Ukraine | In action since 2012
Vision for Future
While working with children with special needs, members of our Enactus Ukraine team witnessed the difficulties faced by children affected by blindness or impaired vision. Team members forged a partnership with the INGO Ukraine Clinic in Kyiv to work with the young children treated there, and they arranged for ophthalmologists to care for residents with difficult-to-treat eye ailments at the Special Boarding School No.5 for Blind Children. After learning that government or private funding was not available to repair two broken pieces of ophthalmic equipment at the school, team members raised money for the repairs by collaborating with INGO Ukraine and accomplished national artists on a series of master art and other classes for the pupils. Artists also worked with the team to stage exhibitions of the children’s work to raise funds.
Impact(s): 9 classes provided for 25 children; more than 100 crafts produced; 2,860 hryvnia earned; 2 ophthalmologic devices repaired.
What’s next: The team plans to conduct English and business courses for the children, with the ultimate goal of creating a sustainable program that will expand to additional countries.
This project advances these key Global Goals:
Antoniuk Larysa, Pro-rector of Kyiv National Economic University
Volunteer hours invested in project:
Our proudest moment of the past year:
The successful organization of World Heart Day in our university. As a result, more than 60 students underwent diagnostic tests for heart disease.
Biggest challenge from the past year:
In one of our projects, we deal with a child who has a serious disease. The biggest challenge is to help to cure this girl … we created a telemedicine platform to provide her with qualified diagnostics.
Team described in one word:
For Nina, the best moment of her two-year tenure with Enactus resulted from finding a way for a young girl with a rare eye disease to receive treatment. The worst? “Rehearsing with the presenting team [before the National Competition], even though I had a terrible sore throat. I was drinking tea and ate a lot of honey.” Nina has s been involved with Enactus since joining a master class for a previous project and now serves the team as its Vice President of Administration. Nina envisions a career in business and plans to graduate in February 2019 with a degree in international economics and management.
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As team captain, Shkolnyi has faced significant internal challenges through the past two years to lead his team to EWC 2017. “Returning back from EWC 2015, I found out that my team broke apart,” he says. “I put all my efforts and knowledge to create a completely new and sustainable team.” Shkolnyi joined Enactus three years ago after another member invited him to help collect waste paper for an earlier recycling-themed project. He, too, plans to graduate in February 2019 with a degree in international economics and management. For now: “I want to feel the spirit of EWC again, and to [make] new business and friendly contacts from all over the world.
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