April 10, 2014
Denys lives in a brick house with a sheet metal roof in western Ukraine, with his parents and two older brothers. He is currently in grade 1, he is in an inclusive educational program as he has difficulty memorizing and writing- Denys has down syndrome. His favourite subjects are art and music- he absolutely loves to sing. When he is home he likes to play ball games, draw, sing, and help his mother around the house, especially with dusting and cleaning his shoes. Denys dream job would be to work as a cab driver! His mother is unable to work currently as Denys goes to many health appointments and need help with some day to day activities. Denys' father does odd jobs around their village, and his humble income does not cover all of the family's basic needs. Sponsorship enables children to attend class every day and have the supplies they need to complete their education, grow up healthy, and achieve their dreams.
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Chalice has been serving children in Ukraine since 1998 in three sites in both rural and urban communities. Our local partners tell us that Chalice is one of few international charities in their region, because the central government makes charitable work difficult with complex taxation laws.
Ballooning inflation has dramatically increased the costs of necessities such as food and heating. Coupled with high rates of unemployment or under-salaried work, parents have difficulty providing for their families. In the areas where Chalice works, there are high rates of chronic illness and cognitive disabilities such as cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. Low-income families have little access to quality medical services, because public hospitals are underfunded and ill-equipped.
Through the support of sponsors and donors, Chalice and our local partners focus on:
- Education – Ensuring each child completes their education until high school graduation, at a minimum.
- Financial inclusion & empowerment for parents – Giving caregivers back their decision-making power for the needs of their families.
- Nutrition & household needs – Providing families with fresh produce and staples to ensure their children maintain nutrient-rich, balanced diets. Assistance is also provided to help with the high cost of basic household needs such as heating and simple housewares.
Our Ukraine sites:
Ternopil - Chalice has partnered with World of Children in the city of Ternopil since 1998. Under the direction of Luba Tsytsyk, this site promotes the spiritual growth of sponsored children and their families and provides material assistance and opportunities for social development through the provision of nutritious food, clothing, and educational, psychological and medical support. Sponsored families live in Ternopil city and in rural villages throughout all areas of Ternopil Region.
Pochaiv - Chalice has partnered with World for Children since 1999. Halyna Mykytiuk directs the sponsorship program, based in three subsites in the Ivano-Frankivsk and Volyn Regions. The program currently supports 1960 children living with their families in either dorm-style factory apartments in cities and towns or rural family homes with small farms. The site works closely with beneficiaries to develop agricultural skills to sustain small family farms. Through Chalice programs, including the gift catalogue, Pochaiv Site supports orphanages and many schools throughout the area.
Lviv - Since October 2019, Chalice has partnered with Lviv Family in the city of Lviv. Formerly a subsite of Pochaiv Site, Lviv Site is under the direction of Halyna Bardakh. The majority of sponsored children at Lviv Site live in dormitory style apartments in the city of Lviv. Others live on small subsistence farms in rural villages outside the city. Low wages, high unemployment, and chronic illness are significant daily challenges for sponsored families in Lviv.