There are many charitable organisations in Ukraine – and primarily in Kyiv. A lot of the business community groups have charitable events such as Auctions and lotteries whilst some clubs / companies have been formed with just charity in mind. It is therefore difficult at times to know who to support but I think most expats follow the flow and are always willing to support a good cause if the right – trustworthy – face is behind it.
Here are 2 notable organisations who provide a fantastic service to the less fortunate in Ukraine:
Lions are part of an international organization, the largest service club in the world, with over 1,350,000 members in 45,000 individual clubs locate in 197 countries and geographical areas. Lions are men and women who strive to make a difference in their local community as well as in communities worldwide. Their volunteer efforts go beyond the support of vision care, to addressing unmet health and education needs worldwide. A “likeable” aspect of the Lions is that they go along and see what money is required and then make sure it is spent. In Ukraine too many charities send money to the pockets of the Director who runs the kids home…
SOS Children’s Village Brovary
The first SOS Children’s Village in Ukraine has been established in Brovary, near Kiev, and was put in operation in spring of 2010. The premises of SOS Children’s Village Brovary offer good infrastructure and are connected to the public supply system. It is surrounded by pine woods, a lake, and sports fields are also close by. The immediate neighbourhood consists of a middle-class residential area. Schools, shops, markets, and a hospital are close by.
SOS Children’s Village Brovary comprises thirteen family houses (for up to 98 children), an administration area, a multi-purpose hall, a garage, and a workshop, a house for the village director and apartments for the SOS aunts (who support the SOS mothers and take care of the children when the mothers are on leave).
This is a site that staff from expatua.com have visited – we thoroughly enjoyed our day out their fair in May 2012 and can attest to the quality of the houses and smiles of the children. A happy place.
Besides the large charity funds and programs, diverse private initiatives - on gravely ill children treatment; asylums maintenance for women, suffered from family violence; stray animals shelters etc. - are run all around Ukraine. Set by private individuals or groups of volunteers, sometimes they may not have legal status. Their communication channels are web-sites, social networks, some relevant events (exhibitions, fairs etc.). Such aid as waste clothes, toys, basic consumables, transport delivery facilitation is welcome not less than financial donations. Commonly such initiatives incorporate western-oriented middle-class representatives to take care about particular sufferers. Many volunteers invest not just materially, but their time as well. On week-ends they visit the sufferers under wardship to communicate, teach, play with, gift them. Some companies are in favour of this option too, avoiding charity intermediaries and maintaining direct permanent partnership with definite hospitals, shelters, asylums…
In line with local peculiarity, it is worth to get aware about reputation and portfolio of the charity organization whatever large it was. A scandal on misuse of funds by the charity fund, associated with one of the Ukrainian presidents’ name, has occurred a few years ago. So far, the notable name is not warranty here and direct help is the most favorable option for the locals who really care.
These are some links to the charity volunteer initiatives, you may join up (in Ukr though):
Ukraine Little League Baseball
Ukraine Little League Baseball Program (since 1995) is dedicated to improving the lives of Ukrainian youngsters through the sports of baseball and softball.
Little League is more than just a game, it's a program that enriches the lives of everyone involved, from the players, to the coaches, to our volunteers around the world.
Little League of Ukraine offers many programs for these otherwise disadvantaged children that open new opportunities in their lives, from training to camp to opportunities to experience things they would not have otherwise.. not to mention the simple pleasures of playing baseball and softball with their peers!
Basil P. Tarasko, District Administrator of the Little League Baseball Program - Ukraine
firstname.lastname@example.org..or visit...ukrainebaseball.org or 718 - 415 - 7821
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