Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten

by Charitable Organization Bright Kids Charity
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten
Ukraine Tensions: No Child Forgotten

Dear friends, we are happy to provide an update on how your donation has helped Ukrainian children with disabilities. 

The war has pushed millions of people into extreme poverty, and children with disabilities are among those impacted the most. For families raising children with disabilities, the plunge below the poverty line means they cannot afford the physical treatment required regularly for their children. 

This project has given Ukrainian children with disabilities the chance to get healthier, stronger, and live with less pain. We are happy to report that this time, we helped six children with disabilities - Marko, Rostik, Bogdan, Nelia, Milana, and Dmytro - attend physical rehabilitation treatments. The total worth of the treatments is UAH 104235 (USD 3563). 

All the children we support have been through a lot. Marco had lost his father due to the war; some children were forced to leave their homes in conflict zones to seek safety in other parts of Ukraine. Their lives were by no means easy even before the war, but now the families have been struggling to have their basic needs met since the war started. Without your help, the families would have had to delay treatments for their children, which would have worsened their health conditions. 

On behalf of the families and children we help, we want to thank you for all the kindness and support you have shown our children during this challenging time. 

Warm wishes, 

Natalie Blinder 

Founder of Bright Kids Charity 

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Dear friends! 

We have an update about how your generous donations helped Ukrainian disabled children get remedial therapies essential for the pain-management and improving their health.

The war in Ukraine has significantly impacted children's health and well-being, especially when it comes to children with disabilities; they often face an increased risk of harm during armed conflict and crises.

War and poverty are raging through Ukraine, leaving vulnerable families to their own devices. While Ukraine is at war, the state has prioritised the needs of its military, and other areas are heavily underfunded. Mothers of children with disabilities have reported that their government support payments have been delayed, so vulnerable families have no option other than turning to charities for help. 

This time, we made payments of UAH 228870 (total USD 7824) towards physical treatments for nine children with disabilities - Timur, Vadim, Veronika, Timur, Veronika, Mark, Dmitrii, Makar and Diana - some of them were forcibly displaced because of the conflict, some children are raised by single moms. 

Here we wanted to share with you some of the stories of our children, they have been through a lot, and this war made it much harder for these families to survive. 

The family of five-year-old Makar has suffered a lot. Recently, Makar lost his father, who died as a hero defending our country. Makar and his mom Anna had been forced to leave home due to active fighting in their native Kharkiv region. Anna is an example of courage; despite everything, she fights for her son's health and finds the strength to help others!

Mark is a five-year-old boy with cerebral palsy. In 2014, Mark, his sister and his mom, Halina, fled the war in the East of Ukraine, leaving everything behind. Now, the war found them again. We are confident that dark times don't last, and we are happy to help Mark attend his physical therapy course. 

One of the children is nine-year-old Timur, a boy from Mariupol. Timur's mom Natalia reported that they managed to flee Mariupol, a city that is practically destroyed now, and they are now in Lviv. She said, 'we have been running away from war since 2014, and now we have lost everything but our lives.' Despite everything, mom Natalia is fighting for her son's health.

There is no chance these families would be able to afford to pay for the treatment under the current circumstances. We are very grateful to you for enabling us to help disabled children to receive their much-needed treatments - these children should not become the forgotten victims of this war. 

Please help us keep conversations about Ukraine and Ukrainian children in need circulating. If someone asks you, 'but, what can I do?', direct them to Bright Kids Charity, an approachable and transparent grassroots charity that provides practical help. We are always happy to answer any questions, and we welcome new donors, be they individuals or businesses alike. 

Thank you for standing with Ukraine.

Warm regards, 

Natalie Blinder 

Founder of Bright Kids Charity 

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This report is the most unusual we have written in Bright Kids Charity history. 

In January, we made a payment of 8,400 Hryvnia's (US$286) towards a physical rehabilitation course for Sasha. Then, on the 24th of February, Russia invaded Ukraine, and everything changed to 'before' the invasion and 'since' the invasion. Time was instantly divided.

The war has provoked unprecedented changes in the way we live. The safety and survival of Ukrainians is a priority. While almost 3.9 million people, including children with disabilities, have been able to seek protection in other European countries, millions of people have stayed in Ukraine. 

The children we support are staying behind. This project that helps children with disabilities access necessary treatments have gained new importance since the war started. This project aims to help children with disabilities that are staying in Ukraine access essential medical treatments. 

Our next report will focus on projects achieved under new circumstances; 'since' the invasion. We will be reporting on children who have had medical treatments since the war started. There is so much need for that! The children that have gotten through this war deserve access to the treatment they require. 

We want to thank everyone for standing with Ukraine and its most vulnerable children! 

 

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Dear Friends!

We would like to highlight the importance of your support with the successes of our
GlobalGiving project, ‘Help Ukrainian children with disabilities’.

Being the poorest country in Europe as of 2020, Ukraine, sadly, does not allocate sufficient
resources to help people in need. It leaves many families of children with disabilities, most of
whom are single mothers, in dire need.

Parents of disabled children are known to face many challenges on a day-to-day basis.
However, the main challenge is to find help for their child’s treatment especially now, living
through the pandemic, when many people have lost their livelihoods.

Many children with disabilities have received their treatments because of you and your
support. This time, we paid 8, 400 hryvnias (USD 305) for a treatment course for a seven-year-old boy Bogdan K. from Mykolaiv Oblast, who has cerebral palsy.

We are wishing you and your families a belated merry Christmas!
On behalf of our little beneficiaries, we thank you for the best gift to our children - the chance
to get healthier and live a better life!

Warm Regards
Natalie Blinder
Founder of Bright Kids Charity

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Thank you on behalf of our little beneficiaries!
Thank you on behalf of our little beneficiaries!

Dear Friends! 

As we observe the 1st anniversary of the launch of our Helping Ukrainian Children with Disabilities project, we want to share with you a short summation of the impact the project has made with your donations. And it's great news!

Every day the Bright Kids team receives requests for help from parents of children with disabilities, primarily for children living with cerebral palsy. These parents have been knocking on every door in an attempt to find help to ease their children’s suffering. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian government does not provide adequate assistance for these children, and parents are forced to find support elsewhere. 

We're proud to report that so far, with your help, Bright Kids have paid for rehabilitation courses for 16 children (8,400 hryvnias per treatment), totalling 134,400 hryvnias (about US$5,038). This has been made possible because of you!

In July, four children with cerebral palsy received life-changing treatments thanks to your generosity: 

5-y.o. Karina from Kharkiv Oblast’ 

6-y.o. Veronika from Zhytomyr Oblast’ 

6-y.o. Mariia from Kharkiv 

8-y.o. Olga from Kharkiv Oblast’ 

This is what some of the parents had to say about your generosity: 

Karina's mother, Vera B., wrote: 

‘Many thanks to Bright Kids Charity for the help you are providing to my child, who needs constant physical rehabilitation and healthcare. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for understanding our situation and extending a helping hand to us. You are doing such important and noble work, helping people who need it very much.’

Sasha L.'s mother, Natalia, wrote: 

‘Many thanks to the Bright Kids Charity team for their support and assistance in the rehabilitation treatment for my son Sasha at the Hippo Center. With your help, we can move forward, and Sasha has a chance for a healthy childhood. All the best to you, all the best!’

Ihor Kh.'s mother, Irina, wrote: 

‘We thank the Bright Kids team for your support and help for our little son to undergo a rehabilitation course! From the bottom of my heart!!! Ihor went home with good results and new skills! There are many new sounds and ways to communicate he's learned! Your concern is precious to us. Without you, we would not have coped!’

Alexandra S.' mother, Svetlana, wrote: 

‘Hello! My name is Svetlana, and I am the mother of Alexandra S., born in 2012, a child with disabilities (cerebral palsy, symptomatic epilepsy).

I am very glad to have found out about your wonderful organization and turned to you for help.

I want to express my gratitude to you for your responsiveness and constant participation in the fate of my daughter, Sasha. Your support in paying for rehabilitation courses and purchasing diapers for her has become essential for our family.

With all our hearts, we wish you all the best. Health and prosperity in such a noble good work that you are doing! Low bow to you!’ 

There are close to tens of thousands of children living with disabilities in Ukraine. They require additional government support services, which, sadly, have not been provided. Many families of children with disabilities cannot afford the costly treatments that are regularly required. That is why Bright Kids is committed to continuing this project to help children with disabilities live in better health with less pain. 

We can't do it without your help, so we ask you to please consider supporting this project again! Even a small donation goes a long way and makes a massive difference in a child’s life! From diapers to massage therapies, your donations help ease the physical suffering of a child living with a disability. 

On behalf of the many children who have benefited from this project and their families, we wish to thank you for your generous support!

Every life matters. Your help counts.

Warm regards,

Natalie Blinder

Founder of Bright Kids Charity

Beneficiary Olga
Beneficiary Olga
Beneficiary Karina
Beneficiary Karina
Beneficiary Mariia
Beneficiary Mariia
Beneficiary Veronika
Beneficiary Veronika

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Charitable Organization Bright Kids Charity

Location: Kyiv, Ukraine - Ukraine
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Natalie Blinder
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