Become a mentor - change the life of a child (PHOTOS)
"Become a mentor - change the life of a child" is the motto of Kyiv organization that takes care of orphans. In Transcarpathia, the organizers presented the social project "One Hope". It is about finding a mentor - a person who loves children and wants to help, but for some reason can not take a child home.
According to the experts, those children, who have such mentors, can easier enter the adult life and feel fit. This type of volunteering has been taking place in Kyiv for more than five years. During this period, more than a hundred pairs have been formed. One of the main conditions is that the mentor and the child should be of the same sex. All those wishing to become mentors undergo selection and tests, as well as special training. Only after that, the applicant is assigned to a child. The vast majority of those who wants to participate in the project are women.
Kyiv colleagues shared their experience with Transcarpathian colleagues. The NGO looks for partners throughout Ukraine. In Transcarpathia, they plan to develop their own system of volunteer mentors for orphans. The outcome of the meeting was the decision to establish a working group at the public council of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration, which will be dealing with the protection of the rights of orphans and disabled children.