Rehabilitation for 35 Deaf Children from Ukraine

by INTERNATIONAL CHARITY FUND UKRAINE! I AM FOR YOU!
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Rehabilitation for 35 Deaf Children from Ukraine
Rehabilitation for 35 Deaf Children from Ukraine
Rehabilitation for 35 Deaf Children from Ukraine
Rehabilitation for 35 Deaf Children from Ukraine
Rehabilitation for 35 Deaf Children from Ukraine
Rehabilitation for 35 Deaf Children from Ukraine
Rehabilitation for 35 Deaf Children from Ukraine
Rehabilitation for 35 Deaf Children from Ukraine
Rehabilitation for 35 Deaf Children from Ukraine

Giving children the opportunity to hear the world around them.

Every mother remembers her baby’s first words. This moment is filled with excitement and joy.  Hearing impaired children may never experience this moment unless they undergo a timely surgery followed by rehabilitation. There are already 150 children with hearing disability who have been operated, of which 100 have successfully completed rehabilitation at our camp.

Our recent rehabilitation program held in May at a health center “Dachny” allowed 25 more children and their parents to receive valuable experience of learning new life skills necessary to continue rehabilitation at home and, ultimately, social adaptation. Aside from classes and rehabilitation exercises, children spent a lot of time outside, enjoying the nature, playing sports, visiting the local zoo, and making new friends.

Our Fund is actively involved in the initiative to ensure that at all birth centers in Ukraine every newborn child receives a hearing evaluation. We are also working in the direction of state support for the rehabilitation program for children with hearing problems.

We thank our wonderful sponsors who give us the opportunity to make children and their parents happy!        We will be very grateful for your continued support!


The real names of the children were changed.


Best regards,

Project manager Kuzmenko Larysa


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Hear the sounds of spring

On April 14 we have concluded our next rehabilitation program at a camp for children with hearing and speech disabilities. This is the fourth event in a series of rehabilitation programs. 25 more children have successfully completed the program after a cochlear implant surgery. Among the camp participants there were many children from low-income families, each family have a unique life story.  We want to share some of them with you.

6 year old Eva lives in the east of Ukraine, where military operations are taking place. As a result of one of the bombardments, Eva lost her hearing. After a surgery and rehabilitation she has been slowly recovering and now is able to communicate with other children.

4 year old Anton is disabled. He is blind, has difficulty walking and hearing. After attending our camp, Anton can move independently and is now saying his first words. These experiences inspire us to continue our mission of bringing better health, happiness, and well-being to many children.

Our success, of course, would be impossible without the support we receive from our valued sponsors. We appreciate their generosity very much.

Since the beginning of our program, we have helped 100 children go through rehabilitation program at our camp. This year 200 out of 418 children impacted by the hearing loss are scheduled to undergo cochlear implant surgery. This year together we will have 200 more opportunities to make a significant difference in the lives of these children.

The real names of the children were changed.


Best regards,

Project leader

Kuzmenko Larysa

 

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Rehabilitation of children with hearing disability continues

Two years ago, our organization developed a concept to offer children, who have undergone a cochlear implant surgery, the opportunity to complete a rehabilitation program at a camp to accelerate recovery and offer training to children and their parents.

Today 74 children have been rehabilitated at the camp and now have a chance to hear, communicate, and simply live fuller lives. This result inspires us to continue our work and to continue making a difference in children’s lives. Through this experience we witnessed firsthand the positive impact rehabilitation program had on children and their parents. Between the camp sessions we hosted educational webinars and invited specialists to hold web consultations for parents. Children who went through a rehabilitation program are now adjusting well to their social environment and have certain developmental achievements: some communicate fluently with their parents and friends, some are learning to play musical instruments, some are reading poetry and singing. The planning process of each camp session, aside from the administrative tasks, involves development of educational materials necessary for the professional rehabilitation of children as well as development of curriculum for parents designed to help them encourage and support learning at home.

Thanks to our wonderful donors, we have successfully carried out three rehabilitation camps and are organizing our next camp called “Verba-4”, which is scheduled for April, 2019.

We have 42 children who are patiently waiting for their turn to go through rehabilitation.

We want to express our deepest appreciation our donors for your generosity, which allows us to have a positive impact on lives of many children! With your support we help children hear, speak, communicate and eventually be happy!


Best regards,

Larysa Kuzmenko

Project Leader


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Our latest health camp, Verba-3, organized for children experiencing hearing loss has finally come to an end. Held at a health center “Dachny” in Volin Region between Oct 17th and Oct 30th, Verba-3 brought plenty of learning opportunities and joy to 25 young participants and their parents who travelled to camp “Dachny” to undergo rehabilitation. Every child has completed an individualized rehabilitation program.

Aside from doctors teaching individualized curriculum, there were a few unusual doctors: dogs and horses. Communication with animals had a calming and stabilizing effect on children’s emotional state and fine motor skills.

At camp, Dasha became good friends with horse by the name of Mary. Together they went on daily walks. Kostya made similar acquaintance with another friendly dog by the name of Mars. Outside of the classroom, children spent their free time drawing and participating in athletic activities. Volunteers organized a concert for children, inviting singers and clowns who created a truly festive atmosphere for children. Each child received a toy and some sweets as a present.

In 2018, 116 children underwent cochlear implant surgery in Ukraine. While 74 of them have been rehabilitated at our camp, 42 children are still waiting for their chance to attend our next camp to take place in April of 2019.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to you, our generous donors, for your continuous support.

The names of the children have been changed.

Best regards

Larysa Kuzmenko

Project Leader

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The number of children with hearing loss is increasing every year. According to World Health Organization, hearing loss is world’s third most common pathology, and by the year 2020 the number of children with hearing loss will increase by 30%.

In developed countries hearing diagnostics for newborns is a standard practice. Ukraine currently is not following this practice. An early diagnosis could potentially prevent permanent hearing loss. Our Project, aside from organization of rehabilitation camps for children after cochlear implant surgery, aims to implement hearing diagnostics for newborns as a required procedure recognized by the state. Our proposal titled “The Concept of Early Diagnosis of Hearing Problems”, was put forth for consideration by the Ukrainian Ministry of Health.

At present our organization is preparing for our next rehabilitation camp scheduled to take place in September. 25 more children, who have gone through cochlear implant surgery, will have the opportunity to receive help from qualified specialists.

Sasha and Lena completed their rehabilitation in March of this year. Now Sasha already knows the colors of the surrounding objects, which he first learned about during his time at the camp. “Every walk outside is the opportunity for Sasha to practice new words: “green leaf”, “blue sky”, “bright sun”, - says his mother.

Lena’s kindergarten teachers, noticed that she became more talkative and has new friends to play, read poems, and sing songs with. Every success of our little patients makes us want to try harder to help these children live happier and healthier lives.

Thank you, our dear Sponsors, for your continued support!

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INTERNATIONAL CHARITY FUND UKRAINE! I AM FOR YOU!

Location: Kyiv - Ukraine
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Project Leader:
Larysa Kuzmenko
Kiev, Ukraine
$13,000 raised of $17,500 goal
 
142 donations
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