MP and Chairman of the Zhytomyr regional organization of the OPPOSITION BLOC Yuriy Pavlenko in Berdychiv where, together with the leader of the OPPOSITION BLOC, Yuriy Boyko visited the Center for Early Medical and Social Rehabilitation of Children.
Opposition deputies Anatoliy Melashenko, Natalia Rybak, Oleksandr Chernomorets, Volodymyr Samchuk and deputy head of the regional party organization Natalia Leonchenko accompanied deputies to the trip.
The initiator of the Center's opening was the ONUFRIENKO CHILDREN Charitable Foundation and its head, the chairman of the Berdychiv city organization of the OPPOSITION BLOC, Natalia Onufrienko. The center was created for children of single mothers, children from low-income and large families, half-orphans and orphans under guardianship, children whose parents died in the war in the east of the country, and widows of ATO participants. Almost two hundred children visit the center and are very satisfied with interesting activities and medical and recreational procedures that they are provided here.
"In conditions when the government has ceased to fulfill its basic obligations for the social support of families with children, such institutions for many parents are the only way to find an interesting occupation for their child and receive help for treatment and rehabilitation. Unfortunately, the current government has adopted so many anti-children decisions in four years, as all governments have not taken together before. Each government, as a rule, began its activities with initiatives aimed at supporting children, from increasing the amount of assistance at birth and ending with the creation of centers for providing comprehensive assistance to single-parent families with children and families who found themselves in difficult life circumstances. The current government has gone the other way, by reducing social payments to families with children, abolishing benefits to foster families, through educational experiments with children with special needs. There is also a curtailment of a number of benefits for children from areas affected by the Chernobyl accident and many other problems that power created. The consequences of such a policy are already evident – catastrophic fertility falls, young parents leave the country in search of a better share," the politician stressed.
According to Yuriy Pavlenko, the OPPOSITION BLOC is the only political force that has a clear program for protecting the rights of the child. And the creation of such centers for helping families with children is one of the directions for the implementation of this program.
Yuriy Boyko appreciated the work of the center and handed its head Natalia Onufrienko a certificate for modern household appliances.