Our programs demonstrate our commitment to provide opportunities and empowerment for people in Ukraine, meeting unmet needs for a brighter future.
Our projects range from filling the gap in serving the needs of people with disabilities, to providing transportation and lodging assistance for visiting scholars in scientific and medical fellowship programs. To maximize the effective use of resources and achieve sustainable impact, we seek international partnerships and integration with local communities.
Children’s Hospital of the Future in Kyiv
Wheelchairs for Ukraine
In June 2008, a team of nine people, representing CAAU and UCP/Wheels for Humanity, delivered of the gift of mobility to needy people in Chernivtsi. The delivery was the second to that region, and had been planned to be a part of the commemoration of the 600th anniversary of the city of Chernivtsi and the 100th anniversary of the Chernivtsi City Children’s Clinical Hospital. The team witnessed the inadequacy of the medical system in Ukraine to provide adequate mobility assistance to children with special needs.
The success of the Wheelchairs for Ukraine partnership between CAAU and UCP/Wheels for Humanity has been largely due to the countless hours of volunteer work to refurbish wheelchairs at the UCP Wheels for Humanity facility in North Hollywood and to assist with the distributions in Ukraine. The CAAU team members included CAAU Chair Luba Keske and her husband Wally, Dmytro (Mitch) and Irena Cyhaniuk, and CAAU Vice President Yarko Maryniuk, M.D. The CAAU team members volunteered their time and generously paid for their own travel expenses as well as some of the expenses for the distribution effort.
CAAU is currently working with UCP/Wheels for Humanity to plan for the next delivery in Ukraine, tentatively scheduled for 2010, including specific efforts to address the needs of children with physical challenges such as cerebral palsy.
Orphans in Ukraine
Aid to Needy Seniors in Ukraine
The CAAU Ball 2008 spotlighted the Regional Seniors’ Center in the city of Uzhhorod, located in western Ukraine, at the border of Slovakia and near the border with Hungary. This center was opened in 1993, providing meals and daycare for 50 persons, in addition to home-based social assistance. In 1998 the services were expanded to add temporary living quarters and assisted living facilities. During 2007, medical services were added, as well as free access to the bakery, sewing and recreational facilities. In Fall 2008, CAAU delivered funding for the center to purchase kitchen equipment to support their food services for needy seniors in Uzhhorod.
In June 2008, CAAU Chair Luba Keske and CAAU Vice President Yarko (Jerry) Maryniuk, M.D., visited the home for needy seniors in Korytne, a village about 40 kilometers west of Chernivtsi, to assess the needs and deliver financial support from CAAU. The home was founded by one individual, Victoria Ivanivna Holovach, who gradually built a network of support from the local community and government to serve about 25 people, mostly over the age of 65. Mrs. Keske and Dr. Maryniuk purchased a refrigerator, a stove and two benches for the home, at a cost of about $900.
Help the Children of Ukraine
Over the years, CAAU and CMCF have jointly funded the training of hundreds of doctors, nurses, midwives and others who are responsible for any aspect of neonatal resuscitation. After completing the course and passing the written and practical examinations, the participants will have gained new knowledge and skills that they can immediately apply to the care of critically ill children. CAAU and CMCF have also jointly funded the publication of the latest edition of the American Heart Association’s Neonatal Resuscitation textbook.
Research Saves Lives
Since 2006, scientists from Ukraine have been invited to participate in the annual “Bridges in Life Sciences” conference organized by Regional Cooperation for Health, Science and Technology (RECOOP HST) Consortium. RECOOP is coordinated by the International Research and Innovation Program (Sandor G. Vari, M.D., Director) at Finance Department (Edward Prunchunas, Senior Vice President for Finance Department and Chief Financial Officer) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
For two weeks in June 2008, two Ukrainian scientists, Professor Dr. Rostyslav Stoika and Dr. Rostyslav Bilyy, from the Institute of Cell Biology, national Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Lviv) visited Los Angeles, on invitation from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC), to deliver scientific lectures and participate in seminars. CAAU provided funding for local accommodations and other hospitality for the two scientists.
Rostyslav Bilyy was named “Best Young Scientist” in a competition of presentations among young scientists at the “Bridges in Life Sciences” conference in October 2007. Rostyslav Stoika is a mentor and scientific advisor of Rostyslav Bilyy. He has been involved in scientific projects in the past, and was one of the participants in the February 2006 program at CSMC. Also, as a member of the CAAU advisory board Dr. Stoika continues to assist CAAU with direct project coordination in Ukraine.
For the “Bridges in Life Sciences” conference held in Debrecen, Hungary in April 2009, CAAU sponsored the transportation for ten scientists from Ukraine. The winner of the “Best Young Scientists Award”, molecular biologist Dr. Vitalina Grishkova, and her mentor, Dr. Ramziya Kiyamova, both from the National Academy of Sciences in Ukraine, visited Los Angeles in November 2009, on invitation from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC), to deliver scientific lectures and participate in seminars. CAAU again provided funding for local accommodations and other hospitality for the two scientists.
Ukrayins’ke Doshkillya Children’s Book
The Ukrayins’ke Doshkillya children’s book is an illustrated primer for elementary school children that helps build Ukrainian language literacy as well as Ukrainian cultural literacy. The books funded by CAAU were printed with acknowledgement of CAAU’s underwriting, and were distributed to needy children in Ukraine during 2008. A limited number of books will be made available to the public at the CAAU Ball 2009 Silent Auction.
Somoloskyp was founded in 1952 by Osyp Zinkewych in Paris, France with a group of Ukrainian students. From 1952 to 1990 Smoloskyp was a journal, a publishing house, and information service and an organization in defend of human rights in Ukraine. After Ukraine became an independent nation in 1991, Smoloskyp has focused on working with young people, with activities in publishing, student educational activities and Ukraine’s first Archive, Museum and Documentation Center of Ukrainian Samvidav in Kyiv.
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