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Rinat Akhmetov Foundation takes part in Mariupol development strategy


On May 19 and 20 Rinat Akhmetov Foundation participated in discussion of Social support program – Mariupol development strategy till 2021. They mentioned several major directions of social policy, such as active socialization and poverty reduction by involvement of the most vulnerable categories of population, including orphans, into work activities.

During the strategic session of "Opening the Potential" program the representatives of Rinat Akhmetov Foundation gave an assessment and shared experience on the issues relating to security and protection of the rights of orphans, development of family forms of upbringing, prevention of child abandonment, especially assistance to families who find themselves in difficult circumstances.

"During the last two years human and professional potential of Mariupol has significantly strengthened. This is due to the fact that international and Ukrainian non-governmental organizations are widely represented here, and there is a close relationship of the public sector with the government. This synergy creates favourable conditions for development of social services that may contribute to the prevention of child abandonment, improve the quality of people's lives and influence the further development of the city", ‒ Darya Kasyanova, the Head of "Say No to Orphanhood" program at Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, shared.

During the event the Foundation presented its new "Mentorship" project aimed at orphaned children older than 12, who are staying at boarding schools and orphanages. According to Darya Kasyanova, due to implementation of this project, mentors will help children to get adapted to adult life outside the boarding school, acquire certain skills of independent living and self-care, find their mission and choose their future profession.

"Mariupol has a lot of enterprises that can become the first workplace for boarding school graduates. Mentorship project is aimed at actualization of needs, both the city and the orphaned children. Later they can build a good career at these enterprises and love Mariupol forever", ‒ the Head of "Say No to Orphanhood Project" explains.