We see children beating the odds and succeeding at becoming independent, because of the support we provide. Hundreds of children are involved in our programmes each year. Here we share some of their stories to show the results of our work to improve wellbeing, develop potential and prepare vulnerable children to succeed at independent life.
Children given educational sponsorship in Ukraine and Malawi this year
Children engaged in 93 programmes to develop art, social and personal skills in 2019
STEP job and lifeskills training events for vulnerable youth in 2019
Vasilyna finds hope in dance
Vasilyna bravely tells of her fight to find a better life through dancing after a childhood of abuse, tragedy and institutional care. Her story shows the risks to finding decent work faced by so many vulnerable young people in Ukraine. Discovering a love for dance, and support from Care in Action to make this dream a reality, has changed her prospects for the future. You can read the full story in our News.
Anna finds community and sets career goals
When war broke out in the east of Ukraine Anna lost her home and fled with her Mum and sister to Lviv. They still struggle to earn a living five years later and the only time the girls have a decent meal is at the Crisis Centre. This is where we met Anna, when leading our STEP life and work skills workshops. Anna became an active volunteer, helping to organize activities at children’s homes, and has set herself the goal to become a graphic designer.
“I saw volunteers coming to help us at the Crisis Centre and it made me want to be like them. Through the STEP activities, I’ve become more confident and got over my fear of public speaking. I have developed career goals and recognised my strengths. I learned to understand my emotions and love myself. I want to be a good example for other kids who are growing up in difficult circumstances. I am ready to work for it. Thank you for the opportunities you have given me”.
Iryna gets into university
Iryna and her two younger brothers were raised in a state care institution, due to neglect by her alcoholic single mother and their extremely poor living conditions. Iryna dreamt of becoming a lawyer or a journalist, but she needed a tutor in English and history to meet the university requirements. With the support of our STEP programme, sponsorship and tutoring, Iryna has achieved her goal. She attained a state scholarship and is now studying Journalism at the Ivano Franko University in L’viv.
Promise and Wiseman improve their education in Malawi
Promise was orphaned and lives with her Aunt and four cousins. They don’t understand her goal to be a biomedical scientist. They tell her instead of reading she should look for a husband and have children. In Malawi only 54% of children make it to the end of primary school, where there can be 160 children in a class. Promise has shown her determination to break the mould by staying in High School, with help from sponsors, and by achieving excellent grades. We are helping her to apply for medical studies.
Wiseman also couldn’t afford to pay for High School, but is now studying for a diploma in Computer Engineering, a very marketable skill.
“Without Care in Action I just can’t imagine where I would have been now. This programme helped me with all my needs for secondary school. To say the truth I am here because of this programme.”
Succeeding at independent life
Yulia escaped abuse and became independent
A girl who we'll call Yulia grew up in a children's home along with all 8 of her siblings. For several years she took part in our development programs and slowly grew in confidence. During a job orientation programme, Yulia, a shy and reserved girl, developed an interest in sewing, decided to become a professional seamstress and signed up for vocational school.
We were devastated to learn she had then been forced into prostitution by her alcoholic father during a mandatory visit to her natural parents, both alcoholics. She ran away, and was so ashamed she almost broke off her studies.
With our support, a bed in a dormitory, and encouragement, Yulia decided to keep going. At the internship at our partnering firm she did well and finally graduated. Since two years she has been working full time. Yulia is now standing on her own two feet. We are thrilled to see how she has become a confident, happy and dependable young lady.
This short film shows how young people gain work skills through our partnership in the textile industry.
Diana found a career as a nurse
With years of support for education from a sponsor and help from our team, Diana completed her studies in medical college and found a job as a nurse. Diana says
“Your example of kindness is the value that drives me to be better”.
We give our heartfelt thanks to our donors, who make it possible for our team to work with children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and help them to change their life for the better.
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We are doing more digitally to empower young people as they prepare for independence. Teenagers have joined our weekly online meetings during times of isolation. For those who lost jobs, food support was a lifeline. And we are developing an app to reach many more care leavers with advice and support.
It’s back to school and our individual support for education is springing into action. Over 60 Children from poor families are getting the school bags and stationery they need. Our mentors and tutors are giving lessons to help children reach their potential. And training will give more volunteers the skills to support vulnerable children.
Every child who needs a sponsor has their own story: some live in poverty while others have lost their parents. When that child finally enters university, or finds a job and supports themselves, we are tremendously proud of their success! Here are some stories of children sponsored in Ukraine.