Advance # 14054A
Assisting street youth, single mothers, and children at risk with spiritual and material support
Background / History
Since 2001, the United Methodist community of Kyiv has been reaching out to the neediest and most vulnerable residents of our city. Initial efforts focused on providing free meals in a Kyiv city park to youth living on the streets. In 2008, the United Methodist Church in Ukraine purchased the first floor of an apartment building on the western edge of Kyiv, and opened a community center for families and children in need.
Today, the St. Luke's UMC Family Center offers a number of educational and support programs that provide material, emotional, and spiritual assistance to this vulnerable community.
Goals & Objectives
Our goals for the two-year period 2012-2013 are as follows:
1. To receive ten new children from troubled homes into our pre-school program now being formed, and prepare them for their future enrollment in their local primary school.
2. To assist our current and ten future school children through after-school tutorials and homework supervision, so that they may receive good marks in their class work and progress to the next grade level.
3. To assist five street youth in overcoming their addictions, and to provide a safe sanctuary to these and other street youth who are seeking spiritual and emotional support during their times of struggle.
1. Establish a quality pre-school program for young children; children from broken homes gather for thematic lessons, sessions of arts and crafts, organized playtime, and individual attention tailored to help these young children prepare for primary school.
2. Expand our after-school homework assistance for schoolchildren to welcome more children to our Family Center for a hot meal, fellowship, and homework assistance, providing these vulnerable children with a safe environment to concentrate on education, under the care of trained adults.
The St. Luke's UMC Family Center aims to build healthier families: by preparing young children for their future education, helping young adults defeat addictions and resume a life filled with promise, and equipping adults to find work and provide for their families. Successful outcomes to our projects will be evidenced through the various indicators listed below.
1. Our pre-school children will enter primary school well prepared for further education.
2. Our school children will receive improved scores on their school work and examinations, and progress through the educational system.
3. Young men and women suffering from addiction will be given the opportunity to fight against their addictions and live more healthy lives.
4. Young offenders will not lose hope during their incarceration, and will enter a more healthy and stable lifestyle following their release from prison.
Budget & Financial Information
|Annual Advance Financial Goal
|Local Financial Support
|UMC of Norway
|Rotary Clubs of UK, Norway
|Medical, Rehabilitation, Supplies, Food
|Utilities, Maintenance, Office Supplies
|Salaries, Health Insurance, Pension
- Education, Training, and Research
- Global Health
- Health & Nutrition Education, Hygiene, Nursing, Drugs, Diseases, Natural Medicines, Infant Mortality
- Leadership Development and Education
- Leadership Training, Workshops, Networking, Job Counseling
- Medical Care
- Medicines, Immunizations, Vaccinations, Health Materials
- Persons Experiencing Addiction
- Persons Experiencing Homelessness
- Persons In Prison, Incarcerated
- Persons With Low-Income, Unemployed, or Poor
- Preschools, Kindergartens, Daycares
- Primary/Elementary, Secondary/High, After-School Programs, Camps
- School Children
- Street Children
- Substance Abuse, Addiction, Drugs
- Teenage Mothers
- Youth and Young Adults