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RUF-Project is an attempt to suggest  practical steps to improve the quality of life and social conditions of specific and susceptible  layers of  Ukrainian society, with a help of the local and international charities.

For the last 13 years  the population of Ukraine had undergone drastic negative changes. Previous unknown terms such as inflation, corruption, poverty, criminality, have become commonplace and a huge gap has emerged between the  millions of poor Ukrainians ( the have-nots) and the numerous new Ukrainian millionaires ( the haves), so much so that it has become a reality of everyday Ukrainian life. The present political and economic instability of Ukraine has hurt and damaged  the most sensitive and vulnerable layers in the Ukrainian society.
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Target groups for the RUF Project activities:
  • Family Medicine clinics
    Family Medicine in Ukraine remains still  a very new branch of medicine and healthcare and certainly not as popular in Ukraine as elsewhere within Europe.  Thus, one of the present RUF Project goals is to promote the concept of Family Medicine in Ukraine. Three regional branches of the Charity “FAMILY” directed by Family Doctors were established in Mukachevo, Vinogradovo and Velikiy Berezniy.
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  • Children in kindergarten and schools

The condition of most of the kindergartens and schools have to be improved. Classes are badly lit, poorly equipped, and  often too cold for the children . There is a lack of study and development equipment and furniture in the study rooms is often non-existent.

  • Low income families, poorly provided families
  • Single parent families
  • Those families with more than 3 children
  • Disabled and children with learning difficulties

We have mentioned the social poverty gap that presently existis in Ukrainian society  between the minority of those who are extremely rich and the majority of those who can hardly make both ends meet. It is our belief that to help this group carries a high priority. lifamilies2 lifamilies3

  • The aged and single people
    According to  recent Ukrainian statistics,  the population of the country is reducing rapidly: the death rate exceeds the birth rate. In general the country is getting “older” and the number of single aged persons has increased. Thus the above mentioned category needs special care and attention, especially now, when the Government is too preoccupied with the future Parliament elections
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  • People with disabilities
    Compared to other countries of the world, in Ukraine the rate of disabled and physically impaired people, including the parially sighted and blind,and those with hearing impairment  is high.

    Besides the congential causes,  many of these people became invalids as a result of World War II, the Chechen War (when Ukraine was within the USSR), and the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. Even now dozen of years later the new generation suffers the consequences of those periods that were so tragic for the country. We must acknowledge with  shame that this category of Ukrainians are among the least socially supported  layers of the Ukrainian population. Though, perhaps, the western part of Ukraine has suffered this less.

  • To carry out the RUF Project we regard the following activities:

    1. To make a fund of the REVIVAL of UKRAINIAN FAMILY (RUF) Project from the local and international charity contributions.
    2. To establish  contacts with local and international charity foundations.
    3. To finance sub-projects. (The RUF project may be divided into several sub-projects. They may be financed separately if required.)

    We bear  in mind the following sub-projects for the different target groups:

    1) Aged and aged single people

    The activities we plan are the following:

    • to make a list of the aged and aged single people in need of medical and charitable care with the help of the local authorities;
    • to find local charity sponsors through the promotion of the RUF Project;
    • to rent or purchase a two storied building which may house the audience hall, studies, computer, TV and video rooms, kitchen, dining room, and office on the first floor and several bed rooms for the foreign volunteers of the RUF Project on the second floor;

    In accordance with the previous agreement reached with our American and Dutch colleagues the promotion of the present Project in these countries may awake the interest of some charities and family doctors and may call them to come to Ukraine as volunteers, like it was with the Oosthoek – van Dorps. Besides, to our understanding, the volunteers might come from other countries as a result of our Internet international promotion of the Project.

    It is a common knowledge that some aged people hate to lead an idle life. They may want and can be preoccupied in some kinds of activities in which they were very skilled once. Taking into consideration the peculiarities of the region it may include different kinds of folk arts .

    • to recruit local volunteers to assist the aged people in shopping, housekeeping, nursing, etc.;
    • to recruit volunteers from the local religious organisations for psychological and spiritual care;
    • to assist practically and financially in organising funerals;

    2) Poorly provided families

    The activities we plan are the following:

    • to make a list of the poorly provided families in need of the charitable assistance;
    • to provide food, clothes, utensils, furniture, medicines, etc.;
    • to create jobs within the RUF Project for part-time employment;
    • to provide free Internet;
    • to provide a free part-time kindergarten for the young mothers;

    3) Disabled people including blind people and people with hearing problems

    The activities we plan are the following:

    • to make a list of the different categories in need of the charitable assistance;
    • to provide food, clothes, utensils, furniture, medicines, medical assistance equipment etc.;
    • to provide the blind people and people with hearing problems with special equipment;

    4) Children in kindergarten and schools

    • to help with repairing of schools and kindergarten premises
    • to supply with writing materials and utensils, furniture etc.;
    • to provide clothes, medicines, vitamins, etc.;
    • to supply kindergartens with toys;
    • to launch students exchange programmes.

    5) Family medical premises

    Taking into consideration the recently obtained experience we regard the following activities as to the family medicine development in the region:

    • to develop family medicine clinics with computers, faxes and photocopying equipment;
    • to design a specialised computer program for the registration of patients, and document and routine report work;
    • to supply family medicine clinics with special equipment;
    • to help with repairing of the family medicine premises;
    • to organize schools for future mothers;
    • to establish a system of a “weekend emergency” service.  It is well known that weekends are the most terrifying days of the week for young mothers. To reduce the tension we plan to keep emergency doctors during these days. All we need is: an emergency mobile phone and a time table for doctors.

    The REVIVAL of UKRAINIAN FAMILY (RUF) Project could have not only local, but also regional, national, and even international benefits.

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