Susanne Drakborg, Country Manager Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland & Ukraine

Decreasing the number of children abandoned

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Two children playing games and having fun in the baby home’s day care centre.

A few years ago, Childhood funded a project with the goal of decreasing the number of children abandoned in the regional baby home in Bila Tsirkva, Ukraine. Earlier this year I visited Bila Tsirkva and found that the number of abandoned children has dropped significantly in all of Kyiv region. The baby home has been transformed into a medical rehabilitation centre focused on children with disabilities.

A boy playing with water therapy toys next to the sand therapy box.

A boy playing with water therapy toys next to the sand therapy box.

Instead of housing up to 60 abandoned babies, it now houses ca 25 orphans 0-7 years old who all have various disabilities. The remaining 25 children with disabilities attend the centre’s day care services while living with their parents. It was amazing to see the staff working so closely with parents and understanding the importance of children growing up in families.

/Susanne