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
Photo 1. Anton learns to count
Photo 1. Anton learns to count

A year has passed since we started to rehabilitate children with impaired hearing. Concurrently we organized two rehabilitation camps, where we helped 49 children hear their first sounds and say their first words. These children were able to join the world of sounds, enjoy music, hear nature and experience the joy of communication.

We would like to share a couple of success stories from our little patients.

Anton underwent a surgery at a critical age of 5. In March of this year he completed a rehabilitation program. Today we see progress in his development: he already knows how to countand composes sentences and attends a regular kindergarten.

Liza is 3, she has gone through a cochlear implant surgery. Since her surgery was timely and followed by a rehabilitation program in our camp, her speech development is at pace with her peers.

Sonya had a surgery when she was 2.5 years old. She has successfully completed two rehabilitation programs at our camp.  She is now 5 and her developmental process is evident. She reads books out loud to her mother, sings songs, and enjoys watching cartoons. Today Sasha is getting ready to go to first grade.

All of these successes became possible thanks our kind and generous donors.

We express our sincere thanks for your kindness and understanding!

Today our Fund is organizing a new rehabilitation camp, which is scheduled to take place in September, 2018. 125 children are awaiting the opportunity to go through rehabilitation at our camp after undergoing the cochlear implant surgery. This year we are organizing a charity concert where children with cochlear implants will perform songs, read poems, and play musical instruments. This concert will be a bright celebration of our joint success!

We will be very grateful for your continued support!

The real names of the children were changed.


Photo 2. Liza builds a tower
Photo 2. Liza builds a tower
Photo 3. Liza says the first words in her life
Photo 3. Liza says the first words in her life
Photo 4. Sonya reads book out loud to her mother
Photo 4. Sonya reads book out loud to her mother

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Rita makes up sentence
Rita makes up sentence

For any parents, the child's first words are priceless, especially if the child has hearing and speech problems.

More than a year ago little Nastya was completely deaf. Today Nastya is able to tell her mom that she loves her and is able to respond to mom’s questions. Nastya is regaining her speech with help from specialists like speech therapist, rhythmologist, and many others.

Last week, on March 12th, Nastya along with 24 other children
who recently underwent cochlear implantation surgery gathered a at health center “Dachny” in Volin region to participate in our second health camp «Verba» organized by our International Charity Fund “Ukraine, I am for you!” with support from center “Suvag”.

In the course of 14 days camp specialists will be working with children in groups and individually. Rehabilitation activities will include massage, art therapy, hippotherapy, music therapy, Montessori therapy and many others.

On March 13th children and their parents attended a seminar “assistance for children with cochlear implants”, during which hearing and speech specialists from the Kiev-based center “Suvag” shared best practices in rehabilitation of children after cochlear implant surgery. The day concluded with prophylactic treatments for children followed by art classes and cartoons.

Exposure to art unites children, promotes communication skills and positivity. Together with their parents children completed their masterpiece, a drawing of a giant clown. Every day our young learners gain knowledge and develop new skills to make them more independent in the future.

We thank YOU, our sponsors, for your generous contributions, and for responding to our fundraising requests.

Our project continues, and 125 more children who are waiting for the opportunity to go through post-surgery rehabilitation program, still need our help.

Our next rehabilitation camp is scheduled to take place in September, 2018. It will be yet another valuable opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children hoping to live happy healthy and independent lives. We will be very grateful for your continued support!

Cyril already knows how to sing
Cyril already knows how to sing
Anna draws a clown
Anna draws a clown
Art therapy classes
Art therapy classes
Ilya makes mom a present
Ilya makes mom a present
Nastya tells a fairy tale
Nastya tells a fairy tale

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Sasha is happy that she hears
Sasha is happy that she hears

It has been three months since we welcomed 24 children with hearing and speech problems, who underwent cochlear implantation surgery, and their parents in the rehabilitation camp “Verba”.

 Thanks to camp’s specialists, children learned new communication skills, while their parents learned how to communicate with and support the little ones through a lengthy rehabilitation process.

 Now that our first rehabilitation camp is over, children continue their learning with their parentsandspecialists, following custom training programs developed during the camp events.

 Today children already tell apart understand the sounds, pronounce their first words and compose first sentences. In a few years they will be able to communicate fluently and go to regular schools.

 We want to express our great thanks to all the donors and volunteers who joined our project! Without you, we could not achieve such results.

 Our project continues, as 150 more children, waiting for the opportunity to go through post-surgery rehabilitation program, need our help.

We are already organizing our next rehabilitation camp, which we plan to hold in March 2018 to make even more children healthy and happy!

We will be very grateful for your continued support!

Happy mother and son after rehabilitation
Happy mother and son after rehabilitation
Egor is reading a book
Egor is reading a book
Solomiya lerns to speak
Solomiya lerns to speak
Nikita likes to talk
Nikita likes to talk

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When a child is diagnosed with a hearing loss, the hearts of his/her parents are filled with pain and hopelessness. So were the hearts of Vlas’ parents after they learned that their baby boy was born deaf. They had to decide between enrolling their son into a boarding school for children with impaired hearing, where sign language would be his only way to communication with the outside world or have him undergo a cochlear implantation surgery followed by series of rehabilitation procedures under the supervision of specialists. They chose the latter option. 

Today Vlas is 19 years old. He has graduated from high school with honors, was admitted to a university and now dreams of becoming an architect. Vlas was a volunteer in our project, where he used his own story to inspire children recovering after surgery.

Impacted by such success stories, our organization, decided to help children with hearing impediments after cochlear implantation by organizing wellness camps. 

In August 2017 in the town of Bucha, near Kiev, we organized such wellness rehabilitation camp, Verba, which attended 24 families with children who recently underwent cochlear implantation surgery.

For over three years, international charity fund, “Ukraine! I am for you!”, helps children impacted by hearing and speech impairments by procuring high-quality diagnostic equipment and organizing rehabilitation wellness camps. While Ukrainian government covers the cost of cochlear implantation surgery, it offers no support towards rehabilitation activities, which are vital to children’s recovery.   

Thanks to our incredible donors, these 24 children now have a chance to live healthy, full, and successful lives. Your support helped us organize our wellness camp and cover all expenses, which amounted to $250.00 per child.

The first day at camp started with a warm welcome at the Kiev Railway Station, where children and their parents met for the first time. Upon their arrival to camp, families were greeted by a government official representing the Office of Protection of Children’s Rights of Ukraine. In the course of following 12 days children and their parents completed individualized and group workshops with specialists including speech therapists, psychologist and phonetic rhythmologist, who taught children to how to recognize speech and how to speak, using different methodologies.

Parents play an important role in their child’s rehabilitation process. At our camp they attended workshops on how to facilitate learning for their children in their every-day lives.

Our rehabilitation camp taught children and their families new skills, gave them hope, and, most importantly, the opportunity to overcome hearing and speech impairments.

Children enjoy after class outdoor activities
Children enjoy after class outdoor activities
Parents attend a lecture with psychologist
Parents attend a lecture with psychologist
Children enjoy after-class outdoor activities
Children enjoy after-class outdoor activities
Children enjoy after class outdoor activities
Children enjoy after class outdoor activities
Happy faces of 24 families
Happy faces of 24 families
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INTERNATIONAL CHARITY FUND UKRAINE! I AM FOR YOU!

Location: Kyiv - Ukraine
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Larysa Kuzmenko
Kiev, Ukraine
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