Sunflower Summer Camp Enters it’s 3rd year

Sunflower Summer Camp Enters it’s 3rd year

Sunflower Summer Camp Provides Haven for Ukrainian Refugee Children in Warsaw

Warsaw, 2024 – Sunflower Summer Camp, dedicated to supporting Ukrainian refugee children, is marking its third year of operation. The camp, which runs for eight weeks with four two-week sessions, has enrolled 230 children aged 2-16 this year, with a waiting list reflecting high demand.

“We specifically chose an amazing Ukrainian staff, many of whom are here for a second summer,” says Ellen Wasserson, a key organizer. “We have had them certified as teachers in Poland, which enables future employment.” The camp’s experienced Polish administrative staff ensures smooth and efficient operations.

The camp’s program focuses on a balance of activities including art and film workshops, educational and fun field trips, games, and playful learning that builds self-esteem, fosters curiosity, encourages problem-solving, and promotes hands-on creativity. Children also participate in dancing, singing, and sports, all under the watchful eyes of caring, experienced teachers.

“We aim to create a supportive environment where children learn to be kind, share, and work together in groups,” Wasserson explains. “Older children divide into teams to produce their own movies, using computers and phones to write, act, edit, and film.”

Sunflower Summer Camp emphasizes building supportive relationships among Ukrainian children and teachers, fostering a sense of community despite the dispersed living situations in Warsaw. The goal is to help children build confidence and resilience while having fun and maintaining their Ukrainian pride and connections.

The camp also provides psychological support to children, parents, and teachers, all of whom have experienced trauma. Nutritional needs are met with provided breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

The Ukrainian Embassy to Poland has recognized Sunflower Summer Camp’s impactful work by granting it official Patronage and honoring Gary, one of the organizers, with a special medal.

Sunflower Summer Camp continues to be a beacon of hope and joy for Ukrainian refugee children, offering a safe and nurturing environment to thrive.

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Elena Report-Nikopol, Ukraine

Elena Report-Nikopol, Ukraine

Elena Report-Nikopol, Ukraine

This is one of the best kindergartens in Nikopol. I might be biased because this was my kindergarten. It’s always such a confusion when you start thinking what’s going on in the hearts of the people who shoot kindergartens, schools and hospitals the only sings which gives us some kind of comfort it’s gladness that no children were there at the moment.  It’s always hard to see how this buildings which were made to serve children are being destroyed. We are very glad that we can take part and help to save those buildings from moisture and destruction, thanks to window insulation.

Please help us keep families warm in Ukraine. We need funding to help keep this project going. As little as $15 can replace a window.

The need is big, but small donations will make a difference!

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#NikopolWindows #NikopolWindowProject #InsulateUkraine #UkrainianChildren #UkrainianChildren.org @ukrainianchildren

Ukrainian Children Inc

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Elena Report-Nikopol, Ukraine

Elena Report-Nikopol, Ukraine

Elena Report-Nikopol, Ukraine

This old sweet lady is Alla. She’s 84 years old. Half of her house was destroyed after a shell. You can see the big holes in her walls and ceiling. She said last winter was terribly cold. She didn’t know how she would survive it. When she called us and asked to insulate her windows, she was crying and begging us to help her. With this window insulation, we know she will be much warmer this winter.

Please help us keep families warm in Ukraine. We need funding to help keep this project going. As little as $15 can replace a window.

The need is big, but small donations will make a difference!

Donate

#NikopolWindows #NikopolWindowProject #InsulateUkraine #UkrainianChildren #UkrainianChildren.org @ukrainianchildren

Ukrainian Children Inc

EIN# 88-1627269

Listed on GoldStar

https://www.UkrainianChildren.org

Elena Report-Nikopol, Ukraine

Elena Report-Nikopol, Ukraine

Elena Report-Nikopol, Ukraine

Maya lives alone.

She is one of the most positive people we have ever met, even after her apartment was shelled. All the windows were destroyed and she was so cold in her house. She was still smiling and supporting of everyone who lives around her. She was very grateful for the window insulation and she is sure that this winter, it will be much warmer in her apartment.

Please help us keep families warm in Ukraine. We need funding to help keep this project going. As little as $15 can replace a window.

The need is big, but small donations will make a difference!

Donate

#NikopolWindows #NikopolWindowProject #InsulateUkraine #UkrainianChildren #UkrainianChildren.org @ukrainianchildren

Ukrainian Children Inc

EIN# 88-1627269

Listed on GoldStar

https://www.UkrainianChildren.org

Elena Report-Niool, Ukraine

Elena Report-Niool, Ukraine

Elena Report-Nikopol, Ukraine

This is Valentina and she lives alone. When a shell exploded next to her house, it broke the kitchen window. She covered it with plywood, but of course she didn’t like it. The kitchen was cold and dark. She said that during the winter, before going into the kitchen, she would run the gas stove to warm the room up a little. Then she could use the kitchen to cook. Now, thanks to the window insulation, it will be light and warmer next winter.