Orphans stay without dwelling. In spite of the approved program nothing has been built for boarding school graduates within a year
Speaking at the All-Ukrainian Meeting on Child Protection, the President Viktor Yanukovych promised "unpleasant conversation" to local authorities unless they start to solve the problem of orphans housing soon.
In the Transcarpathian region such document was approved last year, but a really difficult situation have not moved a single step.
Under the "Program of reforming institutions for orphans and children deprived of parental care for years 2012-2017" approved on December 30, 2011, over the next five years a network of social hostels for orphans should be built. It provided also that the housing for orphans of legal age would be purchased and built, and more - the electronic registry of children and citizens who want to adopt them would be created.
Thus, for 2012 the program provided for 20,000 hryvnias for the registry, 1,000,000 - for the purchase of apartments, houses, land allocation for orphans, 700,000 - to create a network of social hostels and even 10,000 - for preparing graduates of boarding schools to independent living. However, "The Zamok" failed to receive from the officials a clear answer to the question, whether the money have been allocated and spent for the intended purpose.
We know one thing: since the adoption of the program a year has passed, but the regional authorities have not even begun to build a single dormitory for orphans. According to the deputy director of the Transcarpathian Regional Centre of Social Services for Family, Children and Youth Mykola Trofymenko, currently in the region there is only one such center for orphans of 18 years old and older who are in need of housing. It is in Perechyn.
According to the director of the regional rehabilitation hostel for orphans and children deprived of parental care Lubomir Tsubyna, currently 10 boys and 2 girls of 15 to 22 years old are living in the hostel.
In this only one in Transcarpathia dormitory for orphans they admit that the network of such institutions even only for a few seats is needed at least in several districts, as it is quite difficult to find job for everyone in Perechyn.
As for the future of young people who upon reaching 23 years of age must leave the dormitory, then each of them will have to find their way by themselves: someone will become migrant worker, someone will rent apartments, and some lucky ones may receive aid from benefactors.
Today the problem with providing housing for graduates of boarding schools and young orphan mothers is extremely crucial.Children graduate boarding schools, they have nowhere to go. And such social dormitories are especially needed so that they had a place to live, not wandered the streets, studied, worked, created families.
Overall, according to the Transcarpathian Regional Centre of Social Services for Family, Children and Youth, currently 91 orphans and children of 18 to 23 years of age deprived of parental care need housing. They are registered with the social services for families, children and youth in our region. Another 45 people are children 16-17 years old who have graduated boarding schools. And this is not the complete picture, because in some cities and districts there are no social services for families, children and youth, besides not everyone asks help from officials. Because they know: to write a program and to implement it are two different and, unfortunately, not always related things.
Serhiy Tokar, a student at the Lviv State University of Physical Culture:
- After graduationg Perechyn boarding school many of my classmates have thoughts: where to go, what to do? You have to agree, even with living and loving parents the youth nowadays are in extremely difficult situation in terms of getting their own housing, not to mention us - children who are actually unwanted.
I was lucky: I study in Lviv, so for now I don't have problems with housing, I live in a dorm. But I know that for other orphans after school life is very hard. The President spoke of some unpleasant conversation with officials ... They talk and promise a lot. But what will we get out of that?
Where the government has failed to meet the needs of the young adult orphans, the churches have filled in the void. One church in Uzhgorod, Church of the Living God, has a dormitory just outside Uzhgorod. The young people learn a trade and farm the land. Many other churches also operate their dormitories. These would be worthy of a story on their own.
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