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


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“.

Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine together with FC “Shakhtar” gives a play-day for children from foster families

On September 20, before the national Adoption day, that is celebrated in our country in the end of the month, “Pitmen” were hosting children from foster families. FC “Shakhtar” together with Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine  have organized this party day for 37 children from 4 to 17 years from Donetsk, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions within the joint project, Say No to Orphanhood

– In our country, there are about 100 000 orphans, and only one tenth of them being are brought up in families, says Yuri Sviridov, the Marketing and Communications Director of FC “Shakhtar”.  – Family-type organizations are very effective tools in the fight against social orphanhood in Ukraine. That is why FC “Shakhtar” has been involved for a long time in this project organized by Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, supporting this important direction. Together we want to draw attention of community and fans to this problem, using all our capacities.

Almost all the day kids from five families together with their foster parents were walking around the stadium and museum, had played tabletop football with the animators, and took the pictures with the Moles (mascots of Shakhtar). Even the Fan-cafe located at the stadium was at their disposal. Here, young visitors had the delicious breakfast and lunch, as well as rested after two hours of exciting excursions, but also met with the organizers of the festival, who presented gifts from Shakhtar.

– We are all so impressed – Elena Zosim-Vinnik, the mother of two and adoptive mother of five, could not hide her feelings. – Frankly, until now, I could hardly believe that kids could be invited and come to the stadium just like that and get such memorable experiences. I thought it was a joke and even called back – it turned out to be true. We are not accustomed to that much attention and such presents, so we are very grateful that we had an opportunity to visit Donbass Arena. After all, all our children are football fans. Look at them – they are happy!

According to the children, visiting their favorite team locker rooms and museum of the club was the most interesting thing for them on this day. Championship trophies, life-size statues of players, hand- and footprints of legendary players, photos of Pitmen on the Wall of Fame – everything was interesting to the children. They were taking pictures next to almost every exhibit. And the foggy screen and interactive “football” floor brought the guys to the real excitement.

Darya Kasyanova, Leader of foster care promotion and family building in Rinat Akhmetov’ Foundation for Development of Ukraine:

FC “Shakhtar” has been our partner in the project Say No to Orphanhood since the last year. It is very important that the football club, players and employees share our values ​​and are doing their best that children live and are raised in the families. It has become a tradition that we invite children from family-type organizations to visit Donbass Arena. Last year we held such event, but only children from Donetsk region were invited. This time, we expanded the geography. The kids dreamt to see the Donbass Arena, they have never been here before. We gave them this opportunity and are happy that the children’s party was a success.

via press office of FC “Shakhtar”

Rinat Akhmetov paid for Mariupol development

Metinvest, vertically-integrated mining and metal company, in September 2011 invested UAH 1,2 million into development of Mariupol city in the framework of bilateral agreement on social and economic cooperation between Azovstal Iron and Steel Works and Mariupol city council. Totally, the support to the city since the beginning of 2011 made over UAH 3,9 million, as the press office of the company reported.

In September 2011 UAH 500 thousand  allocated in the city hospital No 4 for updating fluorography equipment of the hospital, day patient departments, for repair the heating system in surgery unit. Since the beginning of the year, Azovstal invested into hospital more than UAH 1,4 million. Funds allocated allowed making major overhaul of clinical laboratories, surgical unit and an x-ray department of the hospital, as NGO.Donetsk reported.
Also in September, UAH 700 thousand were allocated for improvement, development and support of Ordzhonikidze district, mostly for housing repairs. Earlier, in August 2011, Azovstal provided over UAH 180 thousand for establishment of eight new playgrounds in the Ordzhonikidze district.
“For our enterprise, as well as for all Metinvest enterprises, it  is very important to conduct an open and constructive dialogue that helps to direct resources to address the most significant issues in the regions where we work. That is why we actively participate in the implementation of targeted urban social programs aimed at the development of urban infrastructure and support health and education, caring for the younger generation of Mariupol, “- said Enver Tskitishvili, Director General of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works.

Tatyana Bakhteeva: Any contribution to saving lives is important

Ukrainian philanthropic charitable initiatives are the clear example of the social responsibility in business. But alas, the existing tax system is not stimulating business activities in the social sphere.
Taking into account the health condition of our citizens and the limited availability of health services, any contribution to saving the lives and health can not be evaluated other than as important and necessary.

Speaking about the brightest examples of the professional systematic approach to charity, first of all I would mention Rinat Akhmetov, his “Development of Ukraine” and the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. Two biggest philanthropists not only implement the most extensive and long-term social projects, to which annually millions of hryvnia are allocated, they apply complex approach to solve complicated social problems. Read more of this post

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.


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

Rinat Akhmetov Congratulations to the Miner’s Day and Donetsk City Day

Dear friends!
On August 28 we celebrate the Miner’s Day, a professional holiday of the brave and courageous people whose work is a daily feat.

This day is special for the Donetsk citizens – the Miner’s Day and the Donetsk City Day.

“Donetsk” and “a miner” are closely connected words that complement each other. And this is our strength.

On this day we express our sincere gratitude to every miner for his professionalism and self-sacrificing work.

Mining is the most heroic profession and it still remains one of the most dangerous jobs. Our priority is to make it as safe as possible.

It will always be a heroic profession because the heroism is part and parcel of a miner.

I sincerely wish every miner’s family in Donetsk and all other regions of Ukraine confidence in the future, good health and prosperity.

Happy Miner’s Day! Happy City Day!

FC Shakhtar President Rinat Akhmetov