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The May Reports on our Works Done in the Children’s Home in Kalinovka in 2014

Three children have been adopted and the girls have finally moved into their new home - these are our May's successes in Kalinovka
Author: Maria Semashkina, translated by Anya Gvozdyeva, www.deti.zp.ua Published: June 21, 2014, 11:00 2584

In May three more kids were adopted from the Kalinovka orphanage: namely, severily disabled bedridden Andrey and two boys from our first "Happy Home” - Oleg and Maxim. The family arrived to the US a few days ago and children will go to school soon. Although Andrey will have a dedicated tutor, he will also be taken to school like others.

Andrey, Maxim, Oleg

Last week of May we finally managed to move the girls to their new home. It is currently being transformed into a comfortable place to live: a TV set, a kettle, toys and stationary have been purchased already.

Katya, Katya, Miroslava

May saw the end of the bedridden era in Kalinovka! Most of the bedridden children were transferred to the Kirov orphanage. We are hopeful they will be looked after better there, since the orphanage is just 10km away from the district hospital and it has its own pediatrician and psychiatrist. Right now Kalinovka only has two "Happy Homes" full of children, whereas other residents of the orphanage are all adults. However, they also require assistance with care, trips and leisure activities.

At the moment there is only one caretaker assigned to all the adults that is paid for by the Happy Child charity foundation. With your help we could employ more people, so that young people in the countryside have something to do other than getting bored and having limited options to do agricultural work.

On 13-14th May Foundation's psychologist Daria Dubenko held a training session for the orphanage employees on the prevention of emotional exhaustion. The session covered the essence and causes of emotional exhaustion when working in an orphanage and provided the attendees with methods of relaxation and de-stress.

The tutors’ accomplishments

In the second "Happy Home” Olga M. assisted Larisa with reciting poems and colouring in pictures with Katya.

In the first "Happy Home" Natasha M. helped Artyom N. with maths and drawing using a grid. She also did some puzzles, toy blocks and to learned some animals using blocks with Alyosha R. The tutor got involved in colouring and plasticine craft with Maxim B. Natasha did Lego and learned some names with Maxim P. She also played badminton with Oleg M. and Frisbee and ball games with Yura Ch.

In the same group of children Sofia Sh. learned the ABC with Artyom N. Atryom is also learning to walk with a cane, whereas previously he would be wheelchair-bound outside and crawling on the floor indoors.

Sasha Z. is being taught numbers 1 to 15 and also spelling - he is copying with words and sentences. Vanya P. who has recently been transferred to the same group, is learning to brush his teeth, make his bed and do some exercises. Sofia also regularly plays football and volleyball with the kids.

Ruslan F. has just learned to write down numbers on request and he can now draw with chalk on the road. All the children get to do bingo with Sofia, and Maxim B. and Yura Ch. are the biggest fans of this. The tutor often makes paper bouquets and trees with children. They even managed to harvest their first small crop of radish that they planted with assistance of their tutor Lilya.

The Current Needs of Kalinovka Orphanage (16.06.2014)

1. PCs

2. Stove

3. Microwave oven

4. Vacuum cleaner

5. CDs with sounds of nature and children's songs

6. Knitting wool

7. Puzzles and educational toys

8. Batteries of large and normal size

9. Musical instruments

10. Copy-books for spelling/handwriting skills and maths

11. Wool in different colours

12. Large inflatable ball

13. Thick cardboard size 40x30cm and 50x50xm

14. Acrylic paints

15. Multicoloured napkins

16. Plaster and bandages

17. Photo frames sizes A4 or 13x18cm, 3d photo frames

18. Photo-wallpaper

19. Mathematics textbooks for Year 1

20. Thread for crochet and crochet hooks

21. Exercise machines

22. Footballs

23. Satin ribbon

24. Socks for children and adults

25. Beads

26. White paint

27. Plant pots

28. Tyres

29. Sealing foam

30. Empty / used large water bottles / crates

31. Wall clocks

32. Water filter

33. Toothbrush holder

34. Air-conditioning unit

35. Blinds and mosquito nets

36. Rug

37. Wall art

38. Deodorants

39. 20 chairs

Thank you so much for your help and constant moral support. Please do remember that someone needs to help these children and adults, and if we don't do it then who will? Every penny and every minute of your time spent on people with special needs really is like gold dust to them. Please do good.


Happy Child foundation - effective help to the most needy children of the Zaporozhye region, Ukraine, since 2004

More than 16 years of trust of donors and benefactors, thousands of aid transaction processed every year. Full transparency in the usage of donation
You donated $181 288 in 2020

Our expenses in 2020

122 sick children: $97 066 
Medical equipment: $7 450
To disabled orphans: $20 153
To eco-village for orphans: $11 441
To orphans and poor families: $4 018
To adults ("Helpus" charity): $8 342
Administration and fundraising: $19 009
Total sum of expenses: $174 054 

$4 749 201 donated since 2007

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