Ukraine

Why is the support of a child in Ukraine meaningful

A country suffering from corruption and minimal support for charitable organizations

During the last 20 years, the population of Ukraine decreased by almost 10 million

More than five million people are affected by the war

Ukraine is in a complicated social and economic position. People are unemployed and live in threatening poverty. The aid is for families with many children, whose income is dependable on daily sales in local markets or contingent work. So now, in times of conflict, besides providing education, another goal has occurred. This purpose is the removal of fear in children and parents.

What do we support

Education

Food and water

Healthcare

Study materials

Activities and toys

Camps and trips

Whom do we help

Your support is sent directly to needy children of preschool and school age, as well as college students in Ukraine. The children are either sponsored in schools or particular centres and foster homes. Further information can be obtained below. 

Zhyva Perla is a family type foster home (200 to 300 children usually live in state foster homes), and for this reason, they need to be financially independent.

Goal of the foster home

Approach to each child is individual, as everyone comes from a different environment. Some of the boys come to the foster home with speech and behaviour disorder as well as learning disabilities because they did not have appropriate living conditions before. As they grow up, they learn to behave more responsibly and how to take part in daily life. Thanks to your help, Miles Jesu can create a family atmosphere for the boys and make them prepared to lead an independent and fulfilling life.

 
Ruslan Markiv, director
My name is Ruslan Markiv, and for 11 years I have been working as a director of the private foster home in Bortnyky. In the year 2000, I entered a religious community „Miles Jesu“ in Ukraine. I spent the first four years on various missions in Ukraine, Russia, and England. Then, in spring 2004, I began to act as a director for the foster home.

Not only orphans are admitted to the foster home, but also girls, whose parents struggle with alcoholism, drug abuse or different addictions, which make them unable to take care of their children. Children born to families living below the poverty line are likewise admitted to the foster home.

Goals and activities of the foster home

Girls are permitted to stay at home until they reach the age of 18, but they live there until they complete their education. If possible, some parents financially assist their children, so they can buy necessary items (one of the conditions for admission of a child to foster home is regular parental contact with their child). Any financial aid is beneficial and creates a proper home for girls. Our aim is creating a family environment and individual approach towards every child. This is of the utmost importance due to problems experienced in their own families. During the stay at foster home, religious sisters offer the opportunity of education and hold summer camps. They also encourage them to study at higher vocational schools or universities and help them to pay for their study fees.

 
Olga Semeruk, director
My name is Olga Semeruk, and I have dedicated my whole professional life to children. At first, as a teacher of mathematics and since 2004 as a director of the foster home for girls. My job is my motivation and inspiration. There are currently nine girls at the foster home. Future of these girls looks very promising. I believe their lives will happen to be successful despite the unpleasant events in the past. Thanks to donor’s care, we can equip them with school items, clothing and trips, for which we are deeply grateful.

Since the establishment in 1995, the parish in Kharkiv has its development strategy for children which includes construction of children’s community centre. In charge of the church in Kharkiv is father Ján Martinček, a Vincentian from Bratislava.

Goals and activities of the centre

The purpose is to assist children from socially disadvantaged families with their homework, so they will not be afraid to go to school the next morning. Every day a warm lunch for children is provided. Recent years have shown that for several children it is the only hot meal of their day. The parish conducts an educational program for children with autism who are refused by regular schools and leads them to integration.

 
Ján Martinček, pastor
My name is Ján Martinček, and since 2010, I have been a pastor in a young and multicultural parish of St. Vincent de Paul in Kharkiv, Ukraine. I want to thank every donor who supports Children’s Donation Project® wherever in the world. I can see for myself how your donations help in Kharkiv, and I believe that is the case in other countries as well.

They help children and youth from troubled families, indigent children, orphans, families facing adverse social situations and crisis, and also ill people, seniors, disabled and displaced people.

Goals and activities of the centre

The primary objective of the social centre staff is to provide children with a safe environment and work with families. They help young people with education, adaptation and integration into society and children with behavioural and learning disorder. The centre also renders food for people living in poverty or other poor social conditions. Each day, teachers and social workers assist the children with their homework and exams. Children from socially disadvantaged families and families in crisis have found in this centre professional and human background that they lack in their families.

 
Natalia Hrihorčuk, centre coordinator
My name is Natalia Hrihorčuk, and I’m 28 years old. I live in a village near the city of Kolomyia. I have been working at Caritas of Eparchy of Kolomyia–Chernivtsi for more than seven years. I am the manager of the centre for psychological and social comfort for children and youth. I like my job, and I am happy for every tangible result.

The mission of the academy is providing studies and personal development for seminarians who are preparing for the priesthood. Since the social and economic situation of ordinary families and parishes in Ukraine is very difficult, we have also included in our project support for the education of these university students – theologians.

Goals and activities of the seminary

Since there is a separation of church and state in Ukraine, the seminary has to find a way to raise funds for its operation. They also admit students who cannot pay school fees and try to find financial resources and donors who could cover the tuition fees for them. Seminarians engage in various charitable and philanthropic activities. They assist in pastoral care in hospitals, visit patients and abandoned people, as well as seniors. The seminarians conduct catechises for children and teenagers, and also summer camps and competitions. Their aim is the human and spiritual comfort of disabled people as well as helping them to integrate into society.

 
Petro Pavlo Beresh, rector
My name is Petro Pavol Beresh, and I am the rector of Theodore Romža Theological Academy in Uzhgorod. We appreciate the support of Student’s Donation Project® as we are one step closer to fully-fledged education of the seminarians, which is our primary aim.

Parents of seminarians are not able to support their sons due to the high unemployment rate and lack of finances for coverage of their tuition fees. The reason behind tuition fees is the dependency of the seminary on people, because of the separation of church and state in Ukraine.

Goals and activities of the seminary

In their spare time, the seminarians are dedicated to needy and abandoned people. They encourage patients in hospitals and visit lonely and seniors. The seminarians are devoted to children and young people, for whom they prepare various pastoral, educational and entertainment activities. They are a support to destitute people offering them spiritual service as well as tending to their needs. When physical labour is too strenuous for elderly or disabled people, the seminarians do the job instead of them. They also help to integrate disabled people into society.

 
Ivan Sichkaryk, director
I am reverend Ivan Sichkaryk, and I was born in 1976. I am in charge of Josyf Slipyj Seminary in Ternopil. Words cannot express how much has the Student’s Donation Project® helped our seminary. Thanks to donors, young men preparing for the priesthood can fully utilise the possibility of education and fulfil their mission. After completing their studies at the seminary, the priests serve in various parishes in missionary areas of Eastern Ukraine and abroad.

Ternopil Charity was founded in December 1994. Since then, it has been helping children and elderly who are in a difficult life situation.

Goals and activities of the centre

Our goal is to help people who are on the margins of society due to various circumstances. The first project we implemented was the establishment of a social canteen. People in need, children or seniors can visit it daily. Since 2018, we have been part of the Children´s donation project®. Thanks to the project, we can expand our help to children from poverty-stricken and large families, orphans and half-orphans. We provide children with school supplies, medicines, health care and food. We also offer a safe space for tutoring, homework assignments and leisure activities.

 
Anetta Lisa, coordinator
My name is Anetta Lisa, and since 2016 I work at Charity Ternopil. Every day I meet parents who are unable to provide their children with basic needs adequately. I am a mother of two children, and I understand parents who are in difficult life situations. I decided to help such families. My job fills me. I know that thanks to the project, these children have hope for a better life.

The mission of our seminary is to provide study and spiritual formation for seminarians. Most of them come from low-income families, so your contributions are beneficial in studying and preparing for the priestly vocation.

Goals and activities of the centre

The purpose of our formation is for the seminarians to be well prepared for their future mission. This includes personal, Christian, cultural and emotional fields, as well as preparation for community life. The activities of our seminarians involve helping the poor and sick, preparing catechesis for altar servers and youth.

 
Anatolij Tovkan, director
My name is Anatoly Tovkan. I am a member of the Missionary Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and since 2009 I have been the administrator of our seminary in Kyiv. We joined the Children´s donation project® in 2018. We are deeply grateful to all Slovak benefactors for their help. I believe that God will reward you eternal life for all the good deeds.

The Holy Spirit Seminar in Lviv has been educating and preparing young men for spiritual service for 235 years. At present, more than 200 students from different eparchies (dioceses) of Ukraine and from abroad study in our seminary. The Church in Ukraine is abundant in vocations but weak in the finance. Therefore, we must turn to donators to help educate future priests.

Goals and activities of the centre

The education of seminarians and priestly formation is a seven-year process. It includes several specialised courses, permanent spiritual formation and one year of pastoral practice. During formation and study, seminarians acquire not only intellectual knowledge but also the ability to apply them in real life. Seminarians gain practical experience in catechesis, which they implement in schools. They attend youth Christian meetings where they prepare various activities. They develop relationships with foster homes, hospitals, people with special needs, seniors and carry out pastoral activities for all ages.

 
Volodymyr Krushenytskyy
My name is Volodymyr Krushenytskyy. I am a priest and have been working in the Holy Spirit Seminary for 18 years. Previously, I also worked in the organising committee that was preparing for the arrival of the Holy Father, John Paul II, in Ukraine in 2001. I have pastoral experience from working in parishes, where I performed a priestly mission for 12 years. This whole period is a unique experience for me, where I can also perceive the growth and development of clerical professions.

In Ukraine, there is a separation of church and state. Many seminarians come from poverty-stricken families. They do not have the necessary funds to study. The seminar must provide resources for day-to-day running as well as for pastoral activities.

Goals and activities of the centre

The mission of the seminary is to educate seminarians and prepare them for the sacrament of the priesthood. The study lasts seven years. During these years, seminarians attend courses necessary to perform their service. Seminarians are also engaged in pastoral activities during their studies. They organise catechesis for children, help needy families, and also visit ill and disabled people.

 
Petro Dochtycz, prefect
My name is Petro Dochtycz. I am a prefect at the Roman Catholic seminary in Lviv. We are delighted that thanks to the Children´s donation project®, we can help our seminarians with their education. We thank all the donors for supporting them on the way of becoming good priests.

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