Last year's camp, Tree of Life, was a grand success, as was last year's Indiegogo fundraiser, Send a Ukrainian Displaced Child to Camp, which raised over $6,500 CAD.
With the war in Eastern Ukraine now already in its fifth year and hundreds of thousands of children having lost their homes or having been relocated away from friends and family, it is our hope that you will help us once again to make this year's camp even better than in previous years!
Many of these children have lost loved ones to this war and others still have parents on the war front. According to UNICEF, out of the over half a million children currently being affected by the ongoing violence in Eastern Ukraine over 200,000 need urgent support to overcome the trauma of volatile conflict. It is for these reasons that the UYA has decided to run the fourth in a row camp for Displaced Ukrainian Children.
This year's camp - Architects of the Future - will be held in the vicinity of Chernihiv in Chernihiv Oblast, Ukraine from July 30th through August 11th, 2018. UYA volunteers from around the world and traveling at their own expense will keep a watchful eye over the 120 children and youth who will be participating in the camp. Similar to last year, the Ukrainian Youth Association of Canada has pledged to cover the costs for at least 25 of the 150 participants. The additional participants will be funded by the Ukrainian Youth Association in other countries.
The cost for a single child to attend a two-week camp (including two travel days) is approximately $300 CAD depending on the value of the Canadian dollar. This cost includes 3 meals and 2 snacks daily, travel costs for all campers to and from the camp, and any and all activities planned.
This year the Ukrainian Youth Association of Canada has once again committed to a minimum of $7,500 CAD to ensure that as many children as possible can attend. Funds above and beyond $6,000 CAD will be used for administrative costs and to improve and add activities to the camp. With an adult to child ratio of no more than 1:10, the Canadian UYA Executive hopes to be able to subsidize travel costs for 3 or 4 volunteer staff that will be participating this year.
Planned activities at this year's camp include: Sports, arts and crafts, health and wellness, water activities and singing, and will offer the opportunity for these children to make lifelong friends from around the world.
We ask that you visit the Gallery and Updates sections of the campaign page as well, as we will be posting additional information and photographs as they become available.
If you are unable to donate but wish to contribute in another way please email us.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the UYA of Canada at: 416-537-2007 or by email: ky-[email redacted] or in Ukrainian only, the UYA in Ukraine here.
Contact information for individual branches of the UYA of Canada can be found here, while information regarding other national executives can be located by clicking here. Please choose the country that interests you at the top right of the page.
Please note that tax receipts for these donations will not be provided as the funds collected are being used outside of Canada and our charitable status does not apply for these types of donations.
- Ukrainian Youth Ass'n Toronto Branch
- Roman & Lesia Hrycyshyn
- Ukrainian Youth Ass'n of Canada - Etobicoke Branch
- Iryna Staszkiw
- League of Ukrainian Canadian Women - Edmonton Branch
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