St. Nicholas Day turned out to be filled with gifts for children with special needs, who came from the administrative center, Lutsk, Gorokhiv and Kivertsi districts.
Ihor Palytsia “Tilky Razom” Foundation has invited the children to the joyous celebration, which took place in Taras Shevchenko Volyn Regional Music and Drama Theatre. Nearly 500 youngsters saw the play “Alice in Wonderland” and got sweet treats.
“Last year we were organizing the celebration only for differently abled children from the regional center (Lutsk). Whereas this year the Foundation has enlarged its work scope around the whole Volyn region, we’re planning to conduct a number of New Year and Christmas festivities – mentioned the Chief Social Work Manager of the Foundation Oksana Demchuk. – More than 450 children with cerebral palsy, autism and Down syndrome will see Christmas plays in Kovel and Novovolynsk on 25th of December. Therefore, around 900 children with special needs will get presents from Ihor Palytsia “Tilky Razom” Foundation”.
Kind words of gratitude were expressed by Oleksandr Zhalovaga, the Head of the non-governmental organization “Rehabilitation center for disabled at birth and orphaned persons “Star of Hope”. The members of this organization have displayed their own clay exhibition in the hall. They have also presented the Foundation with the model of the Lutsk Castle made in clay.
“For already 3 years we’ve been organizing the project which aims at creating the environment where the children with special needs could practice art. As part of this project we’ve prepared the workshops for them. In the long run these activities might expand into every child’s life vocation, which will even bring them profit. I would like to wish you further realization of your artistic endeavor in the new and even better projects” – said Orest Makhovsky the Vice-Chairman of Ihor Palytsia Foundation “Tilky Razom”.
Children who were invited to the celebration have genuinely rejoiced at receiving presents. Angelina Samarchuk had the brain herniation removal. Grandmother Nina brings up the girl and her brother, because their mother died in the car accident. 7-year-old Nazar Harbaruk is a second grader of the Educational & Rehabilitation Centre. The boy has Down syndrome. He absolutely adores craft lessons and has many friends in the ERC. His classmate Vitalii Smyk struggles for his well being every day. He has congenital heart defect. After the recurrent operation the boy survived Ischemic stroke and was fully paralyzed. Thanks to his mother, Vitalii is back on his feet acquiring school education.
“When the children are filled with joy, we are as well. The fact that Ihor Palytsia Foundation is not indifferent to these kids, understands them and is concerned about their problems – is very exhilarating” – says Nina Matviishyn, grandmother of little Angelina.