Dear friends, please meet Maksim, a five-year-old child with disabilities. The boy is raised by his grandmother, as his parents are deprived of parental rights. Svitlana, Maksim’s grandmother, shared that the family struggles to make ends meet in the current situation.
Soaring prices have resulted in the rise of poverty in Ukraine. Families of children with disabilities are significantly impacted; as most of the income is spent on food, there is little to no money left for children’s healthcare. Your donation helped Maksim and six other children with disabilities attend physical therapy courses at a total cost of UAH 146301.5 (USD 5000.92). Undergoing physical therapy is essential for children with disabilities as it helps improve their health and live healthier lives with less pain.
On behalf of the families, we want to thank you for supporting Ukrainian children with disabilities during the worst of times! Thank you for standing with Ukraine and choosing BKC to help!
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.
Thank you for helping Ukrainian disabled children!
By Natalie Blinder | Founder
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.
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