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Strategic Plan 2016


1. Priority Activities

1.1 Organisational and partnership activities —
- to create a municipal community centre for supported housing for residents of the oblast orphanages on the basis of one of the larger local communities of Ivano-Frankivsk
- to ensure access to eduction (if necessary, to special education) for residents of the orphanages (regardless of age), in particular through one-on-one educational services;
- gradual reorganisation of orphanages into institutions similar to supported housing and palliative care centres;
- to create temporary neuropsychiatric (adult) departments at the orphanages for persons aged under 35 (until they are organised into institutions similar to supported housing and palliative care centres);
- to create public supervisory boards at the institutions governed by the Ministry of Social Policy with real powers (in particular, approval of candidates for managerial staff as well as expressing no confidence which may result into dismissal);
- to create regional and interregional public expert groups (physical therapists, special education teachers, and other experts) in order to provide advice, guidance, and other support to the staff of the institutions governed by the Ministry of Social Policy;
- to encourage activities of the Departments for Children Affairs and other competent bodies in the fields of protection of the legal rights and interests of persons living at the orphanages and adult institutions;
- to ensure pastoral care for the orphanages;
- to improve the procedure for appointment (election) and dismissal of the management of the institutions governed by the Ministry of Social Policy, in particular to introduce mandatory requirements on the necessary expertise and work experience of potential candidates, and ensure a public procedure for their appointment (election) involving charities, non-governmental organisations, and volunteers.
1.3 Monitoring activities —
- to form (based on objective criteria) and publish Ukraine's orphanage and neuropsychiatric care centre rankings to determine the most problematic ones, in particular by sharing information between organisations and volunteers helping such institutions.

2 Objectives Regarding Certain Institutions

2.1 Objectives Regarding Zaluchchia Orphanage

To promote the following —
2.1.1 To expand the living space for its residents by using the premises that have not been used due to inadaptability and/or the need for renovation), in particular by renovating
2.1.2 To establish effective control over the handover and use of aid by the orphanage, in particular —
- To install CCTV cameras in common areas, considering international experience and not violating the children's rights, in particular the right to privacy and non-interference.
- To hand over (return) written-off (worn-out) aid that has been previously donated by
- The orphanage to inform benefactors, including them signing in a special book, on the orphanage's duty to document aid.
- To use consumables (diapers, personal hygiene products, detergents, food etc) according to clearly defined, justified, and transparent consumption standards, with the possibility of public monitoring (control) over this process.
2.1.3 To  increase the number of employees of the orphanage according to the recommendations of independent experts in the fields of basic care; and physical, psychological, and educational therapy; and increase the wages.
2.1.4 To improve healthcare services provided to the residents, in particular by involving independent experts in the field of healthcare.
2.1.5 To provide proper „verticalisation“ of bedridden children and improve basic care (nutrition and personal hygiene, in particular oral hygiene).
2.1.6 Adoption of children, in particular by ensuring that the information of 100% of the children available for adoption is disclosed in an open database.
2.1.7 To establish and renew family ties of children and young people with their close
2.1.8 To provide the residents with 100% of the necessary nutrition, including special nutrition, medications, essential goods (diapers, personal hygiene products etc) and personal rehabilitation equipment (Ukrainian rehabilitation equipment under state programmes, or, in the case of its insufficient functionality and/or poor quality, foreign rehabilitation equipment).
2.1.9 To provide assistance to university students who are doing internships in conducting physical therapy and educational activities at the orphanage throughout the year
To provide the following —
1. Regular Saturday and Sunday visits of volunteers to the orphanage in order not only to interact with the children and young people but also to conduct educational, play, and therapeutic activities for them.
2. Weekly visits (both on week days and weekends) of the UPN volunteers to the orphanages without notice to ensure public control.
3. Start and establish mentorship for children and young people.

2.2 Objectives Regarding Kolomyia Orphanage

To promote the following —
2.2.1 Improve special education for the girls at the orphanage, and, if necessary, ensure their access to general education through one-on-one educational services.
2.2.2 Expand the living space of the orphans, in particular by improving unused premises of the orphanage.
To provide the following —
2.2.3 A psychologist permanently working with the girls at the orphanage, managed
2.2.4. Regular Saturday and Sunday visits of volunteers to the orphanage in order not only to interact with the children and young people but also to conduct educational, play, and therapeutic activities for them.


2.3 Objectives Regarding Pohonia Neuropsychiatric Care Centre

To promote the following —
2.3.1 Development of occupational therapy, creative workshops, and studios at the
2.3.2 To improve healthcare services provided to the residents, in particular by involving independent experts in the field of healthcare.
To provide the following —
2.3.3 A psychologist permanently working with the women at the centre, managed


3 Objectives to Promote Organisational Development of Orphanages and Sharing

Experience Between Them We believe that orphanages, regardless of their resources, staff, or cooperation with NGOs and volunteers, are NOT the best form of care for orphans with disabilities. Certainly, only in a family, or a community very similar to a family disabled children and young people have the opportunity for full development, education, physical therapy, and socialisation. However, we realise that, unfortunately, currently adoption most often covers only healthy preschool children. We understand that chances for placing many disabled orphans from orphanages into family care are scarce. The objectives set out in this section of the plan do not intend to promote orphanages but are aimed at improving living conditions where orphans with physical and intellectual disabilities continue to live.
3.1 To create a non-profit online store and auction for goods produced by residents of the orphanages and neuropsychiatric care centres, and promote and The online store and auction will run as a separate website where one can —
- Buy goods made by residents of the orphanages, for oneself or as a gift.
- Put one's goods for sale with all the proceeds going to the needs of the residents of
Payment can be made online by card or using a self-service banking kiosk. 100% of the proceeds will be go to the needs of the residents of the orphanages. The goods will be dispatched to buyers via courier. A package will include a leaflet of the orphanage. Over time, this website can also include goods made at adult institutions, where children and young people from orphanages are transferred to when they grow up.
3.2 To assist the orphanages in hosting regular conferences, in particular web conferences, to promote the following —
- Staff sharing experience, effective and innovative approaches, and other good
- Interaction between residents of the orphanages.
The implementation of this objective will require purchasing the necessary technical equipment (multimedia projectors, laptops, web cameras etc) and installing high-speed
3.3 To share relevant information about the everyday life of the residents of the orphanages, their needs, and urgent issues online (on the UPN website or a separate
3.4 To launch a publication (a website and a small circulation newspaper) about the orphanages — everyday life, news, positive experience etc — and also adult institutions in the long term.


4 Objectives Regarding the Organisational Structure and Resources of the UPN

4.1 To recruit proactive and responsible volunteer regional coordinators in Volhynian, Lviv, and Ternopil Oblasts.
4.2 To recruit 1 proactive and responsible volunteer coordinator and 1 volunteer assistant per orphanage in Ivano-Frankivsk, Volhynian, Lviv, and Ternopil Oblasts.
4.3 To recruit full-time paid employees for the UPN
1st recruitment priority:
- Content Manager, PR Manager
- Psychologist, Communications Manager
2nd recruitment priority:
- CEO (Head of the organisation has been and will remain a volunteer)
- 4 Charity Managers for Ivano-Frankivsk, Volhynian, Lviv, and Ternopil Oblasts respectively (local) who will help volunteer Coordinators in these oblasts. Thus, the following model will be established — 2 persons per strategic area, Coordinator (volunteer) and
- Fundraising and Grant Specialist.
4.4 To form a list of volunteer drivers who can help transport aid within Ivano-Frankivsk and/or orphanages when necessary.
4.5 To expand the office of the UPN to 2 rooms, one of which will be intended for temporary storage of the aid and its preparation for handover (marking, making inventories)
4.6 To expand the Board of the UPN to at least 50 members who make a monthly donation in the amount of approximately 200–1,000 UAH (approximately 7–36 USD as of 17 February 2016), with the total amount of operational costs of the UPN not less than 25,000 UAH (approximately 910 USD as of 17 February 2016) per month.
4.7 To use global fundraising websites to raise funds for the needs of Ukrainian orphans with disabilities; create a separate website (with a top-level domain) dedicated to their needs, challenges, and success stories.

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