On 29 September Donetsk saw the opening of a new family-type children’s home of Olena and Yevhen Rudyi. Head coach of Shakhtar football club Mircea Lucescu and the players of the team donated 150 thousand dollars to buy the house. This children’s home is the second one opened by the head coach of Shakhtar jointly with Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation as part of the foundation’s “No to Orphancy” programme.
Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine and Mircea Lucescu open a family-type children’s home
Olena and Yevhen Rudyi have two own children – the daughter, 19, is a university student, and the son, 22, works and helps the parents. Two years ago the Rydyi family has adopted triplet sisters Vira, Nadiia, and Liubov. This week three more children - little Vlad, Lera, and Ania – joined the family.
The mother, Olena Ruda, is happy. “As soon as Vira wakes up – and she is always the first to – she comes to out room to say hi. I can hardly explain this joy. You just want to hug her and give your love. And when children receive love, they are happy to give it back”. Vira is a special child for her parents. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, at the time she was taken from the orphanage she couldn’t even walk. But the care of the family does wonders, and Vira is much better now.
The house Mircea Lucescu and Shakhtar players bought for the family is perfect for their needs. There is a school and a kindergarten nearby and convenient transport connection. The head coach and the team believe the importance of a family for children, so they kept up the tradition from last year, when they bought a house for Zaretsky family.
“Last year I promised that I and the team will buy another house. And we will keep helping children, and especially orphans. Except the two houses, we bought some important equipment for an oncological clinic and for the cardiology department of a hospital. Children are our future,” said chief coach of Shakhtar football club Mircea Lucescu.
Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine selected the family and the house, took care of the renovation and legal registration of the family-type children’s home. Anatoliy Zabolotnyi, director of the foundation, said: “I am happy to congratulate this big happy family and all those who has become or is planning to become parents to children that especially need care and attention. There are about 27 thousand children up for adoption in Ukraine. Files of 12 thousand children can be found of the Ukrainian adoption portal www.sirotstvy.net. Rinat Akhmetov, head of the foundation, believes that every child needs a family and finding the families for such children is the goal of our “No to Orphancy” programme. This is why we also help set up family-type children’s homes – the foundation has opened 35 homes in Ukraine – and involve partners who share our values.”