Making Dreams Come True

The children start school in Ukraine in a few days

Many of them will be starting without  the basic equipment  and clothing. The families just don’t  have the money to provide them.
Even just a donation of  5 €  will buy the necessary books and pens that a child needs.
To fully clothe and equip a child costs on average 90 €.
Any amount  you can afford to donate will make the school start of a child’s dreams.
Please leave your E-mail address so we can send you a photo of the child whose dreams you have helped come true.

Ways of giving

All donations are appreciated.

Write down the target of your gift, and preferably your contact data. Make a difference now

Bank account in Ukraine:

Bank account / Iban   26000001101115

Adress beneficiary: Molodizhne 3, Piski
Bic code (Swift)  ICBIUAUKXXX

Name of the bank: PIRAEUS BANK ICB, JSC

ADRESS OF THE BANK : 8 ILLINSKA

04070 KIEV

Name of beneficiary: CHARITY ORG HAVER

POST ADRESS:  174060 UKRAINE

Purpose: Charity


Donate online, with PAYSON

EUR or SEK

Donate


Make your donation with PAYPAL





You can also make your  donation to:

Children’s Embassy/ Barnens Ambassad

Account Nr (IBAN)

SE 69 9500 0099 6026 0415 3987

BIC-Code (SWIFT-address) NDEASESS

Bank, NORDEA Sweden

 

Make a child happy

Katya came to Friend’s House as a young mother, only 16 years. She is now married and mother of two sons. Katya manages the relief work in the villages. Her heart is open to the struggling families with children.

I know many families whose parents can’t even buy the necessary things when school starts. It reminds me of my childhood:

I’m 10, and soon it is the 1st of September – school starts. Nobody knows my misery, as I have no school dress and not even the pens and notebooks necessary. This is my third year in the streets. I remember that the notebooks for school cost a few coins at the time. I collected empty bottles and old newspapers and managed to get the money for the notebooks. They were worth gold for me. I always kept them neat and tidy. They were all I could buy with my money. The schoolmates’ looks and nasty words hurt me when they commented my lacking outfit. 


Instead of the school dress, I wear a yellowish short-sleeved blouse. Instead of a rucksack, I carry a plastic bag. I hear whispers behind me: ”See how the tramp comes to school.” In spite of the continued scoffing, I managed to finish the nine grades of lower school.

There are many similar sad stories, but you can change one child’s story. I know from experience how important help is – when it comes at the right time. Your help is appreciated.

/ Katya

 

 

Your help is needed

The family has no father. Mother had to flee from the war in eastern Ukraine together with her 11-year-old daughter, her 14-year-old cousin and the children’s grandmother.
They have now lived in “temporary” housing for three years. They have one room in a dormitory in Bobrovitcha. Their beds and one small table fill the room. But the common kitchen, wc and shower are along the unheated corridor.

Mother found a job and grandmother is retired, but just heating the room requires 80% of their income. We call it a refugee centre, but it is just an old dormitory with no organized help from the government or the municipality. Families with children, single mothers, invalids and elderly people live there; they all had to leave their homes in eastern Ukraine.

There is no sign of the war ending, but the children can’t wait. Their school starts on September 1st, and they need clothes, shoes, rucksacks, notebooks etc.

What you can do

The school clothing and gear for one child cost about 90 Euro / 110 USD. You can donate the amount that suits you.

Various ways of donating

Enter the target of your gift, and preferably your contact data as well.

To donation page

 

Starting school is no happy day for everyone

 

Tanya is adult now; she is mother of four and works for Children’s Embassy in Kyiv. Her experience of another kind of life in the streets is valuable for us in our relief work. Tanja shares part of her story with us.
Starting school is no happy day for everyone. Let me tell you something about my dismal memories.

I detested the first day at school. I hated it. I was 9 and literally wanted to harm myself so that I could escape school. I thought if father had a very bad hangover, he might forget that I should go to school.

What was it that I hated so much?

Everyone else came to the school beautifully dressed, with their new rucksacks, hand in hand with their parents. The Headmaster congratulated all on the occasion. But it was no happy occasion for me. My tears ran, and I wanted to go away. I covered my eyes and did not want to not join the others who marched into the classrooms. I was ashamed of my old clothes, my worn-out sandals and the rucksack with its broken zip. I heard the others laugh and I saw their meaning looks. I started to skip school and stay in the streets instead. When I turned 10, I simply stopped going to school. I became a street child, and have not even finished the elementary school.
Summer is soon over, and the schools open their doors again. The children who are starting the first class are impatiently waiting for the big day. It is a great event in their life.

Would you like to help a child start their school happily?

That is a real gift that can change a child’s life. My story is a tragic one, as I dropped out of school and started to live in the streets and basements. I can now help others to a better life, and you can join me.
Give a child the chance to start school happily

What you can do
The school clothing and gear for one child cost about 90 Euro / 110 USD. You can donate the amount that suits you.

Various ways of donating
All gifts are welcome.

Enter the target of your gift, and preferably your contact data as well.

Bank account in Ukraine:

Bank account / Iban   26000001101115

Adress beneficiary: Molodizhne 3, Piski
Bic code (Swift)  ICBIUAUKXXX

Name of the bank: PIRAEUS BANK ICB, JSC

ADRESS OF THE BANK : 8 ILLINSKA

04070 KIEV

Name of beneficiary: CHARITY ORG HAVER

POST ADRESS:  174060 UKRAINE

Purpose: Charity


Donate online, with PAYSON

EUR or SEK

Donate


Make your donation with PAYPAL





Or make your donation to:

Children’s Embassy/ Barnens Ambassad

Account Nr (IBAN)

SE 69 9500 0099 6026 0415 3987

BIC-Code (SWIFT-address) NDEASESS

Bank, NORDEA Sweden

 

 

The Flames Took Our Home

In the middle of the night a mother woke up. She sensed the smell of smoke. Panic took hold of her, and she did not know what to do. She woke up her kids and they managed to escape from the burning house out into the night, the -20 °C cold night. They had no time to bring any of their belongings, except the clothes on their bodies. The house burned down completely, only the walls were left standing.

Right now, two of the kids, Diana 11 and Artjom, 8 years old, are in a state-run orphanage. The youngest child, Jaroslav, who is 5 years old is living with their mother at some friends house. Marina, the mother, is heartbroken. She does not know to whom she can turn to for help, to have the kids living with her rather than at the orphanage. The older children call every day and wonder when she will come pick them up. But right now there is no place where they can stay, together, as a family.

The family needs urgent help to repair the house. All the burnt residues have to be transported away, and a new roof has to be built. Only after these initial steps the work to repair and rebuild the house can really start. Marina, the mother, now hopes that there are people who are not indifferent to the situation of the family, but shares and understands her despair. She hopes to soon be able to bring her children back home. Do you want to help? Your help is needed now!

Photos:  Stuart Holden

 

BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T

But What Happens If We Don’t

While the father protects Ukraine, his 7 -year-old son needs heart surgery.

Nazar’s surgery is planned to 20.03. Professor A. Kalangos is going to proceed the surgery free of charge. But there is always the but. The medicines after the surgery will cost about 30.000 UAH. (€1027, USD 1103, £900).

Mother is alone with 4 children. Nazar’s father is in frontline fighting in Donbas. Nazar’s elderly brother is in the army. The family do not have the money to pay the medicines.

 

“I went with Viktor to take some pictures to help raise some money for a young lad who needs a heart operation- it’s a serious operation.

Those of you with families will understand how scary it is when a child has to undergo life saving surgery. There are the obvious risks with no guarantee of success.

Over here there is more to contend with – how do you raise the money. This boys father is in the army fighting in Donbas so I can’t imagine how helpless he feels.”

Stuart Holden, photographer


 

 

Ways of giving

All donations are appreciated.

Write down the target of your gift, and preferably your contact data. Make a difference now

Bank account in Ukraine:

Bank account / Iban   26000001101115

Adress beneficiary: Molodizhne 3, Piski
Bic code (Swift)  ICBIUAUKXXX

Name of the bank: PIRAEUS BANK ICB, JSC

ADRESS OF THE BANK : 8 ILLINSKA

04070 KIEV

Name of beneficiary: CHARITY ORG HAVER

POST ADRESS:  174060 UKRAINE

Purpose: Charity


Donate online, with PAYSON

EUR or SEK

Donate


Make your donation with PAYPAL






You can also make your  donation to:

Children’s Embassy/ Barnens Ambassad

Account Nr (IBAN)

SE 69 9500 0099 6026 0415 3987

BIC-Code (SWIFT-address) NDEASESS

Bank, NORDEA Sweden

 


Please, let us know if you want updates about Nazar. E mail to Mirjam

 

Christmas is not over yet

Father Frost is coming on New Years night and he places the gifts under the Christmas tree. You can still share your holiday joy with Ukrainian children.

In Ukraine the Christmas celebration is on 6-7 January according to the Julian calendar.

You can still donate joy to a child in Ukraine  –