SoftServe Сharity Fund “Open Eyes” in cooperation with the Kharkiv Regional Children's Clinical Hospital doctors have equipped the "Positive Room". The project was realized due to charitable donations from SoftServe company, its associates and other committed and involved people. Project partners: Bureau Kuhlman and designer Anastasia Maslova.
Our Fund helps to equip public hospitals with unique spaces for rapid rehabilitation and psychological well-being improvement of young patients who are treating in the hospital for a long-term time or while fighting against disease. The new space gives an opportunity for little patients to catch up with the school curriculum with teachers; to stay in an alternative to the hospital rooms place, play games, relax, read books, watch educational films and cartoons. Just to stay a child, not a patient,— said Roman Perepichka, project coordinator of the Сharity Fund “Open Eyes”.
Every year, almost 11,000 children from the Kharkiv district, Kharkiv city, Donetsk, Luhansk districts are admitted to the Kharkiv Regional Children's Clinical Hospital. Children with the most serious, life-threatening illnesses receive treatment here: congenital malformations, congenital heart defects, cirrhosis, Crohn's disease, Gaucher disease, multiple sclerosis, orphan diseasesс, etc.
During the therapy in difficult cases, which lasts from 2 to 9 months, children do not have the opportunity to attend school, staying isolated from their friends and family, far away from the happy childhood days.
Volunteers from various non-governmental organizations in cooperation with students from Kharkiv National Medical University used to organize recreation activities for young patients at the hospital. Currently, since the Positive Room opening, about 30-40 children per day visit the room. The children are mainly from gastroenterology, сardiology or neurology departments,— says Georgiy Muratov, Chief Doctor of Kharkiv Regional Clinical Hospital.
The Positive Room is a bright, comfortable and functional space created for children undergoing long-term treatment in hospitals. There are 4 areas in the room: creative, playground, reading and education with specially selected children's toys and materials that prevent children from staying one on one with the disease and feeling isolated.
The SoftServe's Сharity Fund “Open Eyes” Positive Room project was launched in October 2017. The first Positive Room the Fund equipped was at the Wroclaw Children's Clinic for Endocrinology and Diabetes (Poland) in cooperation with Pozytywne.com and partners. The idea to create such a room came from the SoftServe development center in Wroclaw. The SoftServe employees addressed the fund, willing to help with this request. After successful project implementation, the Fund decided to implement it in Ukraine. Since then 4 such rooms have been constructed.
Сharity Fund “Open Eyes” is working on the creation of a similar Room in Lviv. Fundraising for Positive Rooms in Kyiv and Chernivtsi is planned this year. Funding for the project is based on fundraising.
SoftServe Inc., founded in 1993 in Lviv, Ukraine, is a global digital authority that advises and provides at the cutting-edge of technology. SoftServe is one of the largest software development companies in Central and Eastern Europe and the largest Ukrainian service IT company. With its United States headquarters in Austin, Texas, and European headquarters in Lviv, Ukraine, we employ over 8,000 people in 50 offices in 12 countries, the United States and Europe. Developer offices of the company are situated in Lviv, Kyiv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Rivne, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Sofia (Bulgaria), Wroclaw, Bialystok, Gliwice and Warsaw (Poland).
About the Сharity Fund “Open Eyes”
In 2014, a corporate Open Eyes Charity Fund was established as a medium for SoftServe’s associates to initiate charitable projects, raise funds internally for the projects implementation and volunteer as project teams’ members. In 2017, Open Eyes fundraising platform www.openeyes.org.ua became public and in this way the Fund now provides an opportunity for everyone, including SoftServe's associates, to participate in financing the Fund’s charitable initiatives.
Сharity Fund “Open Eyes” encourages partners to cooperate for a good cause. On the Fund's website, you can contribute to a certain project and facilitate long-term hospital stay for children.