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On July 8, the Law “On Amendments to Some Legislative Acts of Ukraine as for Strengthening of Protection of Children’s Right for Adequate Maintenance by Improving the Procedures for Recovery of Alimony” entered into force. This law clearly states that the child is the owner of alimony. Adults manage these funds but only for needs of the child.
It is evident that in recent years indifference to human needs is growing with each year. Public organizations, before helping a person in need, analyze severity of the person’s situation and only after multiple meetings make their decisions. But time goes by and as experience shows, sometimes assistance comes too late. “My Home” Orphans’ Ministry, in addition to the main goal – to see Ukraine without orphans, also has a goal to unite efforts and to provide timely assistance to people who are in a crisis situation.
We are grateful to the public organization “Ukrainian Union of People with Disabilities “Ridna Zemlia” (Homeland) for financial support, thanks to which My Home Orphans’ Ministry contributed to arrangement of a bathroom for Olga Melnyk. Currently, remodeling works are still ongoing.
On March 17 and 18 the team of Kherson mentorship project conducted a training based on Mentors training program for orphans and children deprived of parental Care in the Church of Nativity (Nova Kakhovka, Kherson region). The training was attended by 10 people, whose hearts were set on this type of helping children.
We all love surprises and variety in our lives, that’s why another one and so traditional by now Day of Birthday Child in Tsurupinsk orphanage was celebrated in an unusual way.
On February 19 our team visited the Church of Christ the Savior (Kherson) to encourage and inspire parishioners to new service projects. We presented the project of helping families who are in difficult circumstances, mentorship for children raised in institutions, adaptation center for graduates of orphanages. We also voiced the importance of creating daycare centers and centers of early intervention in Kherson for children at risk because we all strive to improve the social situation in the region and in the country as a whole.
This motto united Kherson region during the regional conference dedicated to the issues of improving the quality of social services to vulnerable population groups, such as disabled children, orphans and families in difficult life circumstances.
On January 27, at the premises of the tourist complex “Fregat” there was the first thematic conference of the regional level. It brought up the question of development of social services in Kherson region. The conference brought together over 300 participants. Without exaggeration, it was a significant event for the entire region. During the conference, they discussed current problems in the social sphere both in Kherson region and in Ukraine.
On December 30 in the auditorium of Orphan’s Ministry “My Home” everyone could feel the atmosphere of goodwill, happiness and celebration. To welcome guests of our winter meeting in the best possible way, everybody was getting ready: team of “My Home”, graduates of orphanages, families and children of families living in the center of social adaptation. And each of them had their own assignment: some greeted guests, some took pictures and some made tea, held contests, sang carols or responsibly set up microphones and turn on the music. The event was also joined by boys and girls who graduated from Tsyurupynsk orphanage. Everyone who was involved in organizing the celebration really wanted large families with low income and families in crisis that were guests of the Ministry to feel the support and care from our side.
A round table was held in the conference room of the Regional Orphan’s Ministry “My Home” which brought together representatives of charitable organizations of Kherson. The reason for this meeting was planning of the regional conference “Healing family – building the future”. This conference will be held by initiative of the Council of Christian Churches of Kherson region, Alliance “Ukraine without orphans” and Orphans’ Ministry “My Home”.
There was a training with this subject for foster parents, it united both new and experienced parents who shared their professional experience. Hot debates, “for” and “against”, theory and practice, inspiring life stories… The day went by in one breath; each participant has deepened their knowledge in this area to make their choice more consciously and deliberately.
International Volunteer Day was founded in 1985 by the UN General Assembly. In Ukraine the volunteer day was officially recognized ten years ago. This is the only day in the year when awards are given not for scientific achievement or demonstrated courage but for caring hearts.
Last week, on November 29, the executive committee held a working meeting between the mayor of Nova Kakhovka Vladimir Kovalenko and advisor to Mayor Yuri Kobtsov with the chairman of Kherson Regional Orphan’s Ministry “My Home” Yuri Marynchak and bishop, pastor of the Church of the Nativity Sergei Voznyuk. The meeting was dedicated to social work with the most vulnerable people, such as orphans, children with disabilities and families who found themselves in difficult circumstances.
It is not the first time that the training hall of “Center for Family and Parenthood” received adoptive parents and caregivers who come from different areas of Kherson region for advanced training. Three days were full and bright. Training participants together with trainers discussed trauma consequences, “brain chemistry” of a traumatized child, attachment, its importance in the life of any child and how it can be developed.
One of important projects of “My Home” Orphans’ Ministry is the Center of social adaptation for orphanage graduates. A whole schedule of socialization events useful and necessary for future life was developed for the graduates. And one of them is training on financial literacy, conducted by Dmitry Ostapenko.