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Orphaned children are taught to provide the first aid


In Sviatohirsk, Donetsk region, orphaned children, who participate in the "Mentorship" project of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, had a group training on how to provide first aid. Children learned to stop bleeding, to take measures at fractures, burns, frostbite, insect and animal bites.

Knowledge of emergency basics not only broadens horizons, but also helps to acquire new skills that can save someone in emergency.

"Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is paying special attention to helping orphaned children. It is important that children are ready to any life challenges after they leave the orphanage. Thanks to the training children got important knowledge that will help them in life", – Natalia Baryshpolska, the Head of "Say No to Orphanhood!" program, said.

Children note that the training was not only useful, but also a lot of fun. "Today was a very interesting class. While playing and joking we managed to learn a lot about providing the first aid. We practised on each other a little bit. Now if something bad happens I can help a person in trouble", – Natasha, who participated in the training, shared.

The training leader, who's also a coordinator of "Mentorship" project in Sviatohirsk, Dmytro Zubtsov told that he tried to get children involved in the process.

"Children actually asked to hold this class. We tried to make it as interactive as possible. Children could try the role of rescuers. They studied theory and practice, and also learned how to communicate with doctors and how to act in a critical situation", - he stressed.

A mentor Vitalii Bulavenko tells that Rinat Akhmetov Foundation not only organizes development and career guidance activities, but also provides support to mentor-child couples.

"The Foundation trained mentors and explained some problematic issues that may arise. The guys from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation help and consult in difficult situations. They have a psychologist, a lawyer and a social teacher, all of them are really professional. They know the best ways to act in different situations. If suddenly there is a problem, they support us and help us", – Vitalii Bulavenko shares.

16-year-old Maksym decided about his future profession thanks to the advice of his mentor.

"The project is really good. My mentor supports me. We have different talks. We discuss my future higher education. I asked for his advice. I want to be a programmer. Now I am waiting for the final results of my exams and then we'll make a final decision", – Maksym shares.

As part of "Mentorship" project of Rinat Akhmetov Foundation 11 trainings for 107 potential mentors were held. Now there are 43 mentor-mentee couples working in two towns – Mariupol and Sviatohirsk.