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22.05.2013 |

Today, the first social apartment providing the assistance to homeless pregnant women and young mothers opened in Kyiv

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On May 22, 2013, the first social apartment - Centre for Temporary Stay for Ill and Young Mothers with Infants – started operating in Kyiv. Girls and young women in difficult life circumstances and those living in the street will live here and undergo rehabilitation. As a result of their life circumstances, they are at risk of violence and infection with many dangerous diseases - such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

Today, the first social apartment providing the assistance to homeless pregnant women and young mothers opened in Kyiv

This social technology has long been in operation in Great Britain and the USA, but in recent years it has been increasingly implemented in Eastern Europe and Russia. For the Ukrainian capital - this is the first experience.

The social apartment can accommodate six mothers with children at a time. It was created by Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health in cooperation with the international organization "Right to Health" and Kyiv City Centre of Social Services for Families, Children and Youth. Charitable aid for the apartment acquisition and arrangement was provided by the Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine. Ongoing assistance and support is provided to homeless girls thanks to the joint project of the Elena Pinchuk’s Foundation "Anti-AIDS" and the Elton John Aids Foundation that has been operating in Kyiv since 2010.

Pregnant women and mothers with young children may stay in the social apartment from three months to a year. During this time, social workers, a psychologist, a lawyer will prepare them for the further self-sustaining life. Here the girls will get help with the documents, social benefits for the child, reunite with their families, learn to care for themselves and for the child, run their house economy; they will be provided psychological and medical assistance.

Currently, three mothers and three children - two newly-born boys and a girl of two years – live in the social apartment. These women have nowhere to go after giving birth, they have no family support, no job. If women are left in such difficult life circumstances without any help, the risk of abandonment or deprival of parental rights in the future greatly increases.

“In 2012, 32 women left their newborns in maternity hospitals of Kyiv. Usually they are the women who themselves were brought up in residential care facilities or have no skills of child care. The creation of such Social Apartments is one of the most effective technologies to prevent child abandonment in Ukraine, because it gives the opportunity for women to get professional assistance and stay with their child. Opening the second Social Apartment today, the Foundation officially launches its project “Technology of Child Abandonment Prevention”, - said the director of the Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine Anatoliy Zabolotnyi.




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