Please get acquainted, with Viktoriya Raychinets who is founder of the Charitable Foundation “Hope from Heart to Heart”.
Viktoriya does all her best to take care of our country, of children from vulnerable families and those who suffer from the situation in the Eastern Ukraine.
I have been acquainted with Victoria Raychinets for more than two years. This is a person with an open heart and sincere intentions. Victoria, when did your charity begin?
Frankly speaking, my charitable activity begun from the very childhood. I was born in a Christian family. And it was my family who has become the impetus for my true activity and purpose, as it seems to me. It was not a book or a school guidelines, it was an example of my parents, namely example of my mother. She did not do anything at a global scale, but she just lived with it.
When I was in 4th form at school, I remember there was a fire in the next house. I came back from school and saw my Mom hurrying up to help people. I asked her:
“Mom, you do not know these people, do not you? What will you say when you come?”
And mom answered: “I do not need to say anything to them. These people are in need now. Now they need my help”. And I was surprised then.
Mom did her best endeavors without expecting anything in return. There were plenty of such examples for which I am very grateful to my parents. And I came to the point that helping other people is not something supernatural, it should become my way of life.
I remember taking my clothes and toys to those who needed it, to my classmates who went in dirty clothes.
Then you had the idea of helping needy families?
To be sure, recently I have found a small piece of paper where it was written in an uneven handwriting with mistakes my desire of opening my charitable foundation that will work with disadvantaged children who need support and love. And now I understand that my dream was born while I was a child. I did not even think that this could become a reality.
That is the catch of how we send message to the Universe!
Once a man came to me, he wanted to help someone. I proposed him a list of charitable foundations. And this man asked me to do it myself. Set up my own foundation.
9 years ago we gathered the first camp with 30 children. It was very hard. We were only three. We understood the responsibility. Probably, only then did I understand how global this problem is. When children survived domestic violence from relatives, when the elder brother rapes his sister, when the parents are alcoholically addicted, when children aged 6 to 7 years did not know how to go to the toilet, when at the age of 7 just ” pooped” (sorry for such details) in their pants.
I felt the difference when we began to tell them the words of love, paid attention and have a heart-to-heart talk.
Children can not be without love. I am a mother of two kids and I do understand that love makes our future. Therefore, I want to give love not only to my children, who are always near me, but to those who miss it so much.
You have two small kids and how do you manage to pay attention both to them and other children? What is the secret of your time management?
In fact, it’s very difficult. Since the fund is increasing with each project, I want to involve and cover with love more and more children. There are new projects. But I could not manage alone, without my team.
I know that at present time, your team has about 40 volunteers of different professions and social status. How did you find each other?
We have a great team. And each of its members is a master of his/her trade. We have one mutual goal of serving people and bringing love to them. Once it was born in my heart, and now it has become a vital credo: “To carry love and give it to those who need it most.” And for today, there are a great amount of likeminded people.
What does encourage you?
When it is difficult and you are sick and tired from everything I do understand that charity is very important to me. Understanding that I give warmth not only to my husband and children, but to other children, makes me happy. And despite all the difficulties, stresses, I would not agree to change my life for another, more peaceful one. I love my job, my family and my life.
By the way about your family, does your husband help you?
This question is quiet disputable. On the one hand, my husband says, that he should not lobby me anywhere and I need to achieve all by myself. But on the other hand, if it were not for him, I would not have managed. He appreciates me, my heart and desire to be useful to others. Of course he undergirds me and this emotional contact is significant to me. My husband helps me develop as a woman, mother, wife and, most importantly, as a person. When I look at him, it seems to me that God himself took care of me and give me such a strong and reliable, loving and caring husband.
He has his own activities, I have mine. (Anatoliy Raychinets – Deputy Secretary General of the Ukrainian Bible Society, – author´s remark.). He is also engaged in useful work. They publish and distribute the Bible in Ukraine. Their aim is to help people know the Christian principles and live up to these principles
And in fact, helping others our family lives in tandem.
I know that in 2014 you received a grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and about 1500 children had the opportunity to take part in projects. At this point, do you expect a decision on a new grant, for a longer period? What is the difficulty of getting it now?
When submitting documents for such grants, there is sharp competition. The application review period is from February to March. And now it is July and only half of the organizations have received an answer. We really hope for a positive result, but in any case we continue our activity.
What projects are you currently providing?
While waiting for a grant we are not sitting twiddling our thumbs. Now we are developing a new project for rural schools and vocational schools. It will help high school students believe in future. It is important to work on yourself, continue learning and developing. And everyone has a chance not only to change themselves, but also to influence society.
We wish you success! May you obtain grant and have more opportunities for new ideas realization!