Project: “Children summer daytime camp for refugees’ (IDPs) children in Ivano-Frankivsk region - Summer 2016”
Date: July, 11, 2016 - August, 04, 2016
Purpose: organization of spare time activities and rest camps for IDPs children and teenagers from ATO territories who live in Ivano-Frankivsk region including psychological rehabilitation with art-therapy, different master-classes and excursions to interesting places. Tasks:
- Organization on permanent basis spare time activities for IDPs children in Ivano-Frankivsk region;
- Organization of psychological help and correction for IDPs children in Ivano-Frankivsk;
- Organization of interesting rest by creating summer camp for IDPs in Ivano-Frankivsk;
- Organization of educational and entertaining excursions for IDPs children in Ivano-Frankivsk.
Short Project Summary:
Project offers organization of spare time activities with elements of psychological correction for IDPs children from ATO territories who live in Ivano-Frankivsk.
We offer following activities during the project:
- Art-therapy – psychological correction with painting;
- Handmade master classes for creating toys, adornments etc;
- Organization and holding educational and entertaining excursions in Ivano-Frankivsk region.
Holding these activities will allow to organize psychological rehabilitation among IDPs children in Ivano-Frankivsk and organize spending their spare time with high-qualified specialists.
Situation to be solved by project
After two years of war at the East of Ukraine almost nothing has been done at state level for adaptation of IDPs at the new homes and especially in Ivano-Frankivsk region.
Western Ukraine positively accepted first wave of migration from Crimea. Second wave was accepted not so warm and last waves of IDPs from Donbas region irritate local population. At the very beginning some NGOs organized master classes and trainings for children but for the moment there is almost no systematic activities in Ivano-Frankivsk region.
Next priority after helping children is support of their parents, displaced from ATO territories because their psychological health is very important for children psychological state. For the moment the biggest problem for them is communication.
Parents are busy all the time and have no free time for communication with children. They also have no money to spend time with their children at excursion etc.
When we had our summer camp for children some of their parents told us that we have shown to children during 2 weeks more then they have seen for the last 2 years.
Psychologists came to conclusion that whole situation with war resulted in stress among parents the same way as among children.
Children spend almost all of their time in PC, tablet, phone and internet and they are indifferent. They have almost no contacts with local children and other IDPs children.
The first thing we understood in our work with IDPs is that we need to support their social activity for proper adaptation within their new local society.
Solving these problems is the main purpose of our project.
Summer camp we had in July 2016 showed us that requests for visiting the camp were 3 times more than places we had. It means that the work we do is very important. In 2017 we believe that this project will allow children to improve their creative skills. We will also provide rest for children starting from 3 years old while state does not provide any of it until a child is 7 years old.
Project is directed to forming healthy lifestyle and built in such a way so that it could be used as and educative system during school year. Such idea can also be used in any organization for children.
As we know during summer vacation children rest from hard work during school year, recover their energy, health and develop their creative potential. These are main targets of summer daytime camp.
This direction includes complex activity aimed at improving health, providing children with rest and proper care.
It is also required by following needs:
- Continuing of educative process during summer time
- Summer activities for children.
Most of camp participants are refugees’ children from ATO territories and Crimea who live in Ivano-Frankivsk aged 3-14 (up to 30 children session).
R E P O R T 2016
Camp took place in Ivano-Frankivsk on July 5th-11-th. Children stayed at camp 9-17 except weekends. Camp was located at: 135 Hetman Mazepa street (“Teenager” foundation office).
108 children had their rest in camp aged 3-14 years.
Camp counselors were IDPs from ATO territories who have pedagogical education and experience of work with children.
We had various master-classes, sport activities and excursions during camp time.
List of excursions:
13-th of July — aquapark “Tsunami” (Ivano-Frankivsk)
15-th of July — Halitski wild nature national park, nature museum (Halitch town, Ivano-Frankivsk region)
19-th of July - “Limpopo” zoo (Medenichi village, Lviv region)
21-st of July — Visiting “Carpaty tramway” (Vygoda village, Ivano-Frankivsk region)
27-th of July — museum of pysanka (Kolomyia village, Ivano-Frankivsk region) and residence of Saint Nicholas (Pisten village, Ivano-Frankivsk region)
29-th of July - aquapark “Tsunami” (Ivano-Frankivsk)
3rd of August — Yaramcha city zoo (Ivano-Frankivsk region) and local waterfall
4-th of August — horse-riding school “Wesendorf” (Pavlivka village, Ivano-Frankivsk region)
Daily photo report was emailed to sponsors.
Meal was served in restaurant near camp.
Camp was announced in Internet. We were asked for camp attendance by IDPs from Odessa, Chernihiv, Zhytomyr. Unfortunately it was a daytime camp and we were not able to accept children form other regions or even from other cities of Ivano-Frankivsk region.
Some parents told us that during 20 days in camp their children saw more than their parents could show them for 2 years since they had to live ATO territories as they had to work hard and had almost no free time.
Besides, we accepted children starting from 3 years old, who were not accepted to state camps because of the age and number of such children was quite high. It allowed their parents to solve their own problems while children had rest in the camp. All camp aims were reached for 100%
We didn’t use money for paying utilities as our building owners paid for it and also “Metro Cash and Carry” presented us all necessary housewares. They also gave us some juices, water, cookies, sweets and fruits which allowed us to save money for food and water.
We sent over than 150 letters with request for some help and only “Metro Cash and Carry” replied to us and offered their help.
We believe that project was successfully realized but final decision to be made by project donors.
Project showed that such camps can exist in Ukraine. We hope to continue work next summer and ready to discuss realization of the same camp in winter (with proper adaptation).