Who are you even supporting? - Stay away from AIESEC 1

Who are you even supporting? – Stay away from AIESEC

You might actually have seen it while browsing around the web, those advertisements about volunteering abroad. Especially if you live in Western Europe and Northern America, these advertisements are very common. And you might say, “why not?” Many of the advertisements are from reputable companies after all. Especially…
In dedication of Holocaust Memorial Day 2

In dedication of Holocaust Memorial Day

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. On this day we remember the worst genocide Europe and the world has experienced throughout history. A genocide which primarily targeted Jews and Roma, but also those who were disabled, Slavic people (especially Poles), Jehovah’s Witnesses, communists, socialists, and homosexuals. We’re so many…
Recommended good causes - Ukraine 3

Recommended good causes – Ukraine

If there’s 1 thing most people know about me, it’s my dedicated support towards charities. In light of this, I eventually added a list of recommended charities to the top menu here on my blog, not just nationally here in Ukraine, but even internationally, including in the country…
Song Translation: Yes-R ft. Chantal Janzen - Vecht Mee 4

Song Translation: Yes-R ft. Chantal Janzen – Vecht Mee

Foreword This song was made 12 years ago in support of the Dutch Fight Cancer Foundation. And after all those years, there is still no English translation to be found anywhere. And that hasn’t gone by unnoticed. Hence I received the request to do this translation.This was instantly…
A Day In The Life Of An Orphan | Один день из жизни сироты 5

A Day In The Life Of An Orphan | Один день из жизни сироты

Foreword This translation was requested, even though I possibly would have ended up translating the video someday, based on the subject. The video is by the Russian “Arithmetics of Kindness” Foundation. And it follows a regular day in life of Nikita, a boy who lives/lived in the Moscow-based…
Children need us now more than ever [Part 1] 6

Children need us now more than ever [Part 1]

This is part 1 of a series of blog posts which will together form 1 very large article.I worked long on the full article and it ended up being over 10 thousand words of content.—[All video content in this post has been supplied by UNICEF.]—If you have recently…
Project: Ads for Charity [Last Update: June 2019] 7

Project: Ads for Charity [Last Update: June 2019]

The idea Close to all websites have ads these days, which is obvious, as ads could bring in quite a bit of money. That money could help in many ways, like paying the costs of the website upkeep. Still, in most cases, the website costs don’t even come…
Social media platforms fight bots through automation, causing only worse problems 9

Social media platforms fight bots through automation, causing only worse problems

It’s a regular part of pretty much anyone’s life these days, social media. Most of us visit it at least once a day, if not more, far more even. However, you might be surprised about how many people have experienced being suspended, or banned as people also will…
Translation: Letzte Instanz - Unsere Augen 11

Translation: Letzte Instanz – Unsere Augen

Foreword The last translation of this year. I saved a beautiful song for this moment. I don’t really know what I can say beyond that… Well, let’s just use the blank space to say thank you to the collaboration known as ICE, especially to GEMA in specific, for…
Translation: LETZTE INSTANZ - Wir sind eins 12

Translation: LETZTE INSTANZ – Wir sind eins

While this music video is even a bit controversial to myself, I am a strong believer of one world and one humanity. Meaning, sometimes I have to look past controversies, and just think of the goal. I doubt I will need to say more than this. Original German…
The never-ending wars and conflicts 13

The never-ending wars and conflicts

1914, it may seem like a random year I name, yet, it is not. 1914 is a very well known year because of the Christmas Truce(Weihnachtsfrieden, Trêve de Noël, Kerstbestanden), a truly remarkable moment during the First World War, which never happened again. Yes, it is actually possible,…
The care of orphans in Russia and Ukraine

Orphans and their problems in Ukraine and Russia [2018 version]

The problem for orphans in Ukraine and Russia When you hear Ukraine and Russia in 1 sentence, it is most often about the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine and how either Ukraine or Russia is bad.While this happens, there are very few who dare to notice the impact…
A closer look: deinstitutionalisation of child care systems 14

A closer look: deinstitutionalisation of child care systems

When we look at campaigns like the ones of Lumos, Disability Rights International, Family For Every Child, and even my beloved ChildFund, you would suppose that institutions are basically places that shouldn’t exist at all, however, a question you may wish to have answered is how true this…
My opinion:  Gender Inequality 15

My opinion: Gender Inequality

[Blog posts starting with “My opinion:” are based of my complete honest view about a certain subject. Unlike most other blog posts, they are not intended about making you agree, neither do I truly care if you agree, they are just about sharing my opinion] Inequality… Just saying that…
[RANT] The term Orphan 17

[RANT] The term Orphan

Urgh… I hate it when I as a non-native English speaker have to educate native English speakers… In this case, made even worse as the origin of the lack of understanding quite likely are non-native English speakers, like myself… I am just going to be to the point:…
Have a safe Cyber Christmas 18

Have a safe Cyber Christmas

As it’s Christmas Eve, it’s likely people are creating beautiful memories, memories some may want to eternalize with photos. I am going to keep this short, as the message is short: “Don’t overly share photos online!” If you wish to end the holidays with your (and your family’s)…

After 2 years…

2 years ago, I started my own quest, the quest to get every trustworthy organization listed that is supporting disadvantaged children within the area of Ukraine, and as of 2016 also Russia, and more importantly, that have no connection to politics, so not to any government, and neither…

The unseen bigger picture

After all the horrible discrimination I have seen at the USA, I wish I could ask one of those people a simple and straightforward question, which is: “Are you against migrants?” The reason for that simple question is because the answer quite likely will result in anything meaning…

Is honesty the answer?

Honesty, it seems such an easy concept, however, the reality is different. When we look at what truly happens, many of us are not truly honest, not dishonest either, but rather staying in the middle. Which is not that strange, as when we go through life, situations will…

That one question that left me speechless

Once I was asked “why do you not hate me?”, which is a rather disturbing question to hear regardless, but especially when you are unaware where the question comes from. It’s a question that was asked me a few years ago, which left me speechless, unaware that the…

Goal achieved, problem remains

Over a year ago, I started the fight with anti-institutionalization organizations over the terms “Orphan” and “Orphanages”. An emotional fight, and a fight I didn’t believe I would even have any success at, which I only continued to stand up for because of an increasing amount of support…
Factual info about the phenomenon taking young people's lives: Blue Whale 19

Factual info about the phenomenon taking young people’s lives: Blue Whale

This message was imported from my Facebook, original post at: https://www.facebook.com/thecalmth/posts/1912608612394350?pnref=story Information verified by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Omsk region at Russia Blue Whale is a phenomenon that in the recent years has started taking lives at primarily Russia, called this way to be reflective…

To the United Nations: Stop the confusion!

For about a year already, I’m actively fighting anti-institutionalization campaigns who incorrectly use the word “orphanage” instead of “children’s home”. I’m happy that more and more campaigns, charities, and foundations are opening their eyes, and are attempting to use it correctly. This includes the Lumos Foundation, which I…

No oppression? You even know your own facts?

Do I support Putin? – Nope. Do I support Poroshenko? – Nope. Do I support Trump? – Nope. Do I support T. May? – Nope. Do I support Trudeau? – Nope. Do I support Netanyahu? – Nope. Do I support Rouhani? – Nope. Do I support Xi Jinping?…

[Short] Required to respect officials?

Recently I have read a huge number of adults saying that it is ridiculous that children and youth are not being respectful to elected officials… Somehow, I think those who say it is ridiculous, are ridiculous themselves, as we are talking about ELECTED officials… For those who are…

My activism, my advocacy, my goal

For some time I have been mainly sharing translations, and at my social media accounts, apart of YouTube, messages of hope and happiness. It may seem weird, as, to some, that is no activism and advocacy. Well, let me be clear, in the days of today, it is…
We took away our own livelihood 20

We took away our own livelihood

[Этот пост также доступен на русском языке.] Politics, politics, politics. Are you not getting bored by them? Please, don’t get me wrong, politics are important in life, but the fact that close to 100% of the world has no clue annoys me. Politics, the job of running an…

[Short] Terminology is very important

I have had a lot of comments over the previous years, regarding my blog posts here, but also at my social media posts. This has been the number one reason for me to close the comments here at my blog, as, in all honesty, I got tired of…

English refresher

A small refresher of English words, as apparently many have forgotten what the words exactly mean: Nationality – Being a national of a country, which is based on the country you were born at. Your nationality will never change throughout your life. Citizenship – Being a citizen of…

Our twisted ways

Positivity, it should be shared, right? It is quite disturbing to see how many people are actually not agreeing with this. The reason behind this is not truly known to me, so if it’s justified I would not know, but to be honest, it does not truly matter…
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