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Helping Hand For Ukraine Training In Cherkasy


HOPE worldwide of Canada has been providing financial and other forms of support to HOPE worldwide Ukraine. mainly through the Helping Hand for Ukraine project.  Here is a quick update from Ukraine.

HOPE worldwide Ukraine implemented a 3-day “Children and War. Teaching Recovery Techniques” training program in Cherkasy in November. A total of 17 social workers, leaders of regional social service centers, practicing psychologists and representatives of the state emergency services participated in the training within Phase II of the “Helping Hand for Ukraine” International Relief Project.

Ms. Iryna Sukhova (coordinator-psychologist), Ms. Olena Bozhor (art-therapist) and Ms. Nataliya Podolyak instructor Picture 1(psychologist and psychotherapist) taught participants how to use the techniques and program to work with children traumatized by the war in the Eastern Ukraine. The Cherkasy Regional Contact Center generously provided the training venue and accommodations for the trainers.

Larysa Khodakovska, Executive Director, Cherkasy Regional Contact Center: “As of today 13,443 IDPs (internally displaced persons) live in the Cherkasy region and 2,026 of them are children. Children and their parents desperately need psychological assistance. The new knowledge and techniques gained to work with IDP children are extremely important and urgent for the social workers, psychologists, and educators of Cherkasy region. On behalf of Cherkasy Regional Contact Center I express our gratitude to the training team of the “Helping Hand for Ukraine” project for this informative educational work and cooperation”.

Iryna Vysotska, training participant, practicing psychologist at Cherkasy City Children’s Hospital: “The training was clearly structured. I acquired skills and techniques and got a chance to master them during practice modules.medal winners

I am thankful for the new tools, visual materials and the manual. Since I work with children and parents, I will be able to use these tools and techniques in my work as well as in communication with my own child. All my expectations came true”.

Funding For Phase II Provided By HOPE worldwide

HOPE worldwide provided financial support for Phase II of the “Helping Hand for Ukraine” International Relief Project in the amount of $20 000 USD.

In Q1 2015, HOPE worldwide (USA) delivered an initial $20 000 USD to HOPE worldwide Ukraine to bring humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Eastern Ukraine.

Successful implementation of Phase I led to HOPE worldwide (based in USA) providing additional support for Phase II of the “Helping Hand for Ukraine” project.

Phase II started in October. As part of the program, the Recovery Team conducted therapy sessions for children in the “Dzherelo” IDP camp in Pushcha Vodytsya (Kyiv oblast). They then proceeded to conduct the “Children and War Teaching Recovery Techniques” training sessions for social workers and psychologists in Cherkasy in November.

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Randolph S. Jordan, outgoing CEO of HOPE worldwide: “With the mission to bring hope to a hurting world HOPE worldwide is pleased to provide financial assistance to ensure the successful implementation of the Helping Hand for Ukraine project that it may have lasting impact on the lives of Ukrainian children.”

If you wish to donate to the Helping Hand of Ukraine, please visit the donation page here