Children need us now more than ever [Part 1]

By Vadim Dovganyuk

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 read any news website, you will have…

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

By Vadim Dovganyuk

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 this conflict has on both sides children,…

A closer look: deinstitutionalisation of child care systems

By Vadim Dovganyuk

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 actually is. Orphans, children who lost both…

[RANT] The term Orphan

By Vadim Dovganyuk

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: The English term of Orphan comes from…

A horrible quote

By Vadim Dovganyuk

“What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give.” Ever heard of that quote? It’s quote of British crime writer Phyllis Dorothy James from her book “Time to be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography”. Also, it is among my most hated quotes in existence. This single quote easily leads to a lot of…

The unseen bigger picture

By Vadim Dovganyuk

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 “yes”, at which moment a simple fault…

To the United Nations: Stop the confusion!

By Vadim Dovganyuk

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 have criticized harshly through time, primarily as…

[Short] Required to respect officials?

By Vadim Dovganyuk

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 not aware, those who are elected were…

[Short] Terminology is very important

By Vadim Dovganyuk

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 repeating myself, time and time again. One…