CKSCP Supports Teachers
When you first think about those in our Sister City who have been most impacted by the war, teachers probably don’t come to mind. This was true for CKSCP Board Members until we were approached by a former Kharkiv teacher and now refugee here in Cincinnati.
She knew what the teachers there face every day. They are working, so very hard, on-line and in underground classrooms, trying to do their best to give children, and their families, a more predictable life in the midst of chaos. Every day they must put on their “best face” and get to work doing what they do best, teaching children.
The former teacher, based on her experience with a support program for Ukrainian refugees living in Slovakia, suggested a format. Fourteen teachers would be offered four group meetings, led by two psychologists, to learn new coping skills to deal with their daily stresses. They would be offered a stipend, and the professionals involved in planning and implementing this program would be paid. It made complete sense that CKSCP should fund this pilot program, fitting perfectly with our mission to help the citizens of Kharkiv.
With the Kharkiv International Cooperation Department and Mayor Terekhov’s knowledge and support of this proposal, the pilot program began in late December. Teachers have now attended all four sessions, and their responses have been very positive. We received follow-up evaluation reports from Oksana Krasnikova, the psychologist who trained the two group leaders, and Tetiana Barbinova, the psychologist in charge of the teachers’ group activities during each meeting. These reports will be shared with the CKSCP board and with Kharkiv governmental officials.
Kharkiv Red Cross at work following the Russian attack on December 30
Russia launched the biggest air attack on Ukraine since the beginning of its full-scale invasion. An unprecedented number of drones and missiles fired at targets across the country, killing at least 31 people and injuring more than 150 others. The attack targeted Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, as well as Lviv, Dnipro, Odesa, Kharkiv, Khmelnytskyi and other Ukrainian regions. Source: CNN
The videos below provide a look at the work of the KRC as they search through the rubble of destroyed buildings.
Kharkiv Red Cross, our volunteers and all citizens of our city are extremely grateful for everything you have done for our city. Without your help the state of the people's lives would be much grimmer.
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