Project Location: Ternopil, Ukraine
Project Type: Health
Project Code: UTT0721
Background: Chalice has partnered with the non-profit World of Children since 1998. The Ternopil site serves underprivileged families in 17 areas around the region, as well as a boarding school.
Nation-wide, Ukraine is struggling with challenging social, economic and political circumstances. Parents face challenges securing permanent, year-round employment. Some parents previously had the ability to leave the area to secure work, but the pandemic border closures have removed that option. These social strains, for many of our sponsored children, translate into conflict and tensions within the family dynamic. The Ternopil site staff see fractured relationships both between spouses and between parents and their children. Often, the main causes of this strife can be traced to low self-esteem, a lack of information resources for parents on topics of child development, and families needing to learn how to cope within their current environment to communicate effectively and meaningfully with each other.
The Ternopil sponsor site has conducted a year-long program of workshops for parents targeting these key sources of family discord. Designed and taught by a psychology professional, this training program has three key objectives. The first is to educate the parents on the changes their child will experience at different developmental stages, and how to handle common problems associated with each stage. Secondly, to increase their capacity for constructive communication, stress management, and conflict resolution. Thirdly, to encourage and motivate the parents to aspire to lasting improvements in their relationships, personal development, and overall family life.
In a previous program, a sponsored child's mother named Dariya was an active participant. Dariya was so inspired by the program, she enrolled in agricultural college alongside her eldest daughter, majoring in Agronomy. The Ternopil staff writes, "[Dariya] has got a strong incentive to learn and develop to build their future."
In this one-year session, 105 families of sponsored children, spanning 29 villages, will experience the benefits of these new skills and insights. The cost to facilitate this project for one year is $10,729.65 CAD.
Funding Request: $10,729.65 CAD
Please note that any donations that exceed the request will be used to fund other community projects/programs that may arise.