The summer camp engages children of all ages through sports and crafts, relaxation sessions and excursions. It is attended by a mix of Ukrainian and Polish children, which supports the refugee children to make friends in their new community.
Anna, a psychologist, reports seeing a difference in the children after only a few days. “Although it's only the third day, we already see a change in communication, above all in intimacy and the desire to open up,” she says.
At the camp, the positive mark made by the compassion of donors is undeniable.
Anna says, “I want to thank the sponsors of this summer camp. And to say that they are doing a very big job. It is very big and heart-warming. It is the sincerity that our children are lacking now ... I’m very glad that there are people who want to do this for Ukrainian children.”
A safe space to be a kid again
A child-friendly space in Zaporizhzhia is providing opportunity for 6-year-old Ihor* and his 10-year-old sister Katia* to socialise, after leaving their friends when they fled their home. Their mother Polina* says, “We left all our friends at home, it's stressful for the children, they have no one to go out with.”
As soon as Polina heard about the child friendly space, she didn’t lose time signing up. “We signed up for classes and came. My children go to art space. They draw, sculpt, make something...”
Yurii, a psychologist, shares, “There is an improvement in the psycho-emotional state of the child through playing, drawing… They draw, they live out their feelings, they will react to them, this is also important. Also, any physical activity helps children improve their psycho-emotional state.”
The benefits are felt not only by children but also parents like Polina. While Ihor and Katia go to the child friendly space, Polina attends classes on parenting where she learns how to help her children deal with stressful situations.