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Dear Friends! We still need your financial support for maintaining educator staff salaries in Chernigov Childs Home

Author: Mariya Semashkina, translated by Daria Sukach, www.deti.zp.ua Published: 2013-01-14 22-00-00 Viewed, times: 3267
  
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Every one of us needs a mothers love. This need does not change with age or the condition of ones health. We need our mom whether were happy or heartbroken.

Unfortunately, despite this need for a mom, not everyone has one. Sometimes a mom exists, but she does not want to act as a mom for her child. Thus, such unwanted children are taken care of in childrens homes or orphanages. Some of those children stay there for several years, while some are lucky enough to quickly find a new loving family. Some children stay within the walls of an orphanage for the rest of their sometimes short lives, passing away there since they are often terminally ill and do not receive proper care. A great number of little orphans in Ukraine are destined to spend their lives in those closed-care institutions.

Usually, abandoned children and grownups eagerly call all their visitors mom and dad. Many little orphans hesitate to call their new male friends dad though, but almost every new woman they see is immediately addressed as mom. Children probably feel their mothers instinct and silently hope for a warm response.

All the children need love and care even if they cannot read, write or speak. They all need their mommy. This need is especially felt in Chernigov Childs Home in Kalinovka. The bitter truth is many little orphans in Kalinovka may never have a real mom. Many of them will make their first steps with the help of their part-time mom. If they are lucky, their part-time mom will listen to their first words. In the evening time their mom, a nanny or an educator, will wish them a good night.

The Happy Child charity foundation has been supporting the work of an additional staff of educators in Chernigov Childs Home since 2008. There are currently seven educators financed by our charity foundation. One of them , Larisa, helps to carry children from different groups outside for a little stroll. When we purchase a years stock of beads for childrens handicrafts, she will start to run art classes for children with mobility problems.


Larisa


Lilia and Larisa

Lilia has been holding beads handicraft classes for several years and now with little dwellers of the first Happy Home adaptation group. Lilia also involves children in drawing, especially Sergey and Artyom. Someone has even presented them with an easel. One could hardly imagine five years ago that these learning-disabled children who didnt even have toys would create their own little masterpieces


Lilia


Lilia

Besides Lilia there are also Valentina and Sophia working in the Happy Home. Valentina has been taking care of children for five years. Before the opening of our Happy Home social adaptation group, she coordinated a group of physically disabled children.


Valentina

From Monday to Friday Valentina teaches children to read, spell and draw. Thanks to her, children write their first words, read ABC books and colour pictures which most feel is his or her duty to label MAMA in capital letters. She is just Valya to them and their devoted part-time mom.


Valentina

There is another mom, Sophia, who makes childrens weekends brighter.


Sophia


Sophia



Nine children from the Happy Home adaptation group usually spend their long evenings in the company of a nanny with whom they watch cartoons, drink tea and fall asleep in a home-like atmosphere.

Together with Larisa, Lilia, Valentina and Sophia, there are three more educators financed by our charity foundation Natasha, Olga and Raisa. Olga works with the smallest and bed-ridden children. There are also 18-year and 20-year old Tania and Sasha among those little children. Olga tells us that she used to cry on her way home when she just started her work at the Childs Home. One can hardly hold their tears back when one sees little orphans from Kalinovka.


Olga

Since I started my work in Kalinovka last February, I have seen people leaving the department for bed-ridden children and adults many times. These people leave in tears, regardless of their age or gender. The reason is that one can hardly experience such a bitter concentration of childrens sufferings at one place and time. We never really think of childrens pain until we see it

Olga takes care of bed-ridden children five days a week and that means many of them have an opportunity to enjoy some fresh air outside during warm seasons.


Olga

I never considered how important it is to enjoy a stroll outside until the day I compared the colour of my skin to that of the children who spend every day of their life in bed. Even without a suntan I looked as brown as a berry in comparison with those little albinos. It is no wonder then that these children are so vulnerable to any kind of infection

I resign myself to the fact that some children are bed-ridden. I clearly see they need proper care and a mothers warmth. We havent succeeded in finding any good doctor yet, so we try to support the children with the help of kind moms. Its already a great achievement when some children learn to walk, hold their bottles and pronounce their first words with the help of Olga.


Olga

Natasha also cares for some of the seriously ill children who are not bed-ridden, but also have some great physical limitations. Thanks to her some children can enjoy being outside for at least a few hours a week.


Natasha

In addition, Natasha helps some of the older orphans, like Larisa and Katya, to draw, and learn poems and songs by heart, as well as embroider with beads.

She also supports some children with their first steps and holding their bottles.


Natasha

Some of the educators and nannies staff treat the orphans like their own children. However, if one happens to visit the Childs Home in the afternoon or during the weekend, one would see more or less independent children sitting in front of a TV set, while the rest of them lie 24 hours a day in their beds. One would feel like doing nothing but bump their heads against the wall and bite their fingernails in despair.

Raisa is our new educator. She has the group of children with the greatest problems. Since May last year shes been caring for eighteen physically and mentally disabled children ages 11-21 who can barely crawl around on the floor.


Raisa


Raisa

Many children of this crawl group are rather aggressive; they often hit each other and break toys. Some children can do puzzles or colour pictures. One must always keep an eye on every child, however! During my stroll with nine children, accompanied by two volunteers from the USA, I could hardly keep my eye on these little balls of fire! It was tricky to catch one of the boys who was running around the tied goat while trying to avoid its horns!

When some of the students therapists visited Raisas group, they looked at me in panic and said their female mates should not come to see these violent children.


Raisa

With every new article I write or visit to Kalinovka I make, nannies invite me to join them. Im glad to help them as much as I can, but I doubt Id be able to work there full-time. Many women work in the Childs Home just because there is no other job available in their remote village. Some of the staff, often emotionally exhausted, confess that they would never advise anyone to have such a job and that they would definitely quit it if they had another option. I feel really sorry for them, but I believe it is everyones choice to work with all your heart and soul or simply because you have to

I really hope that our educators put their heart into whatever they do for children. One can definitely notice the benefit of dedicated efforts in the way the children who cannot often speak react when they see and hold the caring hands of devoted women they refer to as their mommies. I see how bed-ridden children smile in response to an educators gentle touch. And sure, I can always feel when children love, tolerate or silently hate someone. Luckily, even grown up children in Kalinovka are not good at pretending.


Valentina


Natasha


Raisa


Sophia


Olga


Lilia

The monthly salary of seven educators of Chernigov Childs Home in Kalinovka requires approximately 13,000 hryvnyas or 1,592 US dollars. Every month we have to try hard to raise this sum of money, otherwise some educators will have to leave their job and the children will not receive as much care as they do now. It might seem difficult to accept the fact that one should finance an adult staff to help little orphans. But until the day these children hopefully have their own mom and dad, we have no other alternative but to help them feel the warmth and care of their part-time moms.

We really need your kind support with raising the funds for salaries of educators in Kalinovka! Please help these children who have no one else to rely on! These children turned out to be a heavy burden for their parents and the old staff regulations do not not allow our valorous Ukrainian government to provide little disabled orphans of Kalinovka with what they need the most love and understanding.








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