Mykola, war survivor, going home
In August 2015, Mykola was playing with friends when they found an undetonated grenade in his Ukrainian hometown. It exploded killing his 4 year old brother and leaving Mykola scarred and missing both lower legs and a forearm. The Canada-Ukraine Foundation searched the world for someone to help. Canada Shriners Hospital agreed to help with all of Mykola's care – not only at our hospital but in partner hospitals as well.
“Mykola’s made amazing progress,” says Chief of Staff Reggie Hamdy, M.D.. “When he arrived, he could hardly do anything on his own and was carried around. He hardly spoke and never smiled. Now, he can walk, go up and down stairs – he can get where he wants to go.” He is also independent when it comes to daily activities. “He can eat with a knife and fork, use the washroom, get dressed – all without help,” explains Occupational Therapist Sarah Cachecho. Mykola’s been cleared to return to Ukraine. “We’ll provide him with a rehabilitation plan that he must do regularly to continue making progress,” states Physiotherapist Rochelle Rein. “He will likely be back about once a year for follow-ups and prosthetic adjustments.” Mykola will surely have to adjust to his new life in a new town in Ukraine, but he smiles and laughs more. He has a future.
The Canada Ukraine Foundation (CUF) was established to coordinate, develop, organize and deliver assistance projects generated by Canadians and directed to Ukraine.
There was and is a need for an institution to monitor, provide & promote commercial, technical and humanitarian aid; to assess and evaluate projects; to foster cooperation and communication among aid providers; to assist in establishing priorities and developing projects that will maximize impact and cost effectiveness; and to act as a forum that brings together individuals and organizations from the community, private and public sectors, which are interested in providing assistance to Ukraine.
CUF therefore was established as a national charitable foundation that would coordinate Canadian organizations that have projects in Ukraine as well as other projects in Canada.
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