24 January 2024

Kindergarten teachers use new skills to support children amid war

Five-year-old Mariia is playing with friends in the bomb shelter that belongs to her kindergarten. While the sound of air raid sirens echo through the streets outside, the shelter is a bright and spacious room full of children's laughter.  "I like the kindergarten because my friends are here and there are many cool toys" Mariia, 5 Maria (5) is…, Children continue their studies at the shelter, eat, or sleep. Six-year-old Solomiya likes to play Lego, eat and sleep in the kindergarten., UNICEF Лев - учень дитсадка - позує на камеру в помаранчевому светрі. Він усміхається. Image, Five-year-old Lev likes music classes and aikido the most., UNICEF Діти в дитячому садочку сидять з вихователькою у імпровізованому будиночку, побудованому з українського прапора Image, Given the general anxiety of society, kindergarten teachers take care to distract and entertain children, UNICEF Під час повітряної тривоги в укритті дитячого садочка дошкільнята продовжують розвиткові заняття з використанням матеріалів ЮНІСЕФ. Image, During the air raid in the shelter of the kindergarten, preschoolers continue their developmental activities using UNICEF materials, UNICEF Діти з групи дитсадочка сидять і лежать на ліжках Image, Children in the shelter feel safe during times of anxiety, they continue to play and communicate with each other, UNICEF Дві дівчинки з дитсадочка сміються, граючись за столом Image UNICEF Хлопчик і дівчинка сидять за столом під час заняття в дитсадку. У хлопчика ампутована кисть правої руки. Image, The preschool educational institution is fully operational, despite the air alarms, UNICEF 7 хлопців - учнів дитсадка - сидять на ліжку в сховищі та обіймаються. У них гарний настрій Image, During an air raid, children descend into the spacious shelter of the kindergarten, UNICEF Шестирічна Соломія лежить на ліжку в дитсадку. Її ноги звисають на підлогу. Лев - учень дитсадка - позує на камеру в помаранчевому светрі. Він усміхається. Діти в дитячому садочку сидять з вихователькою у імпровізованому будиночку, побудованому з українського прапора Під час повітряної тривоги в укритті дитячого садочка дошкільнята…
03 October 2023

Dogs help children in Ukraine to cope with stress

Today, five-year-old sisters Eva and Milana have an appointment with their therapist at a metro station in Kharkiv, a city in northeast Ukraine. The therapist is just nine years old and her name is Julie. She is a golden retriever who has been helping children in Kharkiv overcome stress since the beginning of the full-scale war. As soon as Eva…, Five-year-old Eva and Milana with the dog Julie, UNICEF Five-year-old Eva and Milana with the dog Julie Image UNICEF Julie Image, Julie, UNICEF Eva, 5, with the dog Julie Image, Eva, 5, with the dog Julie, UNICEF Five-year-old Eva and Milana with the dog Julie Five-year-old Eva and Milana with the dog Julie Julie Eva, 5, with the dog Julie Canine-assisted therapy classes like these are held twice a week at the Spilno Child Spots, which are run at Kharkiv metro stations by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The classes are free of charge…, Helping to children to heal, Eva and Milana arrived in Kharkiv with their parents after fleeing Kherson, where intense fighting is taking place. The girls have cats and a dog back home. Eva misses her pets and loves to spend time with the animals at the Spilno Child Spot. "The dog's name is Snizhok (‘ snowball’) because he is snow-white and fluffy,” she says, sadly. Eva…, Finding safety underground, Recently, the fighting in Kharkiv has become intense again. Air raid sirens sound several times a day and each time it causes stress for children, who desperately need a safe place to shelter. Last night, Victoria and her seven-year-old daughter Adelina barely slept. "There was huge shelling at night,” says Victoria, who did not hesitate to come…, Adelina, 7, at the Spilno Child Spot, UNICEF Adelina, 7, at the Spilno Child Spot Image UNICEF Image Image UNICEF Adelina, 7, at the Spilno Child Spot Adelina, 7, at the Spilno Child Spot Image Spilno Child Spots have been operating in Kharkiv’s metro since last winter. They serve as a bomb shelter, but also as a place for games and learning, and sometimes as a home. Even during…, Overcoming stress and sadness, Trainer Natalia has lived in Kharkiv since the very first days of the full-scale war. While hiding in the metro with her family, she noticed how depressed the children around her were. She then came up with the idea to organise dog classes as therapy. "The first class was difficult both for me and my dogs,” she recalls. “Severe shelling occurred…