In 2024, residential areas and schools continue to be attacked, with strikes intensifying in recent weeks. The destruction has left people in the worst-affected parts of Ukraine without access to adequate medical help, schooling, or safe housing. Food insecurity also poses a threat to many.

BKC and our local partners continue to help those in affected areas and those forcibly displaced. Our charitable activities amounted to UAH 2, 804,374. 24 (USD 71,917.17) from January through March.

  • We are happy to report that, thanks to our donors, we provided baby formula for 45 severely disabled orphans who require palliative care. These children were moved in 2022 to a different orphanage in a safer area of Ukraine as a result of the war. The orphanage administration ensures good care for its little residents despite having no budget for proper nutrition or other essentials.
  • BKC purchased baby formula, food, and diapers for 120 families with children under 3 years of age in Kharkiv, one of the most heavily targeted regions, and provided UAH 4000 (EUR 95) emergency financial assistance for a family in dire need to purchase essentials.
  • Bright Kids purchased renovation materials for a specialised educational institution with 76 children with developmental disorders. 
  • BKC also bought germicidal lamps and wardrobes and installed a ramp, which is a must to ensure accessibility for wheelchair users, for an orphanage for children with severe disabilities. 
  • In addition, we helped pay for rehabilitation courses for 6 children with disabilities.
  • We received and distributed toys among our children from HPS (Hospital Play Specialist), Japan, to help them cope with emotional distress. 
  • Also, despite the many challenges BKC faces in delivering assistance due to security threats, we continue to provide educational, psychological, and humanitarian support at our centre in Myrhorod and support our local partners in running safe spaces for children in Kharkiv and Poltava. Children who live the horrible reality of war every day need a safe, supportive and nurturing environment to retreat to.

During this time, we also supported hospitals and medical institutions in Ukraine as follows:

  • Our charity purchased a ToFscan – a device used in neuromuscular monitoring and recovery processes – for the anaesthesiology department of Kyiv City Children Clinical Hospital #1. ToFscan measures the muscle relaxation of an anaesthetised patient. It helps the doctor make treatment decisions and adjustments to the patient’s neuromuscular blockade when powerful drugs are used to relax the muscles in anaesthesia to facilitate surgery or other procedures.
  • We bought the hospital a BeneFusion uSP syringe pump, which ensures patients receive the correct doses of fluids and medication.
  • BKC also purchased three electrocardiographs, six ophthalmoscope and otoscope diagnostic kits for Rzhyshchiv Medical Centre of Primary Health Care doctors to examine patients’ ears and eyes.
  • BKC supported the National Scientific Center of Radiation Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine by purchasing paediatric EEG helmets and a vein scanner. This device helps visualise the veins, reducing trauma during blood sampling, tests, and intravenous medication administration.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we covered various needs of the Kirovohrad Regional Clinical Children Hospital’s NICU. We bought a video laryngoscope, a device that uses video camera technology to visualise airway structures and facilitate endotracheal intubation, and special tools to use the video laryngoscope to examine newborns.

We also provided essential medicines for the treatment of premature births:

  • Aminoven solution, which is used for parenteral nutrition, 
  • CUROSURF intratracheal suspension and Peyona. Both these treatments prevent and treat respiratory distress in preterm babies, and for many, they can mean survival as often premature babies’ lungs are underdeveloped. Sadly, the NICU no longer receives these vital medicines from the state. The NICU must receive these and other medications via charitable assistance to provide urgent care for preterm infants.

BKC also purchased a neonatal system for the NICU to provide premature babies with the necessary care. In one of the photos below, you can see baby Bohdana, who is three days old, is placed in a neonatal system for treatment. Bohdana’s family has been forcibly displaced from a contact zone. She was born prematurely on February 26 and admitted to the NICU for further support. The system has a range of critical care functions for preterm babies. It is equipped with upper and lower heating systems to keep the baby warm, sensors to monitor the baby’s temperature and a device to humidify oxygen and regulate its flow rate. Special lighting allows quick and effective visualisation of blood vessels, and its LED lights treat newborn jaundice by making it easier for the baby’s liver to break down and remove bilirubin from the blood. The system also has a stainless steel shelf and rails to install additional equipment and boxes to store medical supplies and newborn care items. 

It is of vital importance for NICUs to have the equipment necessary to provide around-the-clock care to sick and preterm infants. This NICU, belonging to the region’s major healthcare facility, struggles to provide urgent care for its patients due to an acute shortage of vital equipment. This is the first time the hospital has received such essential equipment since the early 2000s. BKC and the hospital administration are beyond grateful to our donors for helping the NICU save lives.

From providing nutrition to conflict-affected children to covering the needs of orphanages to aiding children’s hospitals with vital equipment, your support helps to change the lives of people living through the war in Ukraine. This time, thanks to our donors, BKC also purchased professional equipment and supplies for 5 incredible entrepreneur mums who are developing their ventures to earn a living in addition to caring for their children. These remarkable women from vulnerable backgrounds – including forcibly displaced people and mums of disabled children – are fighting their way through obstacles to put food on the table and take care of their children during the war. 

For Liliana and her son Denis, a child with disabilities, the charitable help we provided has been a pivotal point in their lives. Liliana left her home city, which has been under occupation for many years, at the start of the hostilities ten years ago. Her husband abandoned the family upon learning about his son’s disability. Back home, Liliana owned a tailoring business, which she had to close when the region was invaded, forcing her to start everything from scratch. Liliana worked different jobs during the day and sewed at night to make ends meet. As full-scale war erupted in Ukraine two years ago, Liliana sewed clothing for wounded soldiers. Although these years were tough, Liliana kept on going. Unfortunately, her old sewing machine broke down, and Liliana didn’t have the means to get a new one. BKC purchased a sewing machine for Liliana so that she could earn a living. ‘’Sometimes, it is very difficult,’’ said Liliana. ‘’The war has stolen my life, my family and my son’s childhood. All I have now is the fear of being left on the street.’’ A new sewing machine was vital to the family’s livelihood. Now, Liliana can continue working to pay rent, put food on the table, and get treatment for her child. ‘’Thank you for your support. It is very touching. I really needed it,’’ said Liliana.

These three months were productive for BKC. Our donors’ support helped us respond to many requests for help. As the war continues and poverty deepens, there are many more requests for help waiting to be answered. Please help us raise funds to support children and institutions dependent on BKC. Please click here to support our work. Every life matters. Your help counts.

 

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