Ten Ukrainian orphan children from state run orphanage boarding school in the Ternopil region had an opportunity to spend the 2017 winter holidays (most importantly Christmas time) in a family environment. This was possible thanks to an Orphans’ Future partnership with the Ternopil area community and the Ternopil City Children's Service.
Children from the Berezhany, Ternopil and Nove Selo institutions received valuable experience living with a family and had fun during the winter holidays. They felt support, love and personal attention from the host families and became friends. The children also learned about the Ukrainian traditions of celebrating Christmas Eve and caroling on Christmas Day. Some of the orphans had a Christmas dinner in family environment for the first time in their life, which was a very important part of the Christmas season for these children.
The selection process of a family for the charity action was strict: each family had to show that their living conditions could meet the child’s needs. A background check was performed to verify there were no substance abuse or legal issues in the families, and they were also required to provide good references from their work and neighborhood.
A Psychologist from the orphanages also worked with each child, explaining them what was happening and providing an option of counseling to the children while they were with the families.
To raise awareness of the event, Orphans’ Future volunteers together with local business developed, printed and distributed promo posters on the streets, bus stops and public transportation areas of Ternopil city.
Orphans Future also partnered with local media to promote the event. We are thankful to our local newspaper and TV channels (TV 4, TTB, and INTB) for their coverage.
We at Orphans Future would like to thank to our friends at the Global Fund for Children, and the “Real Men Real Style” company for motivating our team to do great things for these orphans during the Christmas holiday season.
We would also like to thank the following campaign partners: the Ternopil Regional Department for Children Affairs, the Ternopil City Children's Service, and the Mayor of Ternopil, Serhiy Nadal.