Anna Tkachyk, Head of the Coordination Center of the CF "Hope.UA"
Markiyan Fedorenko, Co-founder of the Foundation of the CF "Hope.UA"
As part of the 32nd Karpacz Economic Forum, which takes place in Poland on September 5-7, 2023, the Ukrainian Charitable Foundation Hope.UA is honored to present a unique program "Hope for Kids" for psychological and social rehabilitation for children who have become victims of hostilities due to the war in Ukraine provoked by Russian aggression.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, and until today, according to the Office of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General, more than 500 Ukrainian children have died in the war (excluding victims in the occupied territories), 1,100 children have been injured, 1,600 children have suffered psychologically and emotionally, 11,000 children have become refugees, and 20,000 Ukrainian children who are victims of war need psychological assistance.
This difficult experience could not leave the volunteers and Ukrainian doctors indifferent. Their joint team, with the support of international partners, has developed and implemented the Hope for Kids program, which is unique in Ukraine and aims to "bring children out of war". The ambitious dream of the specialists is to return childhood to Ukrainian children.
Hope for Kids is a program developed by a team of professionals from the Western Ukrainian Specialized Children's Medical Center in Lviv and volunteers from the Ukrainian Charitable Foundation Hope.ua.
The goal of the program is to stabilize the emotional state and recovery of children who have suffered trauma during the war. We strive to preserve, stabilize, restore or compensate for the impaired mental functions, personal and social status of children, facilitating their psychosocial adaptation to the changed life situation. We also help children to comprehend their experience in extreme conditions and apply it in their future life.
The rehabilitation program for each group of children (60-100 children) lasts 21 days in special children's camps in Ukraine and Western Europe. During the program's duration, from June to July 2023: 32 children with severe post-traumatic stress disorder stabilized their condition, 58 children with post-traumatic stress disorder learned to cope with mental digestion and anxiety, 90 children learned how to avoid post-traumatic experience in the future, 27 children continue individual psychotherapy sessions with specialists, and the children's parents received recommendations on how to protect their children from psycho-emotional trauma in the future.
Hope for Kids cooperates with the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine to refer children to the program and provide a comprehensive approach to recovery.
The ultimate goal of the program is to build the First Specialized Center for Psychological Rehabilitation of Child Victims of War in Ukraine, to help those who do not have the financial means to receive specialized assistance.
м. Karpacz, Republic of Poland
September 5-7, 2023
32nd Economic Forum
"HOPE.UA" is a Ukrainian charitable foundation established at the beginning of the war in Ukraine to support those affected by the consequences of Russian terror. Our main task is to help everyone who needs it in time of war. Among the foundation's active projects: HopeBoxes - a project to provide civilians with food and personal hygiene products, Interaction - a unified loyalty system for internally displaced persons and socially vulnerable groups, HopeGrant - a charity accelerator for small businesses, supporting ideas for the formation of a new economy of the country, HopeLunches - providing hot meals to internal war refugees and low-income Ukrainians. Organized humanitarian aid. Since the first day of the war, the Foundation has been processing requests from war victims and conducting humanitarian missions to frontline villages and towns with the help of international partners.
Since the beginning of its work in Ukraine, the Hope.ua Charitable Foundation has provided assistance to the population of Ukraine in the amount of more than USD 6 million, 500 thousand tons of humanitarian aid have been received by Ukrainians who have become victims of Russian aggression, the Foundation has processed 4,000 requests for assistance, distributed 2,000 food packages in the frontline territories of Ukraine, and 6,000 hot meals for internal refugees. As of today, the work of the Ukrainian Charitable Foundation Hope.ua is supported by 25 international partners.