On October 1 each year, the world celebrates International Day of Older Persons declared by the UN. Each year this day becomes more and more urgent, while the problem of the aging turns into a global challenge. On the one hand, it is worth to focus more at the assistance and support. On the other hand, it is important to help them remain active members of society overcoming the psychological limit of old age. Ever more urgent the problem becomes for Ukraine. The latest statistics show that over 22% of the population are people aged 60 years and beyond.
In early September, Visa in conjunction with the Auchan Retail Ukraine held a charity campaign "Pay Visa - do good deeds!" The action was intended to support vulnerable children, young people and families in crisis under care of Caritas Ukraine. This area of the Fund includes work of 12 social centers for children and youth across Ukraine, as well as targeted assistance to needy children, young people and families.
Availability of qualified personnel ready to respond to possible critical situations arising during the work with clients in humanitarian projects and communities is one of the major challenges for all public organizations that provide social assistance in conditions of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Caritas Ukraine felt these risks just on time and included educational programs of improving the skills and knowledge of its employees to the highest priority areas of its activities. As the availability of qualified personnel is the key to organizational stability and sustainable development of the organization.
Young people with special needs has always been one of the key target groups of social projects of Caritas Ukraine. During the year, they have the opportunity to attend specialized centers designed to help them to overcome social isolation, adapt themselves to life in society and find their educational and creative fulfillment. In summer, the regional offices of Caritas, with the assistance of donors and private benefactors, organized summer camps for their wards and their parents to enrich their leisure time and promote their physical and psychological recovery.
For almost twenty years, regional centers of Caritas Ukraine on the eve of the new academic year conduct a traditional nationwide charity campaign “School Backpack”. Its purpose is not only to raise funds to provide everything necessary to start the school year for children from poor, large families and families in crisis, but also to create a festive atmosphere for the wards of Caritas, make them feel support of caring people. Over the years thanks to the campaign, tens of thousands of pupils were able to get brand new school bags filled with necessary stationery.