Rinat Akhmetov: The problem of orphanage is counting its last days

On 19 December, FC Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov along with the composer Igor Krutoy visited orphans from the Dnipropetrovsk region. During the visit, Rinat Leonidovich answered the questions from children and journalists.

– Rinat Leonidovich, what was the most difficult choice that you had to make in your life and what factors helped you make the right decision? Read more of this post

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Elton John and Elena Pinchuk announced their second joint project in Ukraine

On November 9, 2011 in Kiev the founders of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation (EPAAF) presented to journalists their second joint charitable project. Its goal is to help girls and young women who are spend most of their lives on the street and so are highly vulnerable to HIV, to gain access to HIV testing and to receive vital social, medical and legal assistance.

The project is implemented by the global health and human rights organization HealthRight International, with the generous financial support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which is supported by the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation. Read more of this post

Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine and the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy Launch New Project

On 5 October 2011, Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine and the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy announced a new educational project Digital Media at Universities. The objective is to implement global standards of journalist training in Ukrainian universities so that Ukrainian students could gain the education like in the Western countries.

During the year ten teachers from five universities of Ukraine, chosen by the special committee, will learn how to teach digital media. The curriculum of Kiev, Lvov, Zaporozhye, Simferopol and Cherkassy universities will include this course as soon as in the academic year 2012-2013. The project launch ceremony and signing the Memorandum on cooperation between Foundation for Development of Ukraine, the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy and the universities took place on 5 October  at the Congregational Hall of NaUKMA.

Anatoly Zabolotny, Director of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine: “When a few years ago we only were choosing what to do with education, we decided to go into the social sphere. We have been considering teachers, journalists, doctors … Those who are of essential importance for the country in the social sphere. We have chosen journalists. As the first step we tried to understand what will happen in this area, how to bring the future now. We decided to focus on things that will come in 5-10 years. If we want to influence the situation systematically, then you need to work with universities. I congratulate the schools that have won the contest. This will accelerate the development and will lead long-term results in the whole country. “

Sergei Kvit, the President of NaUKMA: “I am sure that this third project by Rinat Akhmetov Foundation Development of Ukraine  in the field of journalism will be as successful as the previous ones ( Digital Future of Journalism, Doctorate Program. I must say that in Europe there are no educational projects on new media like this, not sure about USA.  And this project implemented by Foundation and the School of Journalism is unique for Europe”. 

Evgeniy Fedchenko , Director of the Kyiv  Mohyla School of Journalism: “This is an extraordinary event for a future of Ukrainian journalism.  This is an unprecedented project in the cooperation between universities, and it is very difficult to name other projects, which would involve more universities to address teaching issues. This year our school celebrates 10 years since its founding, five years out of them we have been working with our partner – Foundation for Development of Ukraine. We are grateful for that fact that 5 years ago they came up with the idea that the journalism in the Ukraine can and should be changed. Then we’ve been considering the best ways to do it. They brought the idea of journalism education – to start working with digital media, the Internet, with technology, to consider how all this can change journalism in Ukraine, and how this influences the world of journalism“.

Dnipropetrovsk region launched a large-scale program to support foster care promotion and family building together with Rinat Akhmetov Foundation

The objective is to make sure that approximately 400 orphaned children are adopted or fostered in Dnipropetrovsk region every year.

Oleksandr Vilkul, the Head of the Regional State Administration, announced this news at the presentation of the Family for a Child Project Concept for Foster Care Promotion and Family Building.

The presentation was also attended by Dmytro Tabachnyk, the Minister of Education and Science, Youth and Sport; Yuriy Pavlenko, the Authorized Representative of the President of Ukraine in charge of children’s rights; Yevhen Udod, the Head of the Regional Council, and others.

“I have set the task for my team to create the necessary conditions for about 20% or 400 orphaned children living in the region’s orphanages to be adopted by families or accepted to the family-type children’s homes every year. I am positive that we can fulfill this task with the joint efforts of the regional authorities, socially responsible businesses and people’s deputies”, says Oleksandr Vilkul.

The Family for a Child concept was developed at the governor’s initiative jointly with Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine. The project provides assistance to poor families helping them not to lose their children so that children could live with their parents. This project also helps the children currently living in the orphanages to return to their families. Besides, the Concept provides for establishment of the family-type children’s homes and promotes adoption of the orphaned children by the citizens of Ukraine.

“The success of such a large-scale and important program is driven by many factors, and the main thing is that it is an answer to the children’s particular needs. Although the orphanage system provides the orphaned children and children deprived of parental care with food and a place to live, it does not cater to their other basic needs: safety, the right to a decent future, and, which is most important, love and care of their parents. Our task is to give them that”, says Anatoliy Zabolotny, Director of Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine.

The Training Centre has been set up in the region to ensure quality training and support of foster families and family-type children’s homes. Its task is to prepare and support the people willing to adopt or foster a child.

Besides, the region launches the Deputies for Welfare of Families social program within the framework of the Family for a Child Concept. The deputies and activists of the Party of the Regions are going to take care of difficult families. The party members, in their turn, are going to provide assistance to the respective departments of the State Children’s Service.

“Effective policy of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has dramatically changed Ukraine’s attitude to orphanhood. The President’s objective is to realize the right of each orphaned child or each child deprived of parental care to grow up in a family. Dnipropetrovsk region was one of the first in Ukraine to develop and implement such a regional project”, says Oleksandr Vilkul, the Head of the Regional State Administration.

As we reported before, the Regional State Administration and Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine signed a Memorandum on 28 May 2011. This document provides for the implementation of the Foster Care Promotion and Family Building project in the region to prevent social orphanhood.

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Family-type children’s home is a family set up by a married couple or an unmarried person to foster at least 5 orphaned children or children deprived of parental care. The total number of children in a family-type children’s home must not exceed 10, including the parents’ own children.

Foster family is a family that willingly fostered one to four orphaned children or children deprived of parental care.

Press Release, 30.08.2011
Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine
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