HELP US HELP THE CHILDREN – A Project of Registered Canadian Charitable Organization Dopomoha Ukraini
The founder and driving force behind Help Us Help The Children (HUHTC),Ruslana and the Walkathon team are excited to announce HUHTC’s main fundraiser for 2018, a 650 kilometre Walkathon beginning in Kyiv and ending in Vorokhta. This year marks the twenty-fifth year of HUHTC’s work on the ground in Ukraine and Ruslana will be walking 650 kilometers to help raise awareness and donations for the orphaned children of Ukraine. For over twenty-five years, HUHTC has worked tirelessly to deliver humanitarian aid to those children who need it most; providing material goods, education and joy to Ukrainian orphans – children who are desperately in need of attention, care and support.
Please support HELP US HELP THE CHILDREN and Ruslana as they take their passion to the streets of Ukraine, literally, as they walk from Kyiv (the capital city of Ukraine) to Vorokhta (the village in Western Ukraine where camps organized for orphan children by HUHTC take place) stopping in over 40 locations, covering over 650km by foot.
Help Us Help the Children will keep all of our supporters up to date on www.huhtc.org with weekly updates, as we will be documenting the Walkathon and sharing with you all of Ruslana and the Walkathon Team’s adventures, visits to orphanages, meetings with local dignitaries and any other notables along the way.
At the end of the Walkathon, Ruslana and the Walkathon Team will be joined by over 200 orphan children attending this years Summer Camp for Orphans 2018, which is sure to be a joyous last leg of the Walkathon.
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Today there are an estimated 106,000 children living in 750 orphanages/institutions across Ukraine. This figure does not include those displaced as a result of the current conflict in the East.
- Only 8,000 are true orphans, the rest are socially orphaned (meaning that their caregivers are unable to care for them).
- On average, 250 children enter the system each day, significantly more than the number graduating.
- 20% of children graduating the system end up in prison.
- 10% attempt or commit suicide.
- Less than 1% make it to university
Since 1993, Help Us Help The Children (HUHTC) – a project of Dopomoha Ukraini -Aid Ukraine- together with The New Generation International Charitable Fund has been dedicated to improving the quality of life of children living in orphanages and institutions across Ukraine. Throughout the past 25 years, we have delivered programs and initiatives for children designed to assist them in building a strong foundation, developing self-esteem, transferable life skills and empowering them to reach limitless goals and opportunities.
When Ruslana Wrzesnewskyj and her husband adopted a baby girl from Ukraine, they were appalled at the condition of the orphanages, and the fate of the children housed there – without proper clothing, adequate nutrition or toys. For two years, they organized a small-scale relief effort, storing goods in their garage and shipping supplies to Ukraine in suitcases.
Ms. Wrzesnewskyj officially launched Help Us Help the Children (HUHTC) in 1994, organized under the umbrella of the Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund, a charity devoted to helping victims of the 1986 Chornobyl nuclear disaster, where rates of fatal disease and birth defects have drastically increased. In its first two years, HUHTC raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations.
Today, hundreds of HUHTC volunteers have made countless trips to Ukraine, hosting annual camping excursions, educational seminars and field trips. Funded by donations, the camps are now attended by nearly 500 children annually, where activities range from sports to teaching practical skills: sewing and computer classes.
Help us Help the Children supports over 200 orphanages throughout Ukraine. Since it was formed, some 45,000 children have received services or supplies – medication, food, clothing, or participated in educational programs or anti-trafficking seminars designed to help the children reintegrate into society after leaving the system. Many have benefited from its diverse aid initiatives, including its scholarship program and prosthetics program for children with physical challenges.
Our Ongoing Initiatives
- Annual Summer Camps (since 1996) – societal and life skills training for orphans, displaced children, and children of fallen soldiers.
- Annual Winter Camps (since 2004) – societal and life skills training for orphans, displaced children, and children of fallen soldiers.
- Scholarship Program (since 1998) – financial scholastic support and mentorship through seminars and life-skills training workshops.
- Anti- Trafficking Initiative.
- AIDS Awareness Programs.
Who we are
Help Us Help The Children (HUHTC) is a voluntary, non-profit charitable initiative dedicated to improving the quality of life of children living in orphanages in Ukraine. It is a project of Dopomoha Ukraini – Aid Ukraine.
What we do
Through a variety of initiatives and programs, Help Us Help The Children provides orphaned children and those deprived of parental care with immediate aid and ongoing support. Our mission is to improve their quality of life and health; and create opportunities allowing them to reach their maximum potential.
We are proud of our many success stories – witnessing children grow up within our program, graduating from university, having their own families and even coming back as volunteers to help other children along the same path.