This year children got presents not only in Kiev, Odessa, Donetsk, Cherkassy and Chernigov, but in Kherson, Kharkov, Poltava, Nikolaev, Khmelnitsky, Simpheropol, Krivoy Rog, Kirovograd and Zaporozhskya oblast. In many cities All-Ukrainian network of people living with HIV has opened day care centers for kids, involved into epidemic. Social workers of day centers are planning to organize New Year parties on which every child will get a present. Parents and grand parents will get presents for the smallest kids. In each parcel from Father Frost kids will find a box with sweets, Start multicorn dry snacks of various kinds, dry fruits, dry porridge for babies and a toy, individually chosen for every kid. Total weight of New Year presents, received by children and there parents is about one and a half ton.
In 2005, kids from “Beryozka” orphanage and Makeyevka specialized orphanage got New Year presents from ANTIAIDS Foundation and All-Ukrainian network of people living with HIV for the first time. Both institutions are under the care of ANTIAIDS Foundation. This year, small habitants of “Beryozka” got the biggest present from ANTIAIDS Foundation – renovated building. For the funds, attracted with the help of the Foundation, new furniture, household goods and TV-sets for bedrooms for Makeyevka orphanage were bought.
Partly, costs for New Year project were raised from more than 4 thousand of PrivatBank’ clients, who donated for children support in 2005 from a few kopeks to a few hundred hryvnas. The fundraising project through the ATM machines was launched by the bank in August 2004. We would like to thank once more everyone who remembers about children. Kids are always waiting for holiday, especially on the New Year’s Eve…
We also know that HIV-positive kids are in need of our attention and care not only on holidays.
The main project of 2004-2005 – renovation of “Beryozka” orphanage is over, and now ANTIAIDS Foundation is thinking about possible ways to make lives of HIV-positive kids and kids with AIDS a bit better. The results of already completed support projects you can find at Supporting People on our website.
All-Ukrainian network of people living with HIV is a charitable organization that unites both HIV-positive and HIV-negative Ukrainians. The All-Ukrainian Network has representatives in 17 regions of Ukraine and reckons more than 349 members. This organization was founded by HIV-positive people to support each other, protect their interests and human rights, to advocate access to ARV-treatment and diagnostics, to enhance quality of people living with HIV/AIDS, to form tolerant attitude towards people living with HIV/AIDS, to draw the attention of mass media and the government to the HIV/AIDS problems.
For detailed information, please, contact Pavel Piminov, Communications Director, Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation on E-mail: P.Piminov@antiaids.org. Contact phone number: +38 (044) 490 4805.