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Marching in support of the Helping Hand Project at The Toronto Ukrainian Festival

On Saturday, September 15th, a group of cheerful volunteers from the Toronto chapters marched in the Toronto Ukrainian Festival Parade. The Ukrainian Festival is an annual event to showcase Ukrainian culture held in the West part of Toronto. t is the largest Ukrainian street festival in North America, attracting over 600,000 visitors to the area.

Our volunteers marched to support The Helping Hand for Ukraine project. They also handed out flyers to members of the public to promote the project, which is partly funded by HOPE worldwide Canada. This project is run by HOPE worldwide Ukraine to provide socio-psychological assistance to children suffering from war trauma.

Here are some pictures from the parade, compliments of Grace Acheampong photography.

 

Helping Hand for Ukraine Update: “Children and War ” training held for psychologists in Mariupol

The Helping Hand for Ukraine project  seeks to help children suffering from the trauma of war in Eastern Ukraine. Training programs are also provided for psychologists, social workers, and volunteers who work with traumatized children, therapy sessions for children and parents to acquire skills, techniques and ability to deal with their traumatic experience and rehabilitation and recreational camps for children.

HOPE worldwide Canada is a proud partner with HOPE worldwide Ukraine in providing funding for the project.

In February a 3 day training workshop on “Children and War: Teaching Recovery Techniques” training was held in Mariupol, Donetsk region. It was mainly for school psychologists.  The framework of the training falls under the “Psychological Assistance to Children Living in the “Red” Zone of War Conflict Through Trainings for Psychologists and Volunteers and Therapy Sessions for Children and Parents” project. This project is implemented by “HOPE worldwide Ukraine” Charity Foundation with support of Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.

The training took place on February 19-21 and gathered 19 participants, school psychologists and social workers. It was conducted by psychologists-trainers of the “Helping Hand for Ukraine” international relief project Ira Sukhova, Olena Bozhor and Natalia Podolyak.

During the training the participants learned how to use the “Children and War: Teaching Recovery Techniques” method in their work with traumatized children, who witnessed and suffered from military activities in Eastern Ukraine. They will soon teach children in the “gray” and “red” zones of war conflict to deal with traumatic experiences and stress through techniques of psychological self-help, relaxation and recovery.

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to explore ways to support the Helping Hand for Ukraine project please contact Taras Kulish at Taras.Kulish@hopewwcanada.org.

We also appreciate tax deductible donations of any amount for the children of eastern Ukraine. Please select “International: (Ukraine Helping Hand Program)” from the drop down menu on the next page after you click “Donate” below:

 

VIDEO: The Gala of HOPE Supporting Helping Hand for Ukraine Project

In June a special concert was held in Zurich, Switzerland to support the Helping Hand for Ukraine project. Over $44 000 was raised to support HOPE worldwide Ukraine’s rehabilitation program for children traumatized by war in Eastern Europe.

The Helping Hand for Ukraine Project is partly funded by HOPE worldwide Canada. For more information please contact Taras Kulish at Taras.Kulish@hopewwcanada.org.

To donate, select “Helping Hand for Children Traumatized By War In Eastern Ukraine” from the drop down options at our donate page:

Ukrainian Credit Union in Toronto donates $1000 for the Helping Hand for Ukraine Project

Taras Kulish receives a cheque for $1000 for HOPE worldwide Canada from Roman Mlynko (left) from UCU Wealth Strategies Group.

The Ukrainian Credit Union in Toronto recently made a generous donation of $1000 to the Helping Hand for Ukraine International Relief Project. The project is a joint initiative between HOPE worldwide Canada and HOPE worldwide Ukraine. It aims to provide psychological and humanitarian assistance to children who have been traumatized by war in Eastern Ukraine.

The funds will be used to train therapists and provide therapy to children who suffer from War trauma in Odesa.

Watch this video to learn more about the Helping Hand for Ukraine International Relief Project:

 

 

The Gala of HOPE in Zurich was a tremendous success

Nearly CDN $44 500 was raised at the Gala of HOPE on June 18th in Zurich, Switzerland. 534 people attended the concert which was organised by Julia Medugno and others to raise funds to help children suffering from PTSD in Eastern Ukraine through the Helping for Ukraine Project. Thank you all the sponsors, donors and volunteers who gave their time to make this event amazing and successful.

Gala of HOPE part of the audience

The Helping Hand for Ukraine project is a joint initiative by HOPE worldwide Ukraine and HOPE worldwide Canada. We aim to raise funds that are used to provide therapy and other humanitarian assistance to help children in Eastern Ukraine recover from the psychological trauma of war. Children in 4 cities will benefit from the proceeds.

The Gala included classical music and ballet repertoire, with ballet soloists from the Zurich Opera house, Vesselina Kasarova – Mezzo soprano, Malin Hartelius, and others.

For more information on the Helping Hand for Ukraine project and how you can get involved please contact Taras Kulish at Taras.Kulish@hopewwcanada.org

To see more pictures from the gala please visit our Facebook page here

Photographs courtesy of Maria Jegher @coinroll

A Visit To The Helping Hand for Ukraine PTSD Therapy Camp in Kyiv, Ukraine

Some of the kids in the program

Taras Kulish, our International Relations Coordinator, recently visited the Helping Hand for Ukraine PTSD Therapy Camp in Kyiv, Ukraine. HOPE worldwide Canada, through a grant from the Fleming Foundation, has given 3 weeks of RnR to 25 kids who live in the Red Zone (War Zone) in Ukraine at a camp organized by HOPE worldwide Ukraine. ‎The camp is just outside of Kyiv, where it is safe, over a 1000 miles from the conflict.

The 3 weeks is a good amount of time to build trust and give kids the tools they need to heal and handle stress better. They will be followed up by the team afterwards to monitor their progress.

The children were not used to hugging and were taught by the team to hug – it’s very good for them. ‎They are having nightmares and are worried about their families back home. Many have expressed they do not want to go back. They will have to be followed by the team afterwards to monitor their progress.

Through the Helping Hand for Ukraine project, Canadians are able to provide financial support to children and parents traumatized by the war in eastern Ukraine. The program is run by HOPE worldwide Ukraine and offers psychological assistance, training for social workers and other humanitarian aid.

For more pictures from Taras visit to Kyiv go to our Facebook page

Here is a video from Taras’ visit to the summer recreational and rehabilitation camp for children from Maryinka which was held near Kyiv: