Our Charity ~ SOS Children’s Villages
It’s Charity Time here at AlexSkarsgard.Net…
Awhile back, I talked with a good friend in Sweden ♥ and asked her to find us a charity we could sponsor from that side of the pond. Alexander is always so generous and has allowed us to use his name in fundraisers we’ve picked as a site…I really wanted to concentrate our focus this time on something from his homeland.
My dear friend immediately got back to me and recommended SOS Barnbyar or SOS Children’s Villages.
About SOS Children’s Villages:
SOS Children’s Villages is an international non-governmental social development organization that has been active in the field of children’s rights and committed to children’s needs and concerns since 1949. In 132 countries and territories our activities focus on children without parental care and children of families in difficult circumstances.
SOS Children’s Villages focuses on family-based, long-term care of children who can no longer grow up with their biological families. At our SOS Children’s Villages and SOS Youth Facilities they experience reliable relationships and love once again, meaning that they can recover from what they have experienced, which has often been traumatic. They grow up in a stable family environment, and are supported individually until they become independent young adults.
In short, this international organization helps in many aspects of these children’s lives. This includes food, shelter, clothing, schooling, health care… They’re there when disaster strikes and stand strong to help these little ones get back on their feet and supply them with what they need to survive. Most often those needs are answered by a caring home and love….
After some research, I spoke with Alexander about it and he wholeheartedly agreed that this should be the charity we sponsor next.
So the SOS branch in Sweden, along with the Washington branch, have been hard at work helping me to get things arranged.
Here’s what we’ve come up with:
The Sweden branch of SOS sponsors many Village’s worldwide. One of which is a Children’s Village in Brovary, Ukraine. This is the one we’ll be working with.
They’ve supplied us with a few pix of the Village and the adorable “tea-cup” humans who live there.
Ukraine is the largest and most populated new republic after the Soviet Union in 1991. The 600 000 km large area separating Russia from Europe, bordered to the south to the Black Sea and is home to 45.5 million inhabitants. The general plight of the country has led many people to lose their place in society during the recent years. Drug addiction and alcoholism, children who are abandoned or are adopted out as well as a rapidly increasing number of HIV infections are all signs of a society in crisis.
Even today, Ukraine is suffering from the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster in April 1986 in which over 3.5 million people were affected. New cases of cancer, which could be related to the disaster, is still reported. Large parts of the country were polluted and the effects are still being felt. Besides health disaster collapsed economic development in the country and the difficult transition to a market economy remains a major challenge for Ukraine. Officially a large part of the population live below the poverty line, but the unofficial figure is estimated to be much higher.
The situation in the country…
The safety, at a low level, that existed during the Soviet period weathered away after the independence. All sorts of social grants and subsidies were abolished or taken away during the economic crisis in the 1990s. The household savings were lost and living standards fell for a large group of the population.
Growth in the early 2000s made a marked improvement for the majority, but in 2008 a relatively high amount of the population lived in poverty. Diseases such as tuberculosis, diphtheria and cholera increased.
An increased number of birth defects, cancers and diseases of the airways and the stomach have, to some researchers, paired with radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986. Health care is basically free, but some expensive treatments must be paid by the patient. The medical staff and doctors are also often bribed. There is a shortage of medicines and medical equipment. Alcohol abuse is widespread. A problem with drugs has begun to grow in certain cities in the south. The HIV infection in cities such as Odessa and Mykolaiv is spreading rapidly. Prostitution is also a major problem in the country.
SOS Children’s Villages in Ukraine…
SOS Children’s Villages operates Family-Strengthening Programs (FSP) in Brovary and Kiev. Work began in 2003 in the Podol District of Kiev’s poorest areas, where poor families, especially single mothers, get help with food and other necessities. There is a social center, which include working with HIV / AIDS counseling and organizes activities for youth and their parents. Substances that children’s rights, health and sex education are discussed. Psychological assistance and various types of recreational activities are offered and families receive support and training to improve their ability to support themselves and take care of their children. SOS Children’s Villages is currently helping 450 children in Kiev and 250 children in Brovary through Family-Strengthening Programs.
The first SOS Children’s village was built in Ukraine in 2007. As in several other former Soviet states the situation in many orphanages in Ukraine is substandard. The new SOS Children’s Village represents a new standard for the Ukraine with an emphasis on family-based care and rights of the individual children.
The SOS Children’s Village is located in Brovary, approximately two-mile outside Kiev’s city center and is a total of 16 houses. The land where the children village has been built has been donated from local authorities.
The SOS Children’s Village has 13 family houses currently home to 43 children (26 girls and 17 boys). The houses have a capacity for 85 children, which is expected to be reached shortly. SOS Children’s Village in Brovary is mainly Swedish-funded and has been built thanks to generous contributions from businesses, individuals and sponsors.