Together we did it!
We helped to give little children aged 7 – 12, who are currently in Kharkiv and its region (many of them come from the newly freed territories, where they have been suffering the horrific occupation by the Russian aggressor), a little piece of the childhood which has been so unfairly stolen from them.
Below you can read about the children’s camp which we sponsored with your help, together with the charities NOVA Ukraine and House of Ukraine, that was organised by the Ukrainian charity ‘Kharkiv with You’ with help from the Ukrainian Government, Ukrainian Railways (Ukrzaliznytsia)
and Kharkiv branch of the Ukrainian organisation PLAST (the National Scout Organization of Ukraine)!
Here is the one of the updates from the charity ‘Kharkiv with You’ charity:
“To restore the feeling of peaceful life, children's joy, Christmas wonder - that was the idea of the winter camp organized by "Kharkiv with You" together with the Kharkiv branch of t PLAST in in Transcarpathia.
And here are more than 150 children from the frontier of Kharkiv region, including de-occupied territories and those under evacuation, left for Transcarpathia on January 3rd. Here, for 10 days, they experienced an interesting and intense program, that included psychological support.
The theme of the camp was build by the plastovo method, "St. Workshop St. Nicholas". The children were invited to become his assistants. By age, they were organised into different groups (pídtabori) with fantastic names: čaríniki, elves, domovički and gnomes (personage from fairy-tales). The camp’s programme included creative workshops, excursions, sports games, pool, quests, etc. In interactive classes, children studied the traditions of the calendar holidays of Ukraine.
Psychological sessions were conducted by experienced professionals and occupied a special place in the program. Here children were helped to relieve their fears and stress after everything they have experienced. As noted by the camp teachers, thanks to these sessions, children became more open, started smiling, and began to fall asleep peacefully.
"We really wanted to give the children a feeling of childhood again for some time, so that they can remember something bright and good," says the camp leader, co-founder of the charity "Kharkiv with You" Tamara Zavodnik. “Thank you very much to the volunteers - these are Kharkiv plastuns and students of KNPU by the name of Skovoroda (Kharkiv Natsionalhiy Pedagogichnui Universitet) and KNU by the name of Karazin (Kharkiv Nauchnuy Universitet). Working with so many long-term stressed children, each with character traits that have intensified over the past year was, with no exaggeration, a feat.”
“And, of course, this winter fairy tale would not have happened without the good magicians who gave it to the children of Kharkiv region by financing the camp. Thank you from the bottom of our heartsNova Ukraine , House of Ukraine and Genia Chudinovich !” Elena Rofe-Beketova , the director of the charity ‘Kharkiv wth You’ and Tamara Zavodnik, the camp leader and co-founder of the charity "Kharkiv with You”
"Our winter children's camp in Transcarpathia is over, and the emotions given by it do not subside! A hundred times and more, thank you to our defenders and thank you to all the people of the world who help us preserve the future of our country - our children! Helping to give them self-confidence, cast-iron concrete strength, even on their serious faces” Charity ‘Kharkiv with You’
I am thanking all of you, my public, friends, colleagues, students and supporters of this cause for enabling this magic happen.
Look at the faces of these kids! They bring tears to my eyes.
Together, we can help Ukraine and all the innocent people, who are suffering so much right now.
My work if not done, so if you would like to contribute further, please donate via our charity 'Support Kharkiv Foundation' website. And, if you are the UK taxpayer, please do not forget to tick the Gift Aid box, as the UK government adds 25% on your donations.
With love and gratitude,