Green Cross Ukraine, national ecological organization was established in 2000, actively supported by Mikhail Gorbachev, famous politician, Founding President of Green Cross International.
Green Cross Ukraine gained the status of a National Committee on January 31, 2002 in Geneva (Switzerland).
The main purpose of the organization is the promotion of the improvement of health and social state of the population and providing support to the most affected strata of population – children, teenagers and mothers with little children.
Tragic social and medical consequences of the Chernobyl accident predetermined basic activity lines of the organization within the International Program SOCMED, which is the part of LEGACY Program of Green Cross International.
International Program SOCMED consists of 3 components:
- Social care – SOCMED – social assistance to the most vulnerable strata of population (orphans, single mothers, children living in ecologically unfavorable regions of Ukraine)
- Medical care – SOCMED – rehabilitation and treatment of children, teenagers, mothers with little children and preventive measures.
- Educational care – SOCMED – ecological education and upbringing aimed at dissemination of knowledge about healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition and environment protection
International SOCMED Program in Ukraine is aimed at the formation of the responsibility of the country’s population for the future of their children, their physical and spiritual health. The program provides the acquirement of self-aid methods for people to be able to find their own solutions and take active measures.
The following people are involved in the development and realization of Green Cross Ukraine projects:
GCU President – Maksym Tymoshenko
GCU Vice President – Vladimir Verbitskiy
Founder, Chairman of the Board, GCU Executive Director, SOCMED Program Coordinator – Yuriy Sapiga
GCU Project Coordinator – Tatiana Ishchenko
GCU Project Аssistant – Lolita Bogunenko
GCU Technical and Information Support – Dmitriy Sapiga
GCU Regional Coordinators:
Zhytomyr region – Nelia Palamarchuk
Chernigov region – Tatiana Boiko
Slavutych – Elena Germanovych
Bila Tserkva – Elena Ivanova
Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskiy – Liubov Onoprienko
Donetsk region (Bakhmut) – Nadezhda Opaluk
Projects of Green Cross Ukraine within the International Program SOCMED:
- Eco Summer Therapy Camps
- International Eco Camp
- Caries Prevention (Zhytomyr Regional Children's Hospital)
- Health for the Future (Zhytomyr Regional Children's Hospital)
- Mother and Child Clubs (6 regions)
- Social Cooperatives
- Training for Trainers. School of Volunteer
- Information and Publication
- Organisation Development
Target groups, aid recipients:
- children and teenagers with chronic diseases caused by the consequences of the Chernobyl accident and constant living in the contaminated area
- children and teenagers, whose parents are liquidators of the Chernobyl accident
- children from large families and single-parent families
- low-income and single-parent families
- families and children living in ecologically unfavorable regions of Ukraine
- vulnerable segments of the population, those internally displaced people (IDP), families and children who were uprooted and had to to leave their homes and places of residence (Donetsk and Lugansk regions), in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict in the east of Ukraine
- children and adolescents, orphans and half-orphans whose parents tragically died in the antiterrorist operation in the eastern part of the country
Over 2 000 children aged 8-16 years were rehabilitated and treated in sanatoriums of Ukraine under the project activity for years.
Within the International SOCMED Program over 67 thousand of children aged 4-16 years have undergone medical check-up and treatment.
During all these years GCU receives comprehensive methodic and financial support from Green Cross International, Green Cross Switzerland, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Ukraine and the Swiss Confederation Embassy in Ukraine. Green Cross cooperates with partners who are representatives of ministries and authorities, regional and district administrations, public organisations to support project activities on the permanent basis.
In July 2009 Colgate-Palmolive Ukraine, Co. donated products for oral hygiene (toothbrushes, toothpastes), i.e. 30 thousand items for GCU Caries Prevention project implemented in Zhytomyr region and Eco Summer Therapy Camp held in Transcarpathian region.
In January 2013, with the support of Green Cross International, International Forum Committee (IFC), and the World Water Council (WWC) the Smart Water for Green Schools project was successfully realized in Ukraine. It was aimed to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation, improve water supply to the extended communities and raise environmental awareness of the local schoolchildren (village of Nevgody, Zhytomyr region). 403 people, including 71 children aged to 17 benefited and gained support from the project.
In 2015 in summer season through coordination and financial support of the International SOCMED Program under the project Eco Summer Therapy Camp 110 children aged 9-16 years with the status of victims of the Chernobyl accident and constantly living on contaminated areas improved their health. Treatment and rehabilitation held at the TRC “Polonyna” in the Transcarpathia and in the sanatorium “Denyshi”, Zhytomyr region.
At the initiative of the International Socmed Program Director, in 2015 Green Cross Ukraine (GCU) established new partnership with the children's summer recreation center “Kinderdorf Senti” in Hungary. It was the first joint project realized for the rehabilitation and restoration of health, psychological and emotional state of the children, with the status of internally displaced people from the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. The project was successfully held thanks to the coordination and support of the Hungarian side, the Consular Section of the Embassy of Hungary in Ukraine and promotion of local partners from the Department of Family, Youth and Sports of the Zhytomyr Regional State Administration. Valuable assistance was rendered to 17 children from the families of internally displaced people in consequence of the military conflict in the east.
We are always open to a constructive dialogue with various organizations, funds, groups, people who care about the future of children in Ukraine.