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Why do volunteers play such a large role in «CHILDREN IN UKRAINE» program?

Mainly because all of our volunteers are locals, and as they participate in our activities they develop a sense of program ownership thus ensuring future sustainability. Volunteers such as social workers, teachers and other school staff, childcare professionals are well-positioned to understand the individual needs of each child because they are a part of his or her everyday life. Also, working with volunteers ensures the cost effectiveness of our programs by allowing us to employ fewer paid staff with more of your precious donations going directly to serve the children. Finally, our volunteers rejoice as our program helps them to improve the lives of «their» needy children who they were helping even before we moved to work in their community.  Obviously our staff carefully monitors the work of volunteers in all our partner communities and works with them hand-in-hand.