks to you they have a chance to change not only their own lives, but also the lives of people around and lay a ground for building the country their parents fought for in the Revolution of Dignity.

On behalf of Ivanka, Zakhar and all the other children who got better learning opportunities and received a chance to study for their dreams, let me thank you for providing support to this project!

 

Warm regards,

Kateryna Snisarenko

Communications and Fundraising Officer

Zakhar
Zakhar
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Dear friends,

As you may know, this week the GlobalGiving community and the whole world celebrate the International Youth Day!

Having that in mind, we decided to dedicate present report to young people who were provided better opportunities for education and development and reached their dreams thanks to your generous support. Without further ado we will let one of these young people, Maria, communicate her story to you directly:

“Greetings! My name is Maria, I am 22 years old. Until this year I have been studying archeology in my home city, Lviv. Some years prior to my graduation I had already started to think about my future after the studies. Candidate requirements are very high in this field, whilst qualifications I got at the university are clearly insufficient.

For this reason, I started considering advancing my qualifications by studying abroad. However, it wasn’t long till I realized that it would be impossible for me to cover all the expenses. I was not counting on assistance from my family, which has a medium income and faces financial difficulties, especially since the death of my father. So I dropped the idea.

From time to time over the student years I was considering searching for a job outside of the archeological field. However, after I volunteered to work for a couple of archeological expeditions that were discovering burials of the totalitarian regime victims I realized that I would not be able to do anything else. This was a colossal experience, both professionally and emotionally. It was hard to work at the burials because during the exhumantion one does not simply find remains, but one also finds real people. People that had their close ones, that dreamt about something and probably hoped to get home. People who had very different stories, but faced the same awful end. On the other hand, while working at such objects one realizes how important it is to uncover the truth about crimes against humanity, to add a small part of evidence to the complete pricture of what a totalitarian regime really is, to add to society’s understanding of how important the memory of the past is. I wanted to continue working on this case, but I need to go further with my professional qualificaitons.

As I was looking for opportunities to study abbroad I found out that study in Germany is practically free for foreigners. But I needed to start speaking German fluently very quickly to have the eligibility. At school I only learnt English, German was completely strange to me. Last year, thanks to your financial support, I started to learn German at a language school “Runa” and, taking my progress into account, I only need one more year to reach the level of proficiency I need to enter a German higher educational institution. Withouth your suppport, a language course of such quality and intensity would be unaffordable for me and the process of my study would move along much much slower.

I am very thankful to all the donors for your continuous support of mysself and dozens of other pupils and students. I find this aid much more valuable than simple direct financial help. Helping pay for education you help me get a ticket to the future I want to have”.

In Ukraine, as well as everywhere in the world young people, such as Maria, faces a number of issues and difficulties of life choice while continuing to be one of the key moving forces of any society. Hence, it is our responsibility to make sure that young people are supported in their endeavor to become self-sufficient, financially independent and successful. Such young people will become mature, active citizens who are well-prepared to drive their communities to a better future. 

The project “Support the Victims of Protests in Ukraine” is over, but we continue to support young people who have grown up without parents, including young people who lost their families and/or were displaced during the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, by providing them with training and opportunities for personal and professional development.

Please, do consider supporting our effort by contributing to our project “Youth 4 Youth: Promoting Rights, Transforming Lives” within the International Youth Week Campaign on GlobalGiving.org, which starts today and will last until August 12! During these five days all of the new recurring donations will be doubled by GlobalGiving either immediately or after three months (in case they are kept active).

Read our Youth 4 Youth latest reports or join our Facebook group to find out more! Throughout the week we will be sharing information about the models of youth work we develop and apply, in order to help youth become successful.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Warm regards,

Kateryna Snisarenko

Project Communications Officer 

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Maksym with his mom and his father Vyacheslav
Maksym with his mom and his father Vyacheslav

Dear friends,

The end of a school year is the perfect time to look back at one’s study achievements and set goals for the future.

Hence, we are ready to tell you more stories about educational improvements that were made possible with your generous support. And as we all know, improvements of knowledge and skills equal improvements of the quality of life.

As we have told you in our previous report, the funds that you helped raise after the tragic events during Euromaidan revolution are still lasting and are being used to support children who lost one of their parents to the mentioned events. Namely, kids are provided with extracurricular classes of their own choice, in order to ensure that the children of Ukrainian heroes grow up into confident and independent adults who are successful and passionate about what they do.

One of such children is Maksym who really wants to become a dancer. Unfortunately, after his father’s death, the boy’s family was unable to pay for the dance classes. But with your help Maksym got a chance to follow his ambition of becoming a professional dancer. Now dancing is both his dream and a relief after the tragic loss.

Maksym really wanted to send you a thank you message. In this short video filmed by Maksym’s dance teacher you can see a shy smiling boy talking about his dancing passion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St-UP7n6Lys

 “Good day, - he says. – My name is Maksym, I study at the second grade in Kyiv academy of dance. I really like to attend dance classes and want to thank to all the sponsors”.

 Maksym also wanted to show you a little bit of his skills, so be sure to take a look at this video as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ-Ci6nTMPE

 Thanks to your donations Partnership for Every Child has been able to help children like Maksym and Violetta (whose story we have told you in our previous report) over nearly two years now.

In the framework of other projects we also provide assistance to children temporary deprived of parental care and vulnerable young people in Ukraine. Please, do consider supporting these causes as well to multiply the number of happy stories we can all share.

Today is the best opportunity! Because today is a GG Rewards Bonus Day, so all of the donations made to Partnership 4 Every Child will be matched by 50 %! This is our chance to double our effort and we would like to ask all of our supporters to consider giving on that day!

Thank you in advance for your help and many thanks for all of what you have already helped achieve!

warm regards,

Kateryna Snisarenko

Project Communications Officer

and the whole team of Partnership for Every Child

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Violetta is writing a letter to the GG community
Violetta is writing a letter to the GG community

“Hello! I am Chaplinska Violetta. I thank you for your help. I can read and write in English. I like playing English games and singing songs. With best wishes, Violetta”.

While reading this letter and looking at this photograph it becomes easy to picture a little cheerful girl that likes learning, playing and dreaming.

However, things were very different 3 years ago. As you know, over the end of January and throughout February 2014 over 100 persons (including Violetta’s father) were killed during the massive protests that took place in Kyiv and all over the territory of Ukraine. Today, the 20th of February, is the Heavenly Hundred Memorial Day in Ukraine, the day when we tribute honor to Violetta’s and other children’s parents. And this is the perfect opportunity to tell you what you have helped achieve.

Immediately after the tragic events the initiative “Maidan Family” was started. It was administered by Pryirpinnia Community Charity Fund and collected UAH 50 millions in donations, which were used to support families of those who lost their dear ones or were injured during the protests. The costs donated by the GlobalGiving community helped us support families of the Heavenly Hundred by helping their children get high quality education, which they themselves would not be able to pay for.

Thanks to your compassion and generous support, Violetta has not only received additional English classes that will allow her pursue bigger, more ambitious dreams in the future, but she is also taught with an individual approach (which is impossible in public schools) that can ensure that she will master English in depths. At the moment she is in her second year of learning and she is already making progress being able to write a whole letter to thank you for helping her without any supervision. 

And there are more success stories that are waiting to be told. Over the next few weeks, we will tell you a couple of them to show the impact you helped creating.

And right now we want to share some general numbers and facts:

(1)  As of this moment, starting from December 2014, we provided private lessons and tutorship to 18 children whose fathers died during the tragic events that occurred earlier that year.

(2)  2 children received study assistance for 2,5 school years (18-19 months of tutorial),

1 child – for 2 school years (15 months),

3 children – for 1,5 school years (11-12 months),

7 children – for 1 school year (7-8 months),

5 children received a total of 1 to 7 months of study assistance (over the course of 1-2 years).

(3)  The subjects that children received assistance with were mostly foreign languages (English, German, French) and math. However, some children were tutored in chemistry, Ukrainian language, literature and history and some received private choreography, arts and crafts lessons. Most children were taught one subject, but those who needed more received complex tutorials consisting of 2, 3 or even 4 subjects.

Having all of this in mind we would like to thank you for providing support to this cause and thus build a better future for Ukraine. Of course, so much more has to be done. In spite revolutionary changes, a lot of the “old” social sphere issues are still in place negatively influencing the lives of Ukrainian children. We will stay committed to solving these issues to help the children have the kind of future that is not limited in opportunities and we kindly ask you to consider giving, in order to help other causes we work on, including Youth 4 Youth and Vital Emergency Fostering projects.

Thank you once again for all the support you provided to this project.

Today our gratefulness is also sent to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of better future for Ukrainian children and our thoughts are with their families.

Warm regards,

Kateryna Snisarenko

Project Communications Officer


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On behalf of the "Maidan Family": we thank you all
On behalf of the "Maidan Family": we thank you all

Dear friends and supporters,

We would like to extend our endless, heartfelt thanks to each one of you who donated to this project. It is thanks to your support, that most of the families have already received 100,000 UAH of financial assistance each. You made possible medical treatment and rehabilitation of the most gravely injured Ukraine's fighters for democracy. Your generosity enabled victims of Maidan to recover and focus positively on the future. From the moment this project has been launched – following the unfortunate tragic events in Ukrainian capital city in the end of February 2014 – up until now, we became a part of the biggest joint initiative of civic organisations and volunteer groups providing support to the victims and families of protest in Ukraine. We are united under the name “Maidan Family”, and you are a part of our family. We cannot be more proud of it!

As of June 2014, we raised over 50 million UAH in donations, including $53,151 with the help of the GlobalGiving, out of which 100 000 will be donated to every and each of 52 children of the fallen heroes and the rest will be equally disributed between the family member of 103 died. Donations were also used for treatment and rehabilitation of those the most severe injured. 

On 16-18 May 2014, over 200 people from more than 70 families of the “Heavenly Hundred” visited Kyiv for the first time.

Apart from financial aid, psychological support has played a crucial role in restoring their sense of security, continuity and care. Children and families have been brought together to a "Family Circle" meeting: re-visiting Maidan, living through unavoidable emotions and closure. Maidan has become a place that saw their fathers, husbands and sons alive for the last time. 

Nothing will return grieving mothers their sons and children their dads. But we made sure they know they are still loved and will continue to be looked after. In a professionally facilitated meeting, families of the fallen heroes shared their loss, pain and tears.

They discussed different aspects of legal assistance with lawyers, insurance companies and banks. Most importantly, they came up with a constructive plan for the future: inquiry to investigate the deaths of their loved ones, the official report and prosecution on the results of an investigation. The families signed a petition during their meeting with the First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema.

At the same time, children visited a mini-camp outside Kyiv where they spent time playing outdoors with psychologists who provided bereavement support and counselling during the meeting. 

Of course, this is only beginning. Currently, we are in the process of proceeding the payments to families and children, assisting family members and activists in establishing their own organisation, partnering for legal assistance needed as well as lobbying for state aid to be proceeded. For families left without the main bread-winners, such assistance will be considerably substantial. 

The best summing up are the words of the Didych family from Ivano-Frankivsk: “You helped us more than we could have ever expected”. We believe that together, we can do much more. We will continue working on that. 

We also invite you to follow all updates on the initiative on Maidan Family Facebook page.

 

With gratitude and best hopes for the future,

Vasylyna Dybaylo
“Maidan Family” Initiative Board Member & Director of Partnership for Every Child

Nothing will return families their loved ones...
Nothing will return families their loved ones...
But we can make sure they know they're still loved
But we can make sure they know they're still loved
And we will continue working on that, together.
And we will continue working on that, together.
A feedback from a mother of Sergiy Shapoval
A feedback from a mother of Sergiy Shapoval

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Location: Kyiv, N/A - Ukraine
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Vasylyna Dybaylo
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Vasylyna Dybaylo
Kyiv, N/A Ukraine

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