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Two outstanding “Family Camps” for Ukrainian Family Style Orphanages (FSO) and foster families – once again – a huge success!

135 children, teenagers and guardians from FSOs in Ukraine’s L’viv Oblast benefit once again from 2 amazing three day camps, valuable teenage training, activities, workshops adventure therapy. (Video HERE)

“This kind of support  with meetings and training sessions truly is a big need. When we take care of our big FSO family day in day out, we often face emotional exhaustion. Such camps and meetings fill you with optimism, new energy and the much needed confidence. I am very thankful to Care in Action and wish you all inspiration, patience and success in your blessed work”. -Oksana Podobins’ka, Zavada FSO, Mostys’kyi region

The job of FSO- and foster parents is much needed, making a huge difference in the lives of orphans and children deprived of parental care. It is also huge because it lasts 24/7, without holidays and weekends, parents are always on duty and in demand. We admire them and support their efforts in many ways, including the summer camps for the whole family. Children need family, love and positive integration into society

Bringing up just one biological child – is continuous hard work that requires a lot of patience, wisdom and sacrifice. And what do we say about the bringing up of three, five, ten foster children? Children who have experienced dramatic losses and injustice,  many suffer from deep injury which does not allow them to trust and hope for a decent future.

With the help of  Care in Action staff members and our trained volunteers many active, fun, and learning activities for all ages were organized. in Addition, 8 students of social work  benefitted by being able to have their official practicum with us gaining first hand experience. Staying at the hotel complex “Viking Bay” in Lviv region participants of different age groups could have a much needed rest and recuperation with a special focus on workshops for teenagers and the foster parents / guardian. In addition adventure therapy strengthened their ability to challenge themselves to overcome fears and taught endurance and grit on a challenging rope park between the high trees and crossing a lake. The children and young people also played football, volleyball, ride on horseback, a donkey cart or zoomed around the gorgeous nature of the huge property on a bike, some swam in the lake as well.

While foster parents participated in several workshops, which purpose was to help them understand often difficult behavior of the children under their care and to properly help them. In our opinion, the work of these people is priceless and they are in need of help and support in carrying out their noble mission as no one else. In addition to training, we tried to give parents a little time for them to talk with a psychologist, share problems and experiences with each other, just relax from everyday domestic troubles, and have time to themselves.

  • I have enjoyed and learned a lot. Now I know that I am not alone with my taks and problems, but that there are the other foster parents like me, sharing my challenges. The experience of the foreign friends was impressive for me. I learn for example of the importance for the children to see a good example in their foster parents. I also was able to have a much needed break and rest time. Thank you – Anonymous
  • What I really liked about the camp is the opportunity to be together with the children outside of our house in such a beautiful place, to participate in training sessions and for the children to communicate with other youth, which were setting a good example for them. – Oksana Holiavka, Sykhiv FSO

Feedbacks from Students of Social Work doing their internship at the Care in Action FSO Family Camps

 “The camp filled me up with a huge portion of positive emotions. I learned how to communicate with children better and felt embraced with their sincere emotions (which adults use very rarely nowadays). Also I learned a bunch of useful tips from the volunteers: I saw them in practice, how they use different pedagogical approaches in order to interest children and the way they behave themselves to make children listen to them. Another important point I have to highlight is that we should not let children manipulate us.

For me as a future social worker the camp opened new issues which are not taught at the university. Thus, I think students should undergo this kind of practices on a regular basis. It would be great if we could have such lectures in order to get acquainted with practical activities. I wish to become a volunteer and get involved in all the care activities at orphanages.”    Vika

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The camp is unforgettable. I got new very important life experience – working with children. In my teams age group there were children both obedient and mischievous, who were far from easy manageable, although I succeeded to make them interested in our activities. Also in my group there was a handicapped child but to my surprise I was able to cope with the responsibilities that had been entrusted to me.

I am very grateful to the organizers of this camp, especially because they deal with FSO families, they organize some leisure time (and regular parenting and teenage workshops and life skills training ).  Indeed, you are doing great job and perhaps most important and biggest reward for all of us is to see the smiling faces of the children. These 5 days turned to be critical in my life as now I am truly convinced I have made a proper choice of profession.”  Anonymous

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“I am enormously pleased that I had the opportunity to have my internship at your camp. I was overwhelmed with emotions because here I have gained a lot of experience, knowledge and skills. I also made so many new friends. I enjoyed the event very much. And in the future I want to continue cooperation with you in this area. Volunteering is one of my priority goals for the future. I realized that children are a great source of knowledge, experience and life. The atmosphere was just incredible. What is important is that the children were leaving the camp with a smile on their face.

Responsibility was the first thing I was taught by the camp. It was very pleasant fact that our team leaders trusted us and in difficult situations they endeavored to support us. This gave inspiration and self-confidence. I learned so many new and useful things about working with children that I could not even think of before. The camp helped others see the world, in a fresh new way, through his/her own heart.

I hope that our cooperation will continue. I would be happy to help your organization when needed. Thank you for this great chance.”     Viktor Kachmaryk

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“I am amazed how much attention is paid to children and their well being and I am also impressed by the extend the children open up to volunteers and tell their personal life stories. I also want to thank for giving us the opportunity to spend much time with children and to apply our theoretical knowledge in practice. The way the organization treats children and volunteers was immensely appealing to me.”       Anonymous

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