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The July Report on the Works Done in Orphanages for Children with Special Needs

We bought special nutrition for the orphanage in Velikiy Lug and finally found a physician for the orphanage in Kalinovka!
Author: Maria Semashkina, translated by Daria Sukach, www.deti.zp.ua Published: August 16, 2014, 16:30 1944

Last July we purchased Resource Optimum protein nutrition for 2,000 hryvnyas (150 US dollars) which is meant for children in the orphanage at Velikiy Lug. Besides it is two years since we have been managing the salary of the rehabilitator who is also a personal educator for one child at this orphanage. This child, who in April last year was on edge of surviving, is now learning to walk and eat something more than semolina and communicates with the surrounding world.

Four grown up orphans from Kalinovka had a wonderful summer camp vacation in Novokonstantinovka thanks to you! Thanks to volunteers we have twice organized river camps for children who had been at the seaside before.

Last month after seven-year endless searches we have finally found a physician for orphans in Kalinovka. We hope that the quality of health care for children as well as grownups in the Kalinovka orphanage will definitely improve. We need your kind support, so we could finance the wage of the physician from another district. We look forward to your feedback! Many thanks!

At the end of July the orphanage in Kalinovka opened its doors for two guests – volunteers from New Zealand. Despite the fact that it is winter in their home country and we’re having summer and war in Ukraine, the girls have not only been participating in our fund-raising campaign for Kalinovka needs but have come for five weeks to become friends with children they care about like their own!

Thanks to our constant sponsor Maya’s Hope the second Happy Home now has a vacuum cleaner, an oven and air-conditioning.

Our educator for grown up dwellers in Kalinovka is continuing her job even though one educator and a staff caretaker is obviously not enough for a group of forty grownup men. It simply means that if from Monday to Friday a caretaker and an educator work together, one of the women has to take care of forty grownup men with learning difficulties and mental disorders on weekend.

The Report of Educators’ Work

Sasha Z. and Artem N. together with their educator Sophia Sh. made a piggy from macaroni. The educator also taught Artem to read with ABC book and nursery encyclopedia. However, Artem becomes upset when he cannot read a word, so then he just drops reading. Sasha Z. solves math exercises with the help of counting sticks. Together with their educator the children made a bouquet of flowers from napkins for a birthday present of their caretaker.

While Sasha Z. – “the boss of the household” of the first Happy Home was enjoying his seaside vacation, Artem N. took over his duty and started to wash the dishes and one must say he did it pretty well. Vanya P. learnt to put the mosaic together.

Olga M. and Larisa K. were writing letters according to examples, making different animal figures from plasticine and with Zhenya Zh. were putting together blocks and mosaic and constructing pyramids. Vera learnt to count to five. Olya P. was taught to put blocks into the box. The educator is training Anzhela to walk and take-and-give toys when she’s asked. Natasha M. from the same group managed to teach Varya D. to eat at the table.

The current needs of the orphanage in Kalinovka (11th of August 2014):

1. Thread for knitting

2. Developmental toys (construction set, logical table games)

3. Musical instruments

4. Picture frames of A4 and 13x18 sizes, volumetric frameworks

5. Maths textbooks for the first grade

6. Threads for crochet work, crochet

7. Training equipment

8. Footballs

9. Socks for children and adults

10. Beads

11. White paint

12. Flowerpots

13. Tires

14. Construction (expanding) foam

15. Large empty water bottles

16. Water filter

17. Carpet 3x3 size

18. Computer for the adults and a new department

19. Paintings

20. Microwave

21. Deodorants

22. Stained glass film

23. Sandglass

24. Silicone mat

25. Colouring books

26. Musical toys

27. Broom for spiders

28. Sticky tape

29. Toothpaste

30. Super glue

31. Puzzles

32. Mosaic

33. Paper coffee filters

34. Green floristic ribbons and wire

35. Mirror

36. Board for plasticine

37. Safety razors

38. Resource Optimum protein nutrition

39. Diapers for children and grownups

We appreciate all previous support and constant encouragement! Remember that we are the ones who can help these children and adults! Each and every dollar and minute of your attention to children and adults with special needs are priceless and as good as gold. Let’s 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

They need help:

Kirill Karpachev (born 28 June 2000) and Timofei Karpachev (born 22 November 2011) – Cystic fibrosis, mixed form

Kirill Karpachev (born 28 June 2000) and Timofei Karpachev (born 22 November 2011) – Cystic fibrosis, mixed form

Alisa Onufriyeva, born in 2007 - cystic fibrosis

Alisa Onufriyeva, born in 2007 - cystic fibrosis

Arthur Kerimov, born in 2011 - symptomatic myoclonic epilepsy

Arthur Kerimov, born in 2011 - symptomatic myoclonic epilepsy

Mark Bondarev, 5 years old - Cystic fibrosis

Mark Bondarev, 5 years old - Cystic fibrosis

Vladislav Bogomazov, 6 years old - Cystic fibrosis, severe course

Vladislav Bogomazov, 6 years old - Cystic fibrosis, severe course


Information for non-Ukrainians wishing to help or adopt an orphan from Ukraine

Information for non-Ukrainians wishing to help or adopt an orphan from Ukraine

A Child Needs a Family: Anna O., born in 2011

A Child Needs a Family: Anna O., born in 2011

Children need a family: Anya in born 2016

Children need a family: Anya in born 2016