The staff at the orphanage are fantastic. They are doing their best in difficult circumstances with limited resources and for the most part limited training. The children’s immediate needs are cared for. This is probably one of the better Baby Homes in Ukraine. Life’s basic necessasities for food, shelter and basic medical care are covered. The senior staff are also open to help which is a massive step for any orphanage – it not necessarily true for other orphanages. The Senior Staff are interested in how other orphanages solve problems and sharing ideas and best practice is encouraged.
There is a great need for better nutrition, development for the children with activities normal to family environments and 1:1 care, and critically a massive need for help with the disabled children who we saw in prams with no stimulation. One 5 year old child about to leave this orpahange couldn’t stand properly and had clubbed feet – something could probably be done to help this child with the right treatment, equipment and training for staff but currently the staff do all they can but don’t have everything they need.
The Baby Home has also had many achievements. Thanks to fund raising locally the staff have ensured that all the old windows have been replaced for Winter 2008. During our first visit the external doors and windows were being changed and we found the rooms hot! We expected a colder environment but with windows in and boiler on, the heat was retained and the children comfortable. This is a huge achievement for the staff and locals.
The Bila Tserkva Baby Home also have a small room to stimulate the children with colour, foam shapes and a kid's favourite - lots of those pastic balls to jump in.
Bila Tserkva Baby Home have also had local and international adoptions and the social worker is working closely with families in the hope to reunite children and families where possible and appropriate. When we were there a German couple were visiting their child during the adoption process and a little boy was having his passport photos taken so that his adoption to a family in USA could be processed.
The orphanage says the following:
Now here live and bring up 60 children , practically all children have this or that a problem with their health. There are children with a children's cerebral palsy, Dawn's syndrome, epilepsy, physical nee defects, for example hearts, a defect of jaw and face, a delay of mental and physical development. Five children have AIDS, four ones - are suffer from a hepatitis B,С.
Children require an attention, a treatment, a balanced diet and a care constantly. Because of an absence of necessary means, which are gaining with the state but in necessary volume, is not to the full provided a requirements for ability to live of children, which in receive less vegetables, fruit, vitamins .
Also it is impossible to give the children - invalids high-grade a neurological and a rehabilitation help because of absence of means on purchase of the necessary equipment, on organization a study for a physiotherapy, training hall, on purchase of necessary furniture.
The personnel of a house of the child consists of the doctor - pediatricians, psychiatrists, doctor of speech therapy, doctor of general defects, tutors, nurses and medical sisters. They direct all efforts to main purpose - that children did not feel their orphanhood and illnesses, give to children warmly of the hearts, develop abilities and social skills of children with physical and intellectual defects, that in the future such children could to conduct a life the high-grade and worthy of human being .
We address to the people having kind heart, not hard soul with an appeal to help our children and to improve conditions of their life, education and health. We are interested in cooperation with the private persons, enterprises of all patterns of ownership and funds. We wait for the offers, responses of the interested people.