Child Sponsorship

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The Dnipro Child Sponsorship programme has now been running since 2005 and the Dnipro Appeal Committee will ensure anyone that commits to a monthly direct debit of £10 will be allocated one of the orphans at one of our Orphanages.

At the moment the support we have received has enabled us to make quite a difference to the lives of the children we have managed to help. Thanks to the overwhelming support that the Hibernian community has given the charity, we have actually managed to add another orphanage to the list of places we are able to help out. The Odinkovka orphanage in Dnipropetrovsk has 50 orphans aged between 5 and 15. On our last visit we were able to buy each orphan new trainers and underwear, as well as gift them all a Hibs top and chocolates. We were also able to purchase some toys and games for them to play with in the orphanage.

Does my donation make a difference?
At the moment we have a number of supporters that pay a monthly amount of £10 to the Dnipro Appeal. For example, some of the money was recently been used to pay for the medical treatment of a young girl called Nastya who suffered from spinal problems. Medical treatment in the Ukraine costs money, and it is money that many of the orphans simply don’t have access to. Without this operation there is no doubt that Nastya’s condition would have worsened and she would have found life in Ukraine very difficult. It looks like there will be a successful outcome to the operation which will greatly improve her condition and give her a fighting chance in life. The whole thing costs less than an away game at Aberdeen for your average Hibs fan, so yes, your donation, however small, can indeed make a huge difference to the lives of the kids.

What about the future?
After seeing the difference that a couple of monthly donations has made, we believe that if we can get the Hibernian community to commit long term to a monthly direct debit then it will allow the Dnipro Appeal Committee to take care of the needs of the orphans as and when they arise in the much longer term. The initial aim is to get all 50 orphans at the Odinkovka orphanage sponsored. This will ensure the children have decent clothing, access to toys and games we take for granted, proper educational supplies, schoolbags, shoes and little luxuries like a Mars Bar or an extra pair of socks. If we can manage this then we can look towards expanding the help we can offer in Dnipropetrovsk and its surrounding area.

How do I know I’m helping?
The Dnipro Child Sponsorship programme has now been running since 2005 and the Dnipro Appeal Committee will ensure anyone that commits to a monthly direct debit of £10 will be allocated one of the orphans at one of our Orphanages.

You will receive photos of the kid along with updates on how they are progressing in life and also how your donation is helping on a day to day basis. The updates will be managed by the Dnipro Team here in Scotland, supported by our Dnipropetrovsk based team , Ira and Natalie, who visit the kids regularly on our behalf, recording their progress using the new digital camera we purchased on our recent trip.

How do I sign up?
You can contact us by clicking HERE. We will then collect your details and help you to set up a monthly debit with your bank. Once on board we will send you a starter pack with a photo and details of the orphan your monthly donation will be assisting. The updates will follow by either email or post, whichever is your preference. If requested we may also be able to pass on letters to your sponsored child and have our Ukrainian contacts translate them on your behalf. We know that the orphans feel better knowing that there is someone here in Scotland thinking about them and their well-being.

All that is left to say is thanks for the support you have given us, we are immensely proud of our fellow everyone for their continued generosity. Please give serious consideration to our Child Sponsorship plan, it will go a long way to helping the orphans and establishing their long term future.

Your donation goes directly to help the kids
In its first year the charity raised around £16,000 in donations from supporters and this has been used to help the children of Dnipropetrovsk in a number of ways. As well as purchasing basic items such as winter coats and boots it has also been used to purchase medical equipment, improve educational facilities and supplies, make repairs to the building’s where the kids live and generally improve the lot of the kids in our adopted city. The funds have also been used to rent a premises, purchase baby food, baby essentials and clothing for an independently run Dnipro Baby Centre in the hope that helping young expectant mothers and those whose partners have abandoned them and are struggling to cope, we can prevent the children from becoming orphans. Last year was the most successful when we raised over £25,000 with the credit crunch in full swing these funds helped massively.

How is this done?
Quite simply it is down to the individual generosity of the ordinary supporters and the general public. The Dnipro Appeal Committee organise events such as our Big Event (date to be finalised shortly) and some smaller events such as Race Nights or Dances. We we are constantly thinking of new ways of raising funds, but we are dependant mainly, on the support from the Hibernian Community.  As long as the supporters continue to back the charity with donations, then the Dnipro Appeal Committee will continue to work towards helping as many of the children of Dnipropetrovsk as they can.

What are we doing now?
At the moment the support we have received has enabled us to make quite a difference to the lives of the children we have managed to help. Thanks to the overwhelming support that the Hibernian community has given the charity, we have actually managed to add another orphanage to the list of places we are able to help out. The Odinkovka orphanage in Dnipropetrovsk has 50 orphans aged between 5 and 15. On our last visit we were able to buy each orphan new trainers and underwear, as well as gift them all a Hibs top and chocolates. We were also able to purchase some toys and games for them to play with in the orphanage.

How to sponsor a child

To become a Dnipro Kids sponsor, please download and complete the Child Sponsorship standing order form below. This can can either be printed, completed and sent to your bank, or can be used to set up an online payment. The gift aid form should be completed if appropriate and then sent to Dnipro Kids chairman Stevie Carr at steven@dniprokids.com.

Download the Dnipro Child Sponsorship Form

 

Download the Gift Aid form